Hinske powers Diamondbacks past Brewers 8-7

Hinske powers Diamondbacks past Brewers 8-7

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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 7: Eric Hinske #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is all smiles after hitting a two-run homer in the 11th inning off of John Axford #59 of the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 7, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)

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by Jay Cohen, Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 7 at 3:47 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pinch hitter Eric Hinske belted a long two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 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 career pinch-hit homer.

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.

Jonathan Lucroy had a one-out RBI single, but Rickie Weeks and pinch hitter Kyle Lohse -- a starting pitcher forced into duty after manager Ron Roenicke ran through his available players -- struck out to end the game.

Ailing slugger Ryan Braun stepped into the on-deck circle with Weeks at the plate, but Roenicke called him back into the dugout after he struck out.

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