Diamondbacks 5, Indians 3
PHOENIX (AP)—Shea Hillenbrand wasn’t worried when Arizona fell behind 3-0 in the second inning. He figured the Diamondbacks had the right stuff to come back.
“When you string some at-bats together and score some runs, first or ninth inning doesn’t matter,” said Hillenbrand, acquired on May 29 from Boston. “When you’ve got a lot of veteran players, who know how to play the game, they’re not going to let you get down.”
Jose Valverde, who earned his first major league save Wednesday against the White Sox, struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.
Hammock, a rookie, was impressed by the all-rookie pitching effort.
“It’s just exciting to see, even for myself,” said Hammock, who has three of his seven career RBIs in the last two games. “Guys are stepping up because people are down.”
The turnover continued after the game, when the Diamondbacks sent Edgar Gonzalez, who started Friday night’s 6-3 loss to Cleveland, to Triple-A Tucson.
The move opened up a spot for Brandon Webb, who will start Sunday’s final game of the interleague series.
“I told him that he will be back,” manager Bob Brenly said about Gonzalez. “We were very impressed with what we saw from Edgar, and if he can make these adjustments that we’re going to ask him to make, I think he’ll be even better.”
Anderson (3-6), who pitched five seasons for the Diamondbacks, gave up four runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.
“I don’t want to say mixed,” Anderson said about his emotions. “But they were very anxious, waiting for this game to come and get out there. It was an interesting day, I’ll tell you that much.”
Tim Laker went 3-for-4, including two doubles, and drove in two runs for Cleveland. The Indians lost for the fourth time in five interleague games.
Arizona starter John Patterson allowed three runs in the second inning, when he managed only 21 strikes in 39 pitches.
Patterson got into trouble by walking Bradley and hitting Blake. Both scored when Laker drove a pitch into the gap in right-center for a double, and he scored on a single by Matt Lawton.
Arizona got within 3-2 on the sacrifice flies by Cintron and Hammock.
The first run was unearned after Laker, a backup catcher, grabbed Patterson’s attempted sacrifice bunt and tried to get Chad Moeller at second. His bad throw got past Vizquel and allowed Moeller to reach third with none out.
In the Diamondbacks’ fourth, Luis Gonzalez, Hillenbrand and Danny Bautista singled with none out, but Cleveland got out of the jam with just one run when Lyle Overbay, pinch-hitting for Patterson, grounded into a double play.
Anderson lasted only two more outs.
In the fifth, he gave up singles to Cintron and Gonzalez before Hillenbrand drove a pitch to the wall in left center, giving the Diamondbacks to a 4-3 lead.
“He was a little bit flat out there, and they were getting some pretty good swings at him,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “I thought he battled, he competed. You know, he almost got us through that fifth inning, but obviouslythat big double was the difference.”
Anderson was Arizona’s first pick in the November 1997 expansion draft. … Diamondbacks 1B Mark Grace drew a first-inning walk, his career 1,071st, to move past Harlond Clift and Keith Hernandez for 70th all-time. … Arizona CF Steve Finley missed his third game because of a hamstring cramp. … Bradley was back at CF for Cleveland after missing one game to rest an abdomen strain. … Patterson was 2-0 in his first five major league starts at the end of lastyear, but is 0-3 in four this year.