D-backs stumble in extras
Club unable to protect three-run lead in losing third straight
PHOENIX -- The Boston Red Sox brought enough fans to fill Chase Field, turning a typically sparse crowd with rows of empty seats in the upper decks into a sellout crowd of 49,826 that set an attendance record at Chase Field.The rival factions of the crowd made for an interesting mix of cheers throughout the game, when "Let's go D-backs" melted into "Let's go Red Sox." "It was unreal," D-backs starter Micah Owings said. "It kind of reminded me of playing in a College World Series. You've got half the crowd for you and half the crowd sort of rooting for whoever, but a great crowd. It would have been nice to have a little bit more on our side, but that's part of it." With the help of a bipartisan crowd, the Red Sox also won the game the D-backs way, in one-run fashion with clutch hitting in the later innings. Mike Lowell finished Arizona off with a pinch-hit, go-ahead sacrifice fly to cement a 4-3, 10-inning victory after Jason Varitek's RBI double in the eighth knotted the score at 3. The D-backs typically win games like that, entering the contest with a 17-6 mark in one-run games. Despite the big crowd and playing against the Major League-leading Red Sox, you never could tell that Owings was a rookie making just his ninth start of the season. Owings held Boston scoreless until serving up a two-run home run to Varitek with two outs in the sixth, on his 100th pitch of the night. In all, he allowed just the two runs on seven hits over six innings. "[Owings] pitched great," manager Bob Melvin said. "I mean, one pitch to Varitek, two-run homer and that's basically it. [He] pitched great to a very good lineup all night long. We should have won that game. He's a tough kid. For a rookie you don't even worry about him going out in a game like that, with a crowd like that against them. That's the last thing you think about." Said Scott Hairston: "He definitely gave us a chance, and that's how he's been the whole year. He's been doing his part."
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.