Astros rally to beat Diamondbacks 6-5
Angel Sanchez(notes) tripled and scored on Aaron Heilman’s(notes) wild pitch to get the Astros within two but it looked as if the rally would fizzle when Michael Bourn(notes) struck out for the second out.
Mike Hampton(notes) made his Arizona debut in the ninth, getting Bourn to ground out to shortstop for the last out of the inning. The Diamondbacks promoted the veteran left-hander from Triple-A Reno on Friday.
Saunders allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He also singled in Miguel Montero(notes) in the second for his first career hit and added another single in the sixth before swiping second for his first steal, and Arizona’s first theft by a pitcher since Shawn Estes(notes) on May 27, 2005.
The Diamondbacks had won four straight.
NOTES: Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton(notes) missed his third straight game because of left shoulder irritation. Manager Kirk Gibson said he hopes Upton can play Sunday in the series finale. Upton said he still felt some discomfort in his swing, which was how he injured the shoulder during a game on Aug. 30. … Police said a small group of about 15 to 20 people held signs and chanted outside Chase Field in protest of the state’s controversial immigration law. The protest coincided with the team’s Hispanic Heritage Day promotion. The club re-issued a statement acknowledging that Diamondbacks co-owner Ken Kendrick has donated to Republican political candidates in the past, but Kendrick personally opposes the law. The statement also said the Diamondbacks “have never supported SB 1070” nor ever taken political stances.