Arizona rallies late, Giants fail to delay D-Backs from clinching NL West
The Diamondbacks captured their fifth division crown, and first since 2007, after battling back to claim a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants Friday night. Arizona rookie Paul Goldschmidt capped the comeback with a two-run triple off Sergio Romo in the eighth inning.
Phoenix, AZ, United States
September 24, 2011 09:40 am EDT
Sports, Baseball, Major League Baseball - National League
The Arizona Diamondbacks completed an improbable run to their first National League West crown in four years by completing the kind of comeback typical of their season, conquering the San Francisco Giants 3-1 Friday night, in the opener of a three-game set.
The Diamondbacks, who lead the majors in comeback wins this season, did it again in the clinching game, snagging their fifth division crown, and first since 2007.
Rookie Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run triple proved to be the difference. Arizona’s 24-year-old first baseman capped the comeback with his first career triple off right-hander Sergio Romo in the eighth inning.
After San Francisco drew first blood with Orlando Cabrera’s lead off homer in the fifth; it seemed Matt Cain (2-1) would make that lead hold up with his overpowering pitching through six frames until Arizona finally broke through in the seventh.
Chris Young smacked the game-tying double in the seventh before Goldschmidt sent the crowd at Chase Field into a frenzy by lining a 1-2 slider by Romo into the right-field corner.
It was the Diamondbacks’ Major League-leading 46th comeback victory.
Meanwhile, the defending World Series champion Giants still have flicker of hope to return to the postseason. San Francisco trails Wild Card-leading Atlanta by five games with five to play.
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