Jason Kubel’s 11th-inning HR Helps D’backs Beat Dodgers 4-3
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason Kubel homered to lead off the 11th inning, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 after they blew a three-run lead on Friday night for their eighth consecutive win over their NL West rival.
Kubel sent a 1-1 pitch from Matt Guerrier (0-1) into the lower right field seats for his 27th homer. Guerrier was making his first appearance since April 18, having come off the disabled list on Thursday. Kubel was 1 for 24 before he homered, leaving him one shy of tying his career high of 28.
Brad Bergesen (1-0) pitched two hitless innings for the victory. J.J. Putz got three for his 28th save in 31 chances, striking out Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and retiring A.J. Ellis on a fly ball with runners at the corners to end it as the Diamondbacks won their sixth in a row on the road. They had won the series opener 2-0 on Thursday night to snap a six-game overall skid.
The Dodgers’ losing streak against Arizona ties their longest since dropping eight in a row against the D-backs from July 2-Sept. 29, 2005. They missed a chance to make up ground on NL West-leading San Francisco, which lost to the Cubs earlier Friday, and instead dropped 4½ games back.
The Dodgers rallied to tie the game 3-3 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth on Mark Ellis’ two-run single and Andre Ethier’s RBI single over the head of shortstop Jake Elmore that scored Matt Kemp, who walked and stole second.
Arizona got two runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI single up the middle by pitcher Trevor Cahill and an RBI double by Aaron Hill with two outs.
Chris Johnson’s triple led to the Diamondbacks’ first run in the second after right fielder Ethier lost the ball in the twilight. It fell behind him and he fell down scrambling to recover as Miguel Montero scored.
Cahill gave up three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, struck out four and walked two. Los Angeles starter Aaron Harang allowed three runs and five hits in five innings, struck out three and walked two.
NOTES: The Dodgers turned a season-high four double plays. … Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and plans to play catch Saturday. The right-hander has been out since Tuesday, when he experienced an irregular heartbeat similar to what happened to him last season. He is on blood thinners until at least Monday, and will find out more when he meets with doctors on Tuesday. If they give Jansen the go-ahead to pitch again, he would return to his closer’s role immediately. … With Kemp back in the lineup, manager Don Mattingly flip-flopped Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez in the third and fourth spots, putting Kemp in the cleanup spot for the first time this season. … The Diamondbacks claimed INF Cody Ransom off waivers from Milwaukee. He is scheduled to join the team Saturday when MLB rosters expand. He began the season in the organization and played 17 games before being designated for assignment on May 21. He played 64 games for the Brewers. … Jaime Jarrín, who does the Dodgers’ Spanish-language radio broadcast, will return for his 55th season in 2013 as part of a three-year contract. He holds the second-longest tenure in MLB broadcasting history behind his Dodgers colleague and fellow Hall of Famer Vin Scully.
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