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Diamondbacks bust out for 14 hits

4/25/2004

PHOENIX (AP) -- Richie Sexson homered twice and was hungry for
more.

"I missed it," the Arizona slugger said about his flyout in
the seventh inning, which sent San Diego right fielder Brian Giles
back to the warning track. "I got under it. I just hit it straight
up in the air.

"It's just a little frustrating -- also two runs we would have
got out of it, too, and you could use them against a club like
that."

As it turned out, the Diamondbacks didn't need them. Sexson's
three RBI and a season-high offensive splurge (14 hits) by his
teammates were enough to give Arizona a 12-7 win over the Padres on
Sunday.

"We feel like that's the kind of offense that we're capable of
putting up there, and we needed that today," manager Bob Brenly
said.

Sexson had a two-run homer to cap a four-run third inning, then
homered to start another four-run outburst in the fifth. They gave
him 17 multihomer games and his first since Arizona obtained him
from Milwaukee on Dec. 1.

"It's contagious," Matt Kata said. "You know, Richie just
starts swinging the bat, and the next thing you know everyone else
is getting big hits."

Kata matched his career high with four RBI on a pair of singles
and Luis Gonzalez and Danny Bautista had two-run doubles for the
Diamondbacks, who took two of three for their second series win
this season.

Elmer Dessens (1-2) overcame a ragged start to work 5 1-3
innings for his first victory since Sept. 20 -- four starts. He
allowed four runs on six hits and a walk.

"I didn't have my good stuff the first couple of innings, but I
keep my mind positive and try to shut it down," Dessens said. "A
win is a win."

Ryan Klesko drove in a run with an RBI single off reliever Randy
Choate in the Padres' five-run sixth.

Klesko was the first of two batters that Choate, Arizona's
left-handed relief specialist faced. The other, pinch-hitter Jay
Payton, doubled in a run to cut San Diego's deficit to 8-4.

Oscar Villarreal, the second reliever, gave up a broken-bat,
two-run single to Ramon Hernandez and an RBI double to Khalil
Greene, but then struck out pinch-hitter Kerry Robinson and Ramon
Vazquez to leave the Padres a run short.

But the Diamondbacks scored four more runs in their half.

Eddie Oropesa walked the bases full to start the inning and
Bautista, whose 17-game hitting streak is the longest in the
majors, made it 10-7 with his opposite-field, two-run double off
Antonio Osuna. Kata added his second two-run single off Osuna.

"We killed ourselves," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "I
mean, we walked the first three. That's the last thing you want to
see happen. He just couldn't find the plate."

All four Arizona runs in the third off Padres starter Brian
Lawrence (2-2) were unearned after Greene booted Brent Mayne's
leadoff grounder to short.

Two batters later, Kata singled, and he and Mayne scored on
Gonzalez's two-out shot into the right-field corner. Sexson, the
next batter, then hit the first pitch 421 feet onto a concourse
behind the scoreboard in right-center.

"It was short," Lawrence said about his four-inning stint.
"That's about all I can say about it. I tried to do the best I
could. They got some runs in the third, and I didn't have a chance
to come back and overcome that."

In the fifth, Sexson hit an opposite-field homer off Jason
Szuminski.

Chad Tracy added an RBI single before Kata's blooper dropped in
between three players to send Arizona to an 8-2 lead.

The Diamondbacks, who have given up the most walks in the
National League, paid for a free pass early when Dessens walked
Vazquez leading off the game.

Mark Loretta followed with a double, and Brian Giles hit a
sacrifice fly.

Klesko, who beat Arizona with a two-run double in the ninth
inning Saturday night, led off the second with another double to
right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Hernandez.

Game notes
Five of Sexson's homers have given Arizona a lead, and he
has one game-tying shot. ... Lawrence made his 100th appearance,
including 84 starts. ... The Padres start their second homestand of
the season Monday, with Montreal visiting San Diego for four games
and the New York Mets for three. ... The Diamondbacks have issued
92 walks in 18 games, including 46 by the bullpen.