Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 8, 11 innings

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PHOENIX (AP)—Alan Zinter had a rare chance at big league glory.

He didn’t miss—hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 9-8 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

“This is my favorite big league hit, I would say,” Zinter said. “When I hit it, I knew I hit it good. I was just hoping there was no wind.”

Zinter played 1,414 games in the minors before making his major league debut with Houston in 2002. He hadn’t homered since September of that year.

The 36-year-old utilityman, who is just 6-for-32 in 26 games this season, followed Alex Cintron’s single with a 391-foot drive into the right-field grandstand. Zinter had entered at first base in the top of the inning.

Brooks Kieschnick (1-1) blew Milwaukee’s second save of the game after Lyle Overbay put the Brewers ahead in the top of the 11th with an RBI single.

Mike Koplove (4-4) allowed Keith Ginter’s triple and Overbay’s hit, but still got the win.

“It was a big comeback for us,” Carlos Baerga said. “Alan Zinter, he’s been waiting for this one for a long time. He played in the minor leagues for so many years.”

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee in a ninth inning that featured blown saves by closers Greg Aquino of the Diamondbacks and Dan Kolb of the Brewers.

Milwaukee scored three times off Aquino to take a 7-5 lead on a sacrifice fly by Ginter and Jenkins’ home run. Aquino blew his third save in 17 tries.

Arizona responded against Kolb. Chad Tracy scored on a wild pitch, and Danny Bautista’s RBI single with two outs tied it.

“They kept on coming back and we kept on coming back,” Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. “It was awesome.”

Ginter went 3-for-6 and fell a homer short of the cycle.

Three of Arizona’s four first-inning runs were unearned. Milwaukee made three errors and the Diamondbacks two in the sloppily played game.

Brandon Webb worked five innings for Arizona, allowing four runs—two earned—on seven hits, five walks and two wild pitches. He struck out seven.

Webb leads the majors in walks (119) and wild pitches (17).

“We’re finally doing some things to get our breaks,” Overbay said. “It just seemed like it went right back to those guys hitting two or three seeing-eye hits. They did a good job putting the ball in play.”

Milwaukee’s Jorge de la Rosa went a season-high six innings in his fourth big league start. He gave up five runs—one earned—on five hits and three walks.

“He just stayed right after them and endured through it,” manager Ned Yost said. “He kept us in the ballgame right there.”


Ginter also drove in two runs. … Milwaukee’s Scott Podsednik stole two bases—increasing his major league-leading total to 67—and drove in a run. His string of 18 consecutive steals ended in the fourth when he was caught stealing home on a play scored: 2-6-2-5-3.

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