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Posted: Sunday, September 5, 2004 8:37 am | Updated: 5:52 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO - Watch this Diamondbacks team for a while, and one thing becomes clear: It should never be assumed they have hit rock bottom.

The D-Backs on Saturday outdid Friday’s 11-run loss, tying a team record by turning a six-run lead into a loss.

The San Francisco Giants scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning at SBC Park for a 9-7 victory.

"It’s more disappointing (than the night before)," said reliever Mike Koplove, who took the loss after a rough eighth inning, "because we had this one in our hand and we gave it away."

Manager Al Pedrique, who has said for a few weeks he was getting frustrated, showed it after Saturday’s game ended. The D-Backs were upset about the last two outs — Chris Snyder was called for a swinging strikeout when replays showed he did not offer at the pitch, and Chad Tracy was called out at first on a close play — and Pedrique barked at the umpires as they left the field.

Crew chief Larry Young came toward the Arizona dugout and got into a shouting match with Pedrique, who was restrained by bench coach Lorenzo Bundy.

"I’m not proud of myself for what I did," Pedrique said, "but I’m not going to lie to you, it’s getting to that point. I was very disappointed; my players are playing hard and doing their best and I know (the umpires) are doing their best, too, but I feel like they missed some calls today. . . . I’m going to back up my players."

Friday’s debacle — in which the D-Backs lost 18-7, gave up five unearned runs and allowed the Giants to bat around three times in the first five innings — caused various Bay Area newspapers to refer to them as the "miserable Arizona Diamondbacks," "hapless Arizona Diamondbacks," "lowly Arizona Diamondbacks" and "dreadful Arizona Diamondbacks."

For Saturdays’ first five innings, the D-Backs contradicted those adjectives.

With a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, none out and no one on, the Diamondbacks put together six straight hits off Noah Lowry — including pitcher Stephen Randolph’s single for his first career RBI — to extend their lead to 6-1.

Randolph ducked trouble for five innings but faltered in the sixth, when Marquis Grissom’s grand slam cut Arizona’s lead to 7-5.

Koplove, who had a 0.42 ERA over his previous 16 outings, pitched a scoreless seventh, but in the eighth he fell apart. Two hits, a wild pitch and a walk made the score 7-6 and put runners on the corners.

Dustan Mohr greeted rookie closer Greg Aquino with a double over the head of rookie left fielder Josh Kroeger to tie the game, and Deivi Cruz’s two-out single finished the comeback. It was Aquino’s first blown save after converting 10 straight opportunities.

Before Saturday’s game, Pedrique said, "the beauty about this game (is that) today’s a new day. Last night is over with."

He’ll need that attitude again today.

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