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 6      5   Final
09/12/2002 01:11 am ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Padres 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 7 0
 D-Backs 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 6 8 1
D-Backs win was emotional
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com

Andrew Bird of Tempe, Ariz. hands the ball to NYC police officer Robert Lynch on Wednesday. Bird lost his dad in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Matt York/AP)
PHOENIX -- Simply put, all Lyle Overbay does is hit.

Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A, the Major Leagues, it doesn't matter to Overbay.

Wednesday night, Overbay cracked a pinch-hit, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Diamondbacks past the Padres, 6-5, in front of 34,217 at Bank One Ballpark.

The win, combined with the Dodgers win over the Giants, increased the D-Backs' lead over both teams to 6 1/2 in the NL West.

Despite only having just five previous big league at-bats, Overbay relished the pressure-filled opportunity.

"That's what you live for," Overbay said. "I just was [looking] to get a good pitch to hit and not try to do too much. You're just looking for a good pitch to drive into the outfield. That's the easiest thing to do. You don't want to roll over to second base."

Overbay was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 18th round in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. He hit .343 in rookie ball with an astounding 101 RBIs in just 75 games.

The following year, the left-handed swinging first baseman hit .332 at Class A South Bend and .352 at Double-A El Paso. In 2001, he hit .352 for El Paso before a late-season call-up to the Diamondbacks. This season, at Triple-A Tucson, he batted .343.

"That's what he does," Brenly said. "That's all he's done everywhere he's played is hit. This guy has hit .300 everywhere he's every played -- and I don't mean just .301 or .302. He's in the mid .300's, high .300s every year, everywhere he plays. He hits righties and lefties."

The Diamondbacks trailed 5-4 when Steve Finley led off the eighth with a home run to right off San Diego reliever Kevin Walker (0-1). Quinton McCracken followed with a triple, and after David Dellucci struck out, Overbay followed with his single.

The Diamondbacks built a 4-0 lead and appeared to be cruising behind the right arm of starter Miguel Batista. Through the game's first five innings, Batista shut the Padres out, allowing just one infield single.

Things spun out of control for Batista in a hurry in the sixth inning.

The first five batters of the inning went: walk, single, two-run double, RBI single and infield single to cut the lead to 4-3.

After a fielder's choice and a groundout put runners at second and third, Wil Nieves hit a grounder back up the middle that shortstop Tony Womack fielded behind the bag. Womack had trouble getting the ball out of his glove, and his throw to first was late, allowing both runners to score and giving San Diego a 5-4 lead.

After emotional pregame ceremonies commemorating the one-year anniversary of September 11, Arizona wasted little time getting on the scoreboard.

The Diamondbacks scored two runs in the first inning, thanks to Finley's two-run single. Arizona manager Bob Brenly put Finley in the fifth spot in the batting order hoping his red-hot outfielder would get some opportunities to drive in runs. He did, thanks to a single by Mark Grace and back-to-back walks to Junior Spivey and Luis Gonzalez.

Arizona added two runs in the fifth when Grace led off the frame with a single and scored when Spivey followed with a double to left-center. Two outs later, McCracken singled home Spivey and the D-Backs led 4-0.

Steve Gilbert is an editorial producer for MLB.com and can be reached at stevegilberts@aol.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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BOX SCORE
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, San Diego Padres 5
San Diego Padres
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Vazquez2B 3100110.282
c-BuchananPH 1000001.258
KotsayCF 4120110.295
Klesko1B 2112101.305
Nevin3B 4011004.279
GantLF 4120012.266
KingsaleRF 4100025.297
CruzSS 4000013.270
NievesC 4010021.185
EatonP 2000001.000
a-LankfordPH 1000001.235
JohnsonP 0000000.000
WalkerP 0000000.000
VillafuerteP 0000000.000
b-BurroughsPH 0000100.261
1-CrespoPR 0000000.182
Totals335734819
a-Flied out for Eaton in the 6th. b-Walked for Villafuerte in the 9th. c-Grounded into a double play for Vazquez in the 9th.
1-Ran for Burroughs in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Klesko (33, Batista).
RBI: Klesko 2 (88), Nevin (54).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kingsale.
GIDP: Eaton, Buchanan.
Team LOB: 6.
FIELDING
Outfield assists: Gant (Gonzalez at 3rd base).
DP: (Vazquez-Cruz-Klesko).
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
WomackSS 4000001.273
Grace1B 4220000.244
Spivey2B 2211200.304
GonzalezLF 2000211.290
FinleyCF 4123003.284
McCrackenRF 3121111.313
Donnels3B 2000114.250
b-WilliamsPH 0000000.258
c-DellucciPH 1000011.241
MillerC 0000000.250
BarajasC 3000001.204
d-OverbayPH 1011000.250
FettersP 0000000.000
MyersP 0000000.000
BatistaP 2000011.186
SwindellP 0000000.000
a-JosePH 1000000.111
OropesaP 0000000.000
KoploveP 0000000.000
e-CintronPH-3B 1000001.230
Totals306866514
a-Grounded out for Swindell in the 6th. b-Batted for Donnels in the 8th. c-Struck out for Williams in the 8th. d-Singled for Barajas in the 8th. e-Grounded into a double play for Koplove in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Spivey (32, Eaton).
3B: McCracken (8, Walker).
HR: Finley (23, 8th inning off Walker, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Finley 3 (79), Spivey (69), McCracken (37), Overbay (1).
2-out RBI: McCracken.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McCracken, Donnels 3.
GIDP: Cintron.
Team LOB: 6.
BASERUNNING
SB: McCracken (5, 2nd base off Eaton/Nieves).
FIELDING
E: Womack (16, fielding).
DP: 2 (Womack-Spivey-Grace, Cintron-Spivey-Grace).
San Diego Padres
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eaton 5.054463011.68
Johnson (H, 1) 1.00000002.79
Walker (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) 1.02220116.00
Villafuerte 1.01000102.05
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Batista 5.25533404.17
Swindell 0.10000004.50
Oropesa 0.210000010.73
Koplove (W, 5-1) 1.11000301.93
Fetters 0.00001002.77
Myers (S, 4) 1.00000104.05
Fetters pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.
Walker pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

HBP: Klesko (by Batista).
Pitches-strikes: Eaton 91-49, Johnson 11-6, Walker 23-14, Villafuerte 8-5, Batista 78-45, Swindell 1-1, Oropesa 11-6, Koplove 19-13, Fetters 9-5, Myers 9-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Eaton 2-9, Johnson 2-1, Walker 0-2, Villafuerte 2-0, Batista 8-5, Swindell 0-1, Oropesa 1-1, Koplove 1-0, Fetters 0-0, Myers 2-0.
Batters faced: Eaton 25, Johnson 3, Walker 5, Villafuerte 3, Batista 26, Swindell 1, Oropesa 3, Koplove 5, Fetters 1, Myers 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Villafuerte 1-1, Swindell 1-0, Koplove 1-0, Myers 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Jeff Nelson. 3B: Ron Kulpa.
Weather: 91 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, R to L.
T: 3:03.
Att: 34,217.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner