Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 7, 11 innings: Hinske's homer gives D-backs road sweep

2013-04-08T00:00:00Z Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 7, 11 innings: Hinske's homer gives D-backs road sweepThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MILWAUKEE - Eric Hinske calls them "happy pinch-hit days" when he delivers in his usual role, and this one was definitely a doozy.

Hinske belted a long two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Milwaukee 8-7 on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.

With Cliff Pennington aboard following a leadoff double, Hinske drove a 1-2 pitch from John Axford (0-1) onto the concourse beyond the wall in center field.

Hinske raised his right arm as he rounded second with his eighth pinch-hit homer - and definitely one of his longest shots of his career.

"It was a hanging breaking ball and I put a good swing on it and it just kept going," Hinske said. "That kind of surprised me too, how far I hit it. It felt great. I didn't even feel it hit the bat."

Hinske, a Wisconsin native, had his brother and some of his college buddies in the stands.

"They were all jacked up. I pointed at them after I crossed home plate," Hinske said. "So that was cool. My uncle was here. My mom and dad actually left today ... but I had a voicemail from them."

Tony Sipp (1-0) struck out two in a perfect 10th inning and Heath Bell held on for his first save after J.J. Putz blew an opportunity in the ninth, allowing two runs.

Aaron Hill had a two-run homer as Arizona earned its fourth consecutive win and improved to 5-1 for the third time in franchise history. The Diamondbacks also won five of their first six games in 2000 and 2012.

Milwaukee has dropped five in a row.

Today

• Who: Pirates at D-backs

• When: 6:40 p.m.

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