Arizona Diamondbacks Score Six in Bottom of 10th to Stun Los Angeles Dodgers, Keep Hope Alive for Number Two Seed in Playoffs

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Ryan Roberts: Walk-off grand slam in the 10th.

​Ryan Roberts hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday night at Chase Field to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks in the hunt for home-field advantage in the first round the National League Division Series, which starts Saturday.

The 7-6 win was the D-Backs' league-leading 48th come-from-behind victory of the season. They remain one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the number-two seed in the NL postseason bracket. Both teams play today in the final game of the 2011 regular season, and a win by the D-Backs and a loss by the Brewers would mean the D-Backs open the best-of-five NLDS at home.

The D-Backs' shocking comeback overshadowed the stellar major-league debut of starting pitcher Jarrod Parker, who was drafted in the first round by the D-Backs in 2007 and then underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2010 season. Parker pitched 5.2 shutout innings, giving up only four hits to the Dodgers while walking only one and striking out one.

The teams entered the 10th inning tied 1-1, but reliever Micah Owings imploded, giving up five runs (four of them earned) on four hits and a walk. It looked bleak for the D-Backs at that point, entering the bottom of the 10th trailing 6-1 and the Brewers having already beaten the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4.

The Dodgers quickly recorded two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning before Cole Gillespie (hitless on the year) reached on an infield single in which Dodgers reliever failed to cover first base. Then Miguel Montero singled to center, sending Gillespie to third, and Chris Young walked to load the bases. Pinch-hitter John McDonald hit a hard grounder to third that was booted by third-baseman Aaron Miles, scoring Gillespie and making the score 6-2. Then, Aaron Hill walked on five pitches from Dodger closer Javy Guerra, scoring Montero. With the D-Backs trailing 6-3, Ryan Roberts (who had been 0-for-4 on the night) hit the first pitch he saw from Guerra into the left-field stands. Game over. D-Backs win 7-6.

The regular season ends today with Joe Saunders (12-12, 3.58 earned-run average) taking the mound against Ted Lilly (11-14, 4.12 ERA). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.

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vinceclortho1
vinceclortho1

Is this new math?  D-backs are behind 6-1 going into the bottom of the tenth, score 6 runs, and win 6-5?

Ross
Ross

Meanwhile, mainstream media are managing to report the correct final score.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The finish could NOT have been better scripted. Funny thing, Mr Bennett, is the tongue in cheek prediction by Daron Sutton during the first half of the tenth inning. Yes, I think he was being glib, but he said something like this, "If you folks are watching the rebroadcast of this game, or you're watching live right now, you want to stay with us for the bottom half of the tenth inning, you are NOT going to believe what happens then"

I wish it would have worked out for Jarrod Parker to get the win. His only real mistake all night was running on a fly hit to right center, with just one out. Pitchers are not known for their ability to count, however. I give the error to Matt Williams for not holding up just ONE finger to remind Parker....

Great game, great TEAM, great season...

Ross
Ross

Didn't Randy Johnson make the same mistake, running from second with one out, in a playoff game?

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