PHOENIX (AP) -- Luis Gonzalez was given a second chance and he
Gonzalez hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning after an
umpire's overrule gave him another swing, and the Arizona
Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 Sunday.
A week ago in San Diego, the Diamondbacks cleanup hitter took a
game-ending, called third strike and was fined after getting in the
''I'm not arguing any more,'' Gonzalez said. ''I got fined for
one in San Diego. But this time they said I didn't go, and the next
pitch I got a fastball down the middle that I was able to hit.''
Home plate umpire Eric Cooper called Gonzalez out on a
check-swing third strike for what would have been the first out of
the 10th, but third base umpire Jerry Meals overruled the decision.
''It's a tough call not to get in that situation,'' Padres
manager Bruce Bochy said. ''There's no question that he swung. I
don't know what game (Meals) was watching, but he definitely swung.
It was a huge out and probably the difference in the game.''
Junior Spivey singled, then stole second on the disputed pitch.
Gonzalez, who went 4-for-4 and had an inside-the-park homer,
singled to center off Padres closer Trevor Hoffman (1-2), giving
the Diamondbacks their season-high seventh consecutive victory, all at
home. It was Arizona's first 7-0 homestand.
''I was 60 feet away,'' Hoffman said. ''He went around.''
San Diego entered the ninth trailing 4-2, but struck quickly
against reliever Mike Fetters, who hit Ron Gant, then gave up
singles to Bubba Trammell and Deivi Cruz -- the latter a blow up the
middle that made it 4-3. Trammell scored the tying run on a
fielder's choice by pinch-hitter Julius Matos off left-hander Mike
The Diamondbacks ended the 10th inning with an unusual double
play. Tony Womack fielded a grounder by Ryan Klesko at shortstop
and stepped on second to force Phil Nevin, but his throw to first
got away from Mark Grace.
Klesko tried to get to second, and catcher Chad Moeller threw
back to Womack for the tag.
Mike Koplove (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the victory.
Manager Bob Brenly said closer Byung-Hyun Kim, who had a rough
final inning the previous game, asked him for a break.
''He said his brain was fried,'' Brenly said. ''Had the game
continued much longer, fried brain or not he'd have been out
Brian Anderson struck out a career-high 11 in eight strong
innings, Erubiel Durazo drove in two runs -- giving him five RBI in
two games since coming off the disabled list -- and Quinton
McCracken drove in one run for the Diamondbacks.
Anderson allowed two runs on five hits and two walks. He stayed
unbeaten in six starts -- 3-0, but for the second consecutive game was
denied his first victory since July 13 because the bullpen blew a lead.
He gave up solo homers to Deivi Cruz in the fifth inning and
pinch-hitter Brian Buchanan in the seventh.
''I'll never be confused with a strikeout pitcher, but today was
one of those days and you take it and try to build for the next
time,'' Anderson said. ''You don't try to build off the number of
strikeouts, but you build off throwing a good game and giving your
team a chance to win.''
Gonzalez, who singled and doubled in his first two at-bats, made
it 4-1 in the fifth when he lined a shot into center field. The
ball got past a diving Kotsay and rolled to the wall while Gonzalez
circled the bases for his 21st homer.
''Rounding second I was thinking, 'This isn't going to look good
here,''' he said.
San Diego starter Brett Tomko was yanked after walking Durazo,
the next batter.
Tomko allowed four runs on nine hits, which matched his
season-high, and two walks in 4 1/3 innings -- his second-shortest
outing this year.
Arizona scored in the first when Tomko walked Spivey with two
outs. Gonzalez singled, and Durazo hit his run-scoring single.
The Diamondbacks threatened in the second, but went scoreless
partly because McCracken had to stop at first base after his sharp
hopper along the line struck first base umpire Jeff Kellogg.
Chad Moeller, the next batter, singled, but McCracken was forced
out on the next at-bat when Tomko fielded Anderson's bunt and threw
to third ahead of the runner. The other Arizona runners were
stranded when Tomko struck out Tony Womack and got Craig Counsell
to ground out.
McCracken gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead in the third when he
followed Durazo's RBI double with a run-scoring double off the
Anderson's previous high for strikeouts was eight, done
twice. The most recent time was April 24, 1999, against Los
Angeles. ... McCracken hit .500 (10-for-20), with eight RBI, six
runs and five walks, in the seven-game homestand. ... The Padres
are 3-13 in Tomko's last 16 starts, scoring more than three runs in
only six of them. ... Arizona outscored San Diego 31-7 in its four games, which followed a three-game sweep of Colorado.