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Diamondbacks win seventh straight game

6/25/2003

PHOENIX (AP) -- Nothing like a season-best 19-hit game to keep a
winning streak going in style.

Alex Cintron homered for the second straight game and the
Diamondbacks won their seventh in a row, 12-5 over the Houston
Astros Tuesday night.

Cintron also singled and doubled, driving in three runs and
scoring twice.

"I don't even know where to start and where to stop," Arizona
manager Bob Brenly said. "It was just top to bottom. Much like
last year and the year before, that's obviously a good blueprint
for winning."

Matt Kata hit a three-run homer in the eighth and had an RBI
single for Arizona.

David Dellucci went 4-for-5 with a triple and Tony Womack was
4-for-5 with a double in the first game during the streak that the
Diamondbacks won by more than two runs.

"We've just got to keep it going," Womack said. "Sometimes
hitting is contagious."

Houston second baseman Jose Vizcaino broke his left wrist when
he was hit by a pitch by reliever Stephen Randolph in the seventh
inning. X-rays taken at the ballpark showed the break.

"As soon as he hit me, I knew it was something bad," Vizcaino
said. "I heard a pop. It was really painful, so I knew there was
something wrong."

Manager Jimy Williams said Vizcaino is expected to be out 4-to-6
weeks.

"If it's any consolation, it (the bone) is lined up and they
don't think they'll have to do anything further," Williams said.
"We'll just wait for it to heal."

Cintron is 5-for-9 with two doubles, two homers and five RBI in
the first two games of the series.

"My timing is so perfect right now," he said. "If I do
something wrong, I'm going to watch the video right away and make
some adjustments. I'm not going to wait for tomorrow. My timing is
the reason right now for my success."

The lead changed hands four times in the first five innings.

Arizona went ahead for good in the fifth when Cintron led off
with a single off Tim Redding (4-7) and Luis Gonzalez doubled over
the head of Craig Biggio in center field.

Cintron scored on Dellucci's groundout to tie it at 4, then
Steve Finley doubled Gonzalez home to put Arizona up 5-4.

Arizona scored three more in the sixth when Kata drew a leadoff
walk, then hustled to third on a two-base wild pitch by Nate Bland.
Cintron followed with his seventh home run, a 412-foot shot to
left. Lyle Overbay's two-out RBI single made it 8-4.

Miguel Batista (6-3) won his third in a row, giving up four runs
on seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven, walked three and
hit a batter.

Every Arizona starter except Batista had a base hit.

An RBI ground-rule double by Rod Barajas, and run-scoring
singles by Womack and Kata gave Arizona a 3-2 lead in the second.
Barajas' line shot down the left-field line, barely fair, would
have driven in two runs, but a fan reached over the fence and
grabbed the ball. The fan was ejected from the game.

Houston tied it at 3 in the third on Biggio's leadoff double and
Lance Berkman's RBI single. Another double by Biggio, this one with
two outs, brought in a run in the fourth to put the Astros up 4-3.

Redding allowed five runs on 10 hits in five innings.

Game notes
INF Eric Bruntlett will be recalled from Triple-A New
Orleans to replace Vizcaino. ... Houston 2B Jeff Kent sat out his
sixth consecutive game with tendinitis in his left wrist, leaving
Geoff Blum to move from third to second when Vizcaino was hurt. .
... Arizona has won seven in a row at Bank One Ballpark to improve
its home record to 23-18. ... Arizona has won nine of 10 and is 4-1
against the Astros in the past eight days. The Diamondbacks'
winning streak began in Houston last Wednesday. ... Dellucci had
his third career four-hit game.