D-backs Go D-back-to-back-to-back-to-back

D-backs Go D-back-to-back-to-back-to-back

The Diamondbacks became the seventh team in major league history to hit four consecutive home runs when Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew connected off right-hander David Bush with one out in the fourth inning of an 8-2 victory at Milwaukee. The D-backs earned their third straight win in the four-game series.

Adam LaRoche hit his 19th homer of the season on a 3-2 fastball, the eighth pitch of his at-bat, lining a drive into the Arizona bullpen in right-center field to cut the Brewers' lead to 2-1. Nine pitches later, the D-backs led 4-2. Miguel Montero hit a 1-2 fastball into the second deck in right field at Miller Park, then Mark Reynolds hit a 1-1 breaking ball off the facing of the second deck of the left-center field fence. Drew lined a 1-0 fastball into the D-backs bullpen.

"The other guys made my home run look like nothing," said LaRoche, who has five homers in his last 11 games. "You know (Drew) was going for it. It was in everybody's mind."

The White Sox were the last team to hit four straight homers when Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, and Juan Uribe did it against Kansas City with two outs in the sixth inning of a 9-2 victory August 14, 2008, at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Dodgers were the last National League team to do it when Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson tied the game with no outs in the ninth inning of an 11-10, 10-inning victory over San Diego in Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2006.

"It was a freak thing. I was happy to be part of it," D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson said.

"I didn't even swing very hard at it. I just put the barrel on it," said Reynolds, who has 26 homers.

"It's pretty special," Drew said.

Drew's brother, J.D., also hit one of four consecutive Boston home runs in a 7-6 victory over the Yankees on April 22, 2007, at Fenway Park. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek homered in the third inning.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, BREWERS 2: The D-backs became the seventh team in major league history to hit four consecutive home runs, and RHP Daniel Hudson had a career-high nine strikeouts while winning his third straight start after being acquired in a trade with the White Sox on July 30. 1B Adam LaRoche, C Miguel Montero, 3B Mark Reynolds, and SS Stephen Drew homered off RHP David Bush in the space of 10 pitches in the fourth inning for a 4-2 lead Hudson did not relinquish in dropping his Arizona ERA to 1.49. The D-backs won for the sixth time in seven games, their best stretch of the season.

SNAKE BYTES

--RHP Daniel Hudson had a career-high nine strikeouts and won his third straight start since being acquired from the White Sox for RHP Edwin Jackson on July 3. Hudson gave up back-to-back homers to 1B Prince Fielder and 3B Casey McGehee to lead off the second inning, but permitted only one other runner to reach third base, and that came after an infield error with one out in the seventh inning. "It's nice when the guys pick me up," said Hudson, who has given up 13 hits and four runs 22 2/3 innings for a 1.59 NL ERA. He has 17 strikeouts.

Hudson, who had not swung a bat since high school five years ago, also had his first major league extra-base hit, doubling in three runs in a four-run sixth inning. Hudson got his first major league hit in his first D-backs start, a two-run single in a 14-1 victory over the Mets on August 1. Hudson has driven in five runs, one more than he has allowed in his three D-backs starts.

--The D-backs have won six of seven games for the first time this season after taking the first three games of a four-game series against the Brewers. "The atmosphere in the clubhouse is a fun one. I call it 'Gibby Ball,'" pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. said, referring to interim manager Kirk Gibson. The D-backs started their run by winning the final game of a four-game series against Washington last Thursday, then took two of three from NL West-leader San Diego over the weekend. They won five of six from May 17-22 under former manager A.J. Hinch.

--LF Gerardo Parra broke an 0-for-19 skid when he singled to right field in the fourth inning, the first batter after Drew hit the D-backs' fourth consecutive home run. Parra also singled in the fourth and was hit by a pitch before RHP Daniel Hudson's three-run double in the sixth.

--C Miguel Montero had a pitch thrown behind him with two outs in top of the ninth inning with the D-backs leading 8-2, an apparent retaliation after RHP Rafael Rodriguez hit Brewers 1B Prince Fielder in the right hip with two outs and a runner on first base in the last of the eighth. Montero laughed it off before grounding out.

--RHP Barry Enright extended his hitting streak to five games with an infield single Tuesday. RHP Dan Haren had six- and seven-game hitting streaks for the D-backs before being traded to the Angels on July 25. Both Haren and Enright attended Pepperdine.


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