Roberts’ HR in 9th gives Arizona win over A’s
June 9, 2012
PHOENIX (AP) – Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
Roberts, who also doubled twice, lined a 2-1 pitch from Brian Fuentes into the left-field seats to give Arizona its only lead of the game.
J.J. Putz (1-3) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the Diamondbacks’ fifth victory in six games.
Fuentes (2-2), who blew his third save in eight opportunities, walked Chris Young with two outs, then Aaron Hill singled to bring up Roberts.
Oakland’s Seth Smith had three hits, an RBI and a spectacular catch to rob Hill of a home run.
Paul Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel also homered for the Diamondbacks. Kubel finished with three RBIs.
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Oakland chased Daniel Hudson while scoring six runs in the second inning, but the Diamondbacks scored three times in the bottom half, two on Kubel’s booming home run onto the concourse in right-center.
Goldschmidt’s shot just inside the left-field foul pole made it 6-4 in the fifth. It was his eighth of the season.
Each team scored two more runs in the sixth. Smith connected against ex-Oakland left-hander Craig Breslow, and Kubel doubled in Bloomquist before coming home on Justin Upton’s single.
Upton, back in the lineup after being benched for two games, went 2 for 4. Goldschmidt, who also singled, extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
Hudson was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 1 2-3 innings in his third start since returning from the disabled list after being sidelined with a right shoulder impingement.