PHOENIX (AP) -- Danny Bautista is taking his role seriously as
one of Arizona's few remaining veteran leaders.
Bautista hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning,
and the Diamondbacks beat the Florida Marlins 5-3 Tuesday night to
win at home for the first time in nearly a month.Arizona had lost 11 straight home games, a team record, since
beating Minnesota 6-2 on July 4. Shea Hillenbrand also homered for
the Diamondbacks, who won for only the third time in 22 games
overall."We have been playing the game longer than a lot of the guys we
have now," Bautista said of himself and Hillenbrand. "We need to
stay positive and tell them to keep playing hard."With the score 3-all, Andy Green singled off Dontrelle Willis
(8-7) leading off the eighth. Rudy Seanez relieved and allowed
Bautista's 11th homer, his first since July 1."I was ready for anything in the strike zone," Bautista said.
"He threw a good pitch and I hit it well."Mike Koplove (3-2) pitched a perfect eighth, and Greg Aquino
finished for his third save in as many chances."At this point we don't really care who gets the win," Koplove
said. "You could see we had a little bit of spark and that's what
it's going to take for us."Willis lost for the second time in three starts, allowing four
runs and eight hits.Arizona starter Casey Fossum gave up three runs, seven hits and
a season-high five walks in 6 1/3 innings.Florida has lost three straight overall and nine in a row
against teams with losing records.Paul Lo Duca, acquired from Los Angeles last weekend, was
3-for-3 with two walks and is 4-for-5 since joining the Marlins. He
scored the game's first run in the fourth when he singled and came
home on Miguel Cabrera's single."I don't know about hitting the ground running but I hope he
keeps hitting the ball," Florida manager Jack McKeon said. "He's
done a good job for us but he can't do it all himself."Arizona took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. After Green's leadoff
double, Bautista singled to right. Green stopped at third as Juan
Encarnacion's sailed his throw over the cutoff man toward Lo Duca,
just in front of home plate. Willis, standing a couple of feet
toward the first-base line, lunged to his right, and the ball
deflected off the top of Willis' glove to the backstop for an error
that allowed Green to score. Luis Terrero singled one out later."It was just a bonehead play by me," Willis said. "I didn't
know he was behind me, and I should have been behind the plate
anyway. I saw the runner advancing at the last minute and reached
up with my hand. It was just a bad play."Alex Gonzalez's RBI triple off the center-field wall tied the
score in the sixth, but Hillenbrand's two-out homer gave Arizona a
3-2 lead in the bottom half."Overall, we did everything right tonight to win the game,"
Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. "We did a lot of good things.
Fundamental-wise, we were solid."Lo Duca retied it with an RBI double in the seventh off Elmer
Dessens.Luis Castillo was called out after taking a wide turn at first
in the top of the inning, although replays showed he beat shortstop
Alex Cintron's relay throw."That cost us a run," McKeon said.
Willis' error was his second of the year. ... The
Diamondbacks recalled Green from Triple-A Tucson to replace OF Luis
Gonzalez, who had season-ending elbow surgery Monday. Green went
2-for-4 with a run scored. ... Florida activated RHP Ismael Valdez
prior to Tuesday's game. Valdez, acquired July 31 from San Diego,
was 9-6 with a 5.53 ERA for the Padres.