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Sanders' second homer comes with two outs in ninth

PHOENIX (AP) – Reggie Sanders watched his bat sail into the stands, and wanted it back – now.

Reggie Sanders
Reggie Sanders, right, is congratulated by teammates after hitting the game-winning homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

With two outs in the ninth, he swung and missed and lost his grip. Well up in the seats, a young boy grabbed the bat and held it aloft in triumph. Reluctantly, he gave it back.

On the next pitch, Sanders hit his second home run of the game to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 3-2 victory over Colorado on Friday night, snapping the Rockies' five-game winning streak.

"Oh man, you know it's so funny," Sanders said. "We were in spring training and I was swinging a hot bat and threw the bat in the stands. I didn't get that bat, grabbed another bat and struck out, so that was in my mind.

"I said, `That's a hot bat. I'd better get that bat back,' and I hit a home run."

The boy was given another bat, autographed by Sanders in person after the game.

Sanders, who has five homers, hit an 0-2 pitch, a low slider, from Gabe White (0-2) into the left field seats after Matt Williams had struck out and Mark Grace flied out. White said it was a good pitch.

"The pitch he hit was down and away, kind of a back door," White said. "I did everything I wanted to do. I made my pitch. Sometimes you've got to tip your cap. He did a good job. Next time I win."

It was the end of an eventful two days for Sanders. His wife gave birth to the couple's third daughter Thursday evening.

"That game was definitely for my newborn, Carson, and my wife and my family," Sanders said.

Sanders, signed as a free agent in the offseason, had leadoff homer in the fifth to put Arizona up 2-0.

Curt Schilling, who doubled in the Diamondbacks' first run, was two outs from a complete game victory when Todd Hollandsworth homered, on his 28th birthday, into the Arizona bullpen in left field on an 0-2 pitch in the ninth to tie it 2-2.

Brent Mayne followed with a single, and Schilling was finished. Byung Hyun-Kim (1-1) retired both batters he faced to end the inning.

"It's not discouraging at all. We won," Schilling said. "There's nothing bad to take out of this. I made a mistake, and we still got away and won a big game."

Todd Helton hit his fifth homer with two outs in the sixth for Colorado, but flied out twice with two outs and runners in scoring position.

"When you get in a situation where you can get even, you feel pretty good," Colorado manager Buddy Bell said, "but that's just the way this game is."

In 8 1-3 innings, Schilling allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight and walked two, only the second and third walks he has given up in 31 1-3 innings this season.

"It was a great outing, nonetheless," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "Obviously he would have gotten the win. I would like to have gotten him a win, but it doesn't diminish whatsoever the effort he put forth out there."

Brian Bohanon had no decision in his best outing of the season. The Colorado left-hander gave up two runs and five hits and struck out three in 6 1-3 innings. He didn't walk a batter but hit Luis Gonzalez twice.

Schilling struck out four consecutive batters before walking Juan Pierre with one out in the eighth. Todd Walker flied out, but Larry Walker singled to put runners on first and third. Helton flied out to right to end the inning.

Arizona's Damian Miller snapped an 0-for-22 streak with a one-out double to the center field wall in the third. Schilling followed with a double into the left field corner to drive in Miller and make it 1-0.

The run broke Colorado's franchise-record string of 20 scoreless innings.

Singles by Bohanon and Todd Walker and a walk to Larry Walker loaded the bases for Colorado with two outs in the third. It was the first walk given up by Schilling in 80 batters. Helton flied out to center to end the threat.

Schilling retired nine in a row before Helton's two-out home run to left-center made it 2-1.

Game notes
Arizona RHP Miguel Batista will appeal a two-game suspension levied for allegedly throwing at Mark Grudzielanek of the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Colorado has hit a home run in all of its road games and 15 of its 16 games overall this season. ... Steve Finley singled in the fifth for his first base hit at home this season (in 18 at-bats), but was thrown out trying to steal second. ... Williams hit into his fifth double play of the season.

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