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“He was amazing,” Balester said of Zimmerman. “Any ball that comes to that guy, it’s an out.”

“It was a busy night for me,” the third baseman said. “I’d rather have that any night than no balls hit to me. It was fun.”

Estarda intentionally walked No. 8 hitter Casey Blake to load the bases, but he struck out Lowe to end the inning.

“We had to work a couple Houdinis out there,” Acta said. “How we did it, I don’t know.”