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Hinske's homer give D'backs sweep

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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.

Hinske grew up just an hour north of Milwaukee in Menasha, Wisconsin and had numerous family members including his parents, brother and sister at the weekend series at Miller Park.

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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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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