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Reynolds hits two-run homer to lift D'Backs over Padres

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off closer Heath Bell, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Reynolds hit his 42nd homer on a 3-1 pitch from Bell (5-4) into the left-field stands to give the Diamondbacks their second straight win after having dropped nine of their previous 10. Reynolds struck out twice to up his season total to 196.

Miguel Montero led off the inning with a single and Trent Oeltjen came in to pinch run. Reynolds then connected off Bell, who blew consecutive save chances on Friday and Saturday nights against the Colorado Rockies. Bell is tied for the NL lead with 37 saves.

San Diego lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 22-23 against St. Louis.

Dan Haren (14-8) allowed two runs on five hits in eight innings, winning his first road game since Aug. 3, a span of five starts.

The right-hander, who struck out four and walked one, has won at least 14 games in five straight seasons.

Juan Gutierrez pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.

The Diamondbacks tied the game at 2 on a bizarre play in the seventh.

With two outs, Brandon Allen reached on an infield single. Eric Byrnes then hit a ball into the gap in left-center field. Allen beat the relay throw from shortstop Everth Cabrera to tie the score. But the ball bounced away from catcher Nick Hundley and began rolling toward the Arizona dugout.

Hundley slid near the top step of the dugout and grabbed the ball. Before he landed in the dugout, the dropped the ball out of his glove onto the dirt. Byrnes, who went to third on Cabrera's throwing error, tried to score as Hundley flew into the dugout.

But Hundley jumped back onto the field, picked up the ball and on one-hop threw the ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Gold Glover slid toward home plate as he made the catch and tagged out Byrnes.

Byrnes also hit a solo homer against Wade LeBlanc in the third off the third-story balcony of the Western Metal Supply building that borders the left-field pole.

The Padres took the lead with two runs in the fourth on Chase Headley's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Edgar Gonzalez.

LeBlanc went six innings, allowing one run on three hits.

NOTES: Adrian Gonzalez had a sacrifice in the fourth inning, just the second one in his career. ... San Diego RF Will Venable was a late scratch from the lineup with flulike symptoms. ... Boxer Manny Pacquiao threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Pacquiao was in town to promote his Nov. 14 fight against Miguel Cotto for the WBO welterweight title. ... Padres 2B David Eckstein missed his second straight game with a stiff neck.


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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