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Vizquel shows off glove in win

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Arizona Diamondbacks might still be on a winning streak if not for Omar Vizquel's dazzling defense.

No wonder pitcher Kevin Correia is campaigning for the San Francisco Giants to bring back the 11-time Gold Glove shortstop next year.

At 40, Vizquel has shown his defense is as sharp as ever, even if he's struggled on offense for much of 2007. Vizquel flipped the ball from the ground to start a game-ending double play and also had another nice toss to second in the ninth to preserve a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks that snapped Arizona's six-game winning streak.

"I still don't think there's anybody better," Correia said.

"Hopefully, he's around next year for us."

Dan Ortmeier tripled to start the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Feliz's sacrifice fly, but San Francisco's defense was even more exciting.

After Eric Byrnes' one-out single in the sixth, Tony Clark grounded into a 3-6-1 double play when Vizquel leapt over Byrnes to throw out Clark at first. "Who couldn't love Omar?" Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his third save, getting Upton to ground into a game-ending double play that was started by Vizquel.

"Who made nice plays?" Vizquel joked afterward.

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