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Upton rallies D'backs

Upton rallies D'backs
PHOENIX -- They are just kids, struggling early to live up to the hype and perhaps unreasonable expectations, and now are showing off their extraordinary talents.

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton and San Francisco Giants rookie third baseman Pablo Sandoval traded dramatic home runs Sunday, but it was Upton's shot that saved the day for Arizona, leading the Diamondbacks to a 5-4, 12-inning victory.

Sandoval, 22, expected to anchor the Giants' offense this season, was hitting just .195 a week ago with one RBI. Giants manager Bruce Bochy dropped Sandoval to sixth in the lineup and the confidence is back. Sandoval had a career-high four hits and broke open a 1-1 game in the seventh with a three-run homer, his first of the season.

Upton, 21, hitless in his first 15 at-bats this season, hit a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning off Giants closer Brian Wilson. They won on Conor Jackson's bases-loaded single with one out off reliever Justin Miller. It was Upton's second homer in 24 hours, and he now is batting .303 in the last 10 games.

quot;J-Up (Upton) is starting to come around,quot; Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds said. quot;And if he does, watch out. He's got all of the talent in the world. A lot of people were doubting him, but it was just a matter of time before he got going. If he gets going, and Conor (hitting .207) gets going, we're going to string together some wins and get out of this thing we're in.quot;

Arizona (7-11) was in danger of being swept by the red-hot Giants, who had won five in a row. Chad Tracy led off the ninth with a double. One out later, Upton hit a 3-1 fastball that barely cleared the left-field wall to tie the score.

quot;People that have never played this game don't realize just how tough it is,quot; Upton said. quot;I'm swinging the bat better. And obviously, so is (Sandoval).quot;

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Added: April 27, 2009

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