Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Arizona leads 2-1 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Monday, April 17
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 18
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 19
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Game 4: Thursday, April 20
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Giants 3

(8-6, 4-4 away)

Diamondbacks 10

(7-8, 4-5 home)

    9:40 PM ET, April 19, 2006

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: B. Webb (2-0)

    L: M. Cain (0-2)

    DaVanon falls double short of cycle in D-Backs' win

    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks penciled Jeff DaVanon in as a part-time outfielder when they signed him a week before spring training.

    Two months later, DaVanon may turn someone else into a part-timer.

    "He's not going back to the bench tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said of DaVanon. "He's been great -- quality at-bats every time."

    Subbing for Shawn Green in right field, DaVanon fell a double short of hitting for the cycle and drove in three runs as the Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 10-3 on Wednesday night.

    "I started kind of cold, but I've kind of heated up," said the switch-hitting DaVanon, who is hitting .455. "I don't try to think about it, just enjoy it and try to have as much fun as possible."

    DaVanon homered in the fourth inning and singled in the fifth off Matt Cain (0-2) before hitting a triple in the sixth against Kevin Correia. DaVanon hit for the cycle with Anaheim in 2004, becoming the fourth Angel to accomplish the feat.

    The Angels released DaVanon, 33, last December after five seasons. Almost two months passed before the Diamondbacks signed him Feb. 7, shortly before training camp opened in Tucson.

    DaVanon hit .256 with the Angels but never played more than 123 games in a season, making four trips to the disabled list between 2000 and 2004.

    He's been revitalized with the Diamondbacks. And by hitting second in a potent lineup, DaVanon is seeing plenty of strikes.

    "I think everyone in the league would rather pitch to me than [Chad] Tracy and Gonzo [Luis Gonzalez]," said DaVanon, the son of former major-leaguer Jerry DaVanon. "I'm going to get a lot of heaters because of that, I think, and I've just been capitalizing."

    DaVanon led a 13-hit attack for the Diamondbacks, who have scored at least seven runs in each of the first three games of the four-game series against their NL West rivals.

    "I don't know how much more we could do," Melvin said.

    Barry Bonds was not in the Giants' lineup, rested by manager Felipe Alou.

    After allowing a total of four runs in three games at Dodger Stadium last weekend, the Giants' suddenly vulnerable pitchers have conceded 26 in three games here.

    "This is a good-hitting team," DaVanon said.

    On Wednesday night, the Diamondbacks erased a 1-0 deficit with a three-run fourth inning. After DaVanon led off with a homer, Tracy doubled and scored on Gonzalez's triple. Cain balked in Gonzalez to give Arizona a 3-1 lead.

    DaVanon, who is tied with the team lead 13 RBI, was in the middle of another rally in the fifth. He singled and scored on a double by Tony Clark as the Diamondbacks stretched the lead to 5-1. In the sixth, DaVanon tripled home two runs to make it 7-1.

    That was plenty of support for Brandon Webb (2-0), who won his second consecutive decision. He allowed three runs and 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings.

    Webb struggled in the second inning, giving up a leadoff homer to Mark Sweeney, his second of the season and the series. One out later, Ray Durham, Pedro Feliz and Mike Matheny strung together singles, but Durham was thrown out at the plate.

    "That might have been the biggest play of the game right there, because they had momentum," Melvin said. "They had a bunch of hits, getting good at-bats across the board on Webby, and that kind of put the momentum back in our dugout."

    Webb struck out Cain to end the threat.

    When Webb's sinker is working, his infielders stay busy. That's what happened Wednesday night as Arizona tied a club record with four double plays.

    Game notes


    One night after Gonzalez joined the 300-homer, 500-double club, the Diamondbacks presented the left fielder and his family with a frame displaying the base in a ceremony before the game. The jersey Gonzalez wore is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. ... San Francisco left fielder Randy Winn singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. ... San Francisco infielder Travis Ishikawa singled off Webb for his first major-league hit in two at-bats. Ishikawa was optioned to Double-A Connecticut after the game to make room on the roster for Lance Niekro, who was expected to return from the bereavement list Thursday.

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