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SF@ARI: Montero two-run double puts D-backs up early

PHOENIX -- The D-backs keep winning, but unfortunately for their hopes of securing home-field advantage in the National League Division Series, so do the Brewers.

Arizona completed a three-game sweep of the Giants with a 5-2 win Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

The Brewers polished off a sweep of their own as they beat the Marlins, 9-5, to remain one game ahead of the D-backs for the second-best record in the NL behind the Phillies. Should the two teams finish with identical records, the D-backs would hold the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series 4-3.

Josh Collmenter (10-10) was impressive in his final regular season start. The rookie right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits over seven innings.

Collmenter joined Ian Kennedy (22 wins), Daniel Hudson (16) and Joe Saunders (12) as double-digit winners. It is just the second time in franchise history that four pitchers have compiled 10 or more wins. Randy Johnson, Omar Daal, Andy Benes and Armando Reynoso accomplished the feat in 1999.

"It was something I was looking forward to doing," Collmenter said of nabbing his 10th win. "It was a little bit in the back of my head, but not too much. I just wanted to go out there and give the team a chance to win. We're fighting for home-field advantage now, so as long as we keep winning, hopefully, the Brewers can slip up a little bit and make it close down to the end."

The game was not all good news for the D-backs, who saw All-Star right fielder Justin Upton leave the game after being hit in the helmet by a Tim Lincecum 93-mph fastball in the first inning.

Upton passed neurological tests and a CT scan showed no damage. He is listed as day to day.

The incident clearly had lasting effects on Lincecum, who did not have one of his better outings. He lasted just five innings and allowed five runs on eight hits.

"You definitely feel for Lincecum because you can tell right away there was nothing intentional there," D-backs closer J.J. Putz said. "I think it kind of shook him up a little bit, maybe got him off his game a little bit. I'm just glad J-Up is going to be OK."

Lincecum used to own the D-backs. He came into this season with a 7-2 career mark against them and after getting a no-decision in his first start against Arizona this year, he has now dropped his last three starts against them.

The D-backs jumped on Lincecum for a pair of runs in the first when Miguel Montero followed Upton's beaning with a two-run double.

"I was kind of afraid to go in for fear of that kind of stuff happening again," Lincecum said. "I know situations like that can be extremely scary. I definitely wanted to go in there and see if he was all right. During the game, I had one of the players send a message over there saying it was a complete accident. There was no intention of doing that. He sent back that he was fine. I felt a little timid trying to make pitches in on batters after that."

Collin Cowgill gave the D-backs a 3-0 lead with an RBI double in the fourth and one inning later, Arizona added a pair of tack-on runs to go up 5-0.

That was more than enough support for Collmenter, who did not allow a hit until Andres Torres led off the fourth with a bunt single.

The Giants finally got on the board in the sixth when Torres and Carlos Beltran each hit solo homers.

The biggest pitch of the game for Collmenter was the 100th and final one he threw, a 2-2 curveball that got pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff looking for strike three.

For much of the season, Collmenter has been a two-pitch starter relying on his upper-80s fastball and changeup while the club has encouraged him to develop his curveball. After Huff fouled off six pitches, Collmenter broke out the curve.

"I've worked on it a lot this year and it just gives you the confidence to throw it," Collmenter said. "He was battling, he was fouling fastballs off and staying on the changeup a little bit, so I knew he wasn't looking for it and I just wanted to make a good pitch. Fortunately, I was able to." Comments