The streak is alive — barely.
Luis Gonzalez and Quinton McCracken plated five runs with two eighth-inning triples and Arizona held on for a wild, 7-6 win over the Houston Astros before 29,123 fans on Monday at Bank One Ballpark.
Arizona’s season-best winning streak now stands at six games, which is also the longest current winning streak in the majors. The Diamondbacks remained perfect on this homestand at 4-0, but things nearly got away with a 7-2 lead in the ninth.
With Oscar Villarreal making his 40th appearance, the most by any right-hander in the majors, Houston got things rolling with a Jose Vizcaino double and a Brad Ausmus walk.
After getting two outs, Villarreal was hit on the right pectoral muscle by Craig Biggio’s hard liner, scoring Vizcaino.
Villareal stayed in the game but committed an error on Geoff Blum’s grounder and allowed Jeff Bagwell’s two-run single before leaving.
Mike Myers came on to face pinch hitter Morgan Ensberg, threw a wild pitch to score Blum, then hit Ensberg with a pitch, putting the tying run at second.
But Brady Raggio, just called up from Class AAA Tucson on Saturday, got Richard Hidalgo to ground to third for his first career major league save.
"We kind of fell off the table at the end but sometimes it’s good you get humbled," outfielder Luis Gonzalez said. "Our guys are playing well. We’re doing the little things. About a couple months ago it was the other way around so we’re glad to be on the winning side."
Starter Brandon Webb was masterful again in his second outing in five days against Houston. He allowed just two hits and two runs, but again was rewarded with a nodecision against the Astros. In those two games he has allowed just three combined runs.
"I’ve got a lot of confidence right now," Webb said. "I had this same situation earlier in the year when I faced the Phillies in back-to-back starts and I just tried to do the same thing against these guys — keep the ball down and work it in and out."
Webb took a no-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning Monday, but with two outs and Bagwell at second after a walk and a stolen base, Hidalgo cued a sinking bloop off the end of his bat to short. Alex Cintron charged to catch the ball on the fly, but couldn’t catch it or keep it in front of bottom of the sixth.
Right-hander Ricky Bottalico (1-0), just called up from Tucson, followed Webb with a strong eighth inning of relief. With two aboard, he fanned Hidalgo to keep the game knotted at 2-2 and get his first major league win since Sept. 18, 2001.
"I felt like I was a rookie in my first game again," Bottalico said.
Arizona got to Houston reliever Brad Lidge for five runs in the eighth. Lidge came into the game with a 1.40 ERA, a 4-0 record and just seven earned runs allowed all season. But the Diamondbacks buried Lidge with three hits — including Gonzalez’s first triple of the season — and three walks.
"We’re just trying to take advantage of the opportunities we have," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "Unfortunately most of those opportunities we’ve had have come late in ball games but at least we’re taking advantage of them."