It was exactly the kind of game — two last-place teams combining for five errors, 11 walks and three blown saves — in which a career minor-leaguer could be the hero.
Alan Zinter’s two-run homer with two outs in the 11th inning gave the Diamondbacks a 9-8 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at Bank One Ballpark.
Zinter, a real-life Crash Davis who has played more than 1,400 games over 14 seasons in the minors, belted a 3-2 fastball from Brooks Kieschnick into the rightfield seats for his third career big-league round-tripper.
"Uh, let me see. . . . Yeah," Zinter said when asked if it was the highlight of his career.
Zinter was in the game only because right fielder Danny Bautista left after the 10th inning with back spasms. Bautista will get an off day today.
"All the hard work that I put in, all the years in the minors, this is a great way to have it pay off for me," the 36-year-old Zinter said. "Hopefully, I’m not done. I want to work harder and do more things."
In the 11th inning, second baseman Keith Ginter tripled off the center-field wall against Mike Koplove, and first baseman Lyle Overbay — one of the six players sent by Arizona to Milwaukee in the Richie Sexson deal — singled up the middle for the go-ahead run.
"It was a great game," D-Backs manager Al Pedrique said. "Both teams just kept fighting for it. I hope the people watching it had fun. I had lots of fun in the dugout watching it."
Rookie closer Greg Aquino was tagged for three runs in the ninth inning, blowing his second save in three chances after converting 13 of his first 14 opportunities. Geoff Jenkins had the big blow, belting a two-run homer off the center field batting eye to give Milwaukee a 7-5 lead.
"Aquino’s not going to be perfect every time," Pedrique said. "He didn’t locate his fastball well, and his slider was up in the zone. When he gets hit, he’s going to get hit hard."
All-Star closer Dan Kolb returned the favor in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the first two Arizona hitters to reach. The first eventually scored on a wild pitch, and the second came home on Bautista’s single to tie the game at 7.
Brandon Webb got another non-victory, giving up four runs (two earned) in five innings but being denied the win on Aquino’s blown save.
For the right-hander, the night was a concise resumé of his season, as he was foiled by bad breaks and defensive miscues — as well as his brief but maddening bouts of wildness.
"I couldn’t locate the ball where I wanted to," Webb said. "It seemed the leadoff guy got on every time, and I was pitching from the stretch a lot. I never really got settled in."
Webb needed 99 pitches to get through the five innings.
He walked five.