PHOENIX (AP) -- Since Game 7 of last year's World Series, the
Arizona Diamondbacks have provided some of baseball's best closers
with their worst moments.
Add Robb Nen to the list.
Tony Womack, who had three home runs all season entering the
game, homered twice off Ryan Jensen, then laid down a perfect bunt
to load the bases in the ninth inning Sunday night as the
Diamondbacks rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6.
David Dellucci followed Womack's bunt with a two-run double to
snap the Giants' seven-game winning streak and end Arizona's
season-worst four-game skid.
"Given the tough losses that we've had the last four nights, to
come back against Robb Nen in the ninth inning and win that
ballgame was a tremendous psychological lift for our ballclub,''
Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.
Dellucci's clutch hit came a week after he doubled in the tying
run off Eric Gagne on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth in
what eventually was a victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
"Both guys are outstanding closers,'' Dellucci said, "and I
think that makes you bear down a little harder at the plate.''
Nen (6-2), the seventh pitcher used by the Giants, blew his
eighth save in 42 tries and failed to record an out in the ninth.
Afterwards, he wouldn't talk to reporters.
"He probably wants to be left alone,'' Giants manager Dusty
Baker said. "Nobody feels worse than him.''
San Francisco scored five runs off Miguel Batista in the first
inning and Arizona never led until the finish.
Steve Finley began the ninth with a pinch-hit single, Alex
Cintron walked, then Womack bunted down the third-base line to load
"When you go on a four-game skid, everyone knows the job at
hand is to stop it as soon as possible,'' Dellucci said, "and I
was very proud of our guys. When we went down 5-0, there was no
panic in the dugout. This team's had a quiet confidence about it
for the last three years. It doesn't matter what the deficit is, we
always think we can win.''
The Diamondbacks stayed six games ahead of Los Angeles in the NL
West. The Dodgers begin a three-game series at Arizona Monday
San Francisco dropped two behind the Dodgers in the wild card
race and eight behind Arizona.
Byung-Hyun Kim (8-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory.
Womack, in the first multihomer game of his career, led off the
first inning with a home run, then followed with a two-run shot
with two outs in the fourth as Arizona cut the lead to 6-5.
Womack's two home runs were two more than Barry Bonds got in the
"What hurt us I guess was Womack all day long,'' Baker said.
"The second home run, especially after that walk to Mark Grace,
really hurt. The guy had a great day.''
Womack said he was just trying to sacrifice the runners to
second and third when he bunted in the ninth. The ball trickled
down the third-base line.
"The bunt, that's what I do for a living, that's what I'm good
at,'' Womack said. "I'm not good at hitting home runs. It just so
happened that the guy hit my bat today.''
Five San Francisco relievers shut out the Diamondbacks until Nen
came on in the ninth.
Batista allowed four runs before he even got an out. Kenny
Lofton led off with a double, Rich Aurilia reached on a bunt single
and Barry Bonds walked to load the bases.
After two outs, Yorvit Torrealba doubled in one more run to make
Batista lasted just two innings, allowing five runs on five hits
with three walks and two strikeouts. John Patterson, just called up
from Triple-A Tucson, relieved Batista and, on his first pitch,
Reggie Sanders smashed a 418-foot home run to left to put San
Francisco up 6-2.
Bonds walked four times, the last time to load the bases with
two outs in the sixth. Reliever Matt Mantei struck out Kent to end
the inning. Bonds grounded out his last time up.
The Giants scored 10 first-inning runs in the series. ...
Lofton has singled, homered and doubled leading off the last three
games. ... Womack hit his first leadoff home run of the season,
third as a Diamondback and sixth of his career. ... In 15 plate
appearances in the series, Bonds walked 10 times. ... Giants OF
Marvin Benard, activated earlier in the day, struck out as a pinch
hitter in the sixth, his first at bat in two months. ... Arizona
used six pitchers.