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|Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:35 am Post subject: Joe Saunders slows A's as D-backs ring up 5th stra
|"The play of the game for me was Chris Young tagging up," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "One out and generally you're not going to tag up on that play, but he recognized what was going on. He surprised (center fielder Colin) Cowgill a little bit."
Travis Blackley (0-2) cheap jerseys mlb, in his third start since being claimed off waivers from San Francisco on May 15, gave up three earned runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He also had a nasty welt on his left hip after taking a line drive off the bat of Ryan Roberts in the second.
Jason Kubel followed with a single for his second RBI of the game, and 12th of the six-game homestand, to put the Diamondbacks up 4-2 in the fifth.
Joe Saunders (4-4) held Oakland to one earned run over six innings. Scattering seven hits, striking out five and walking two. Young singled twice and scored both times and Aaron Hill had a two-run single as Arizona completed a three-game interleague sweep of the A's. The Diamondbacks have won seven of eight to climb to .500 for the first time since they were 14-14 on May 5.
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"I just missed it," Pennington said. "A double play gets you out of the inning."
Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt singled in the third inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 17 games.
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"It's definitely nice to get the sweep here mitchell and ness nolan ryan jersey," Saunders said. "We haven't played very well at home this year, so it's nice to turn the page on that and give the fans a chance to have something to cheer about."
The Diamondbacks scored three times in the first. They loaded the bases with one out on singles by Young and Justin Upton and a walk to Goldschmidt. Kubel bounced to second in what looked to be a sure double play, but shortstop Cliff Pennington dropped Jemile Weeks' throw to the bag and all runners were safe as a run scored.
On the next pitch, Hill singled to left to bring in two runs and Arizona led 3-0.
That play by Chris Young on a routine flyout set up what proved to be the deciding run in Arizona's 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, the Diamondbacks' season-high fifth win in a row.
An error also figured in Oakland's two-run fourth. Consecutive doubles by Jonny Gomes and Brandon Inge made it 3-1, then Josh Donaldson singled with two outs to left. Kubel's throw to the plate got there well ahead of Inge and catcher Henry Blanco made the tag pittsburgh pirates camo jersey, but the ball came loose and the runner was safe, slicing the lead to 3-2. Blanco was charged with an error.
Arizona had lost 15 of its last 21 home games before going 5-1 on this home stand.