First, the good news. The Diamondbacks led Saturday for the first time since Monday and for the first time at home since June 14. Now, the bad news.
The Diamondbacks found another way to lose in this miserable month, surrendering a four-run lead in the seventh, then giving up a game-winning home run to Robb Quinlan in the 13th inning of a 6-4 loss to the Angels before 33,525 fans Saturday evening at Chase Field.
The fourth-best home crowd of the season came out to collect Brandon Webb bobblehead dolls and to watch the Diamondbacks come up just short of their second home win in June.
The loss extended the home team’s losing streak to five games. The Diamondbacks have had a losing streak of seven games and two losing streaks of five games since returning home June 5 from a four-game sweep of the Braves in Atlanta.
It took four hours, four minutes before a winner could be declared.
Quinlan settled matters when he knocked a two-out, two-run homer into the leftfield stands off Brandon Medders. It was Quinlan’s first career pinch-hit home run.
The Diamondbacks’ best chance at the win came when Tony Clark singled to lead off the ninth. Pinch runner Damion Easley advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt but got no farther as Scot Shields struck out Jeff DaVanon looking and pinch hitter Shawn Green swinging.
Green had some parting words for home plate umpire Mike Everitt and was ejected from the game. Manager Bob Melvin followed Green into the clubhouse after a short argument with and subsequent ejection by Everitt.
It was the second time in the last week Melvin had been tossed from a game.
Arizona didn’t threaten after the ninth as Shields, Brendan Donnelly and Francisco Rodriguez retired the final 12 Diamondbacks in order.
The Angels had their own chances to put the game away early in extra innings.
Vladimir Guerrero led off the 10th with a ground-rule double, but Jorge Julio retired the next three batters in order to keep the score tied.
They threatened again when pinch hitter Tim Salmon got a two-out triple past diving center fielder Eric Byrnes, but Julio struck out Chone Figgins to get out of the 11th inning.
Orlando Hudson staked the Diamondbacks to their first lead since Monday when he hit a two-out, two-run homer to right-center field in the second inning. The lead grew to four runs on Johnny Estrada’s RBI double in the fourth and Craig Counsell’s leadoff home run in the fifth.
The power came from a couple of rare sources. Hudson’s homer was just his fourth this season and Counsell’s was just his second.
The lead fell apart in the Angels’ four-run seventh inning.
Los Angeles loaded the bases with one out on a single, an error by Conor Jackson and a hit batter. Luis Vizcaino replaced Claudio Vargas on the mound and promptly surrendered a two-run single to Figgins and a two-run double to Orlando Cabrera that tied the score.
Six innings later, Quinlan’s homer sent the Diamondbacks to their 17th loss in their past 19 games.