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.
• Who: Pirates at D-backs
• When: 6:40 p.m.
• TV; radio: FSAZ; 1490-AM