Trailing 3-2 and facing Giants starter Matt Morris, Gonzalez got things rolling for the Diamondbacks smashing an RBI double off the center-field wall, as Arizona erupted for a five run sixth inning en route to a 7-4 victory over San Francisco.
With that key double, Gonzalez became the 21st player in major league history with 300 home runs and 500 doubles joining a prestigious list that includes Hank Aaron, and the only other active member of the group, Barry Bonds.
"I wanted to do it so bad here at home," Gonzalez told the AP.
"I've looked at the list a couple of times, and I've just marveled at some of the guys that are on that list," Gonzalez said. "Just to have your name associated with that -- you know, I was a small kid out of Tampa when I started playing minor league baseball. I always say I don't have all the best skills, but I'm going to go out there and give you everything I've got."
In the bottom of the third inning DaVanon was at it again, as he lined a single to right driving in Estrada to put the Diamondbacks on top 2-0. Morris settled down nicely after that, retiring eight of the next nine batters he faced.
In the top of the sixth Omar Vizquel led off the inning with a walk. With Steve Finley at the plate, Vizquel took second on a passed ball by Estrada and on the next pitch, Finley belted a two-run homer to right to tie the score 2-2. The home run was the 298th of Finley's career.
Barry Bonds stepped to the plate next and promptly scorched a double off of the center-field wall. Bonds, who went 1-2 with two walks on the night, would later score on a Pedro Feliz sacrifice fly to give the Giants a 3-2 lead.
At that point with the way Morris was pitching, it looked as though the Giants were in position for yet another win. However in the bottom half of the inning the floodgates opened on Morris. After retiring DaVanon to start the inning, Chad Tracy ripped a single to center, then Gonzalez proceeded to drive him in with the double to tie the score at 3-3.
"I tried to hang in there as long as I could," said Morris, who gave up two runs early, then saw his club claw back. "We had some great at-bats and that [lead] was all I was looking for, looking for an advantage. Then I go out in the sixth and just couldn't make any pitches."
SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Steve Finley, whose tow-run homer tied the score in the sixth inning at 2-2.
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