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Kubel homered to lead off the 11th inning, helping the Diamondbacks rally for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers after blowing a three-run lead on Friday night to earn their eighth consecutive win over their NL West rival. Arizona has been especially dominant at Dodger Stadium, going 6-1 this season.
Kubel was 1 for 24 before he sent a 1-1 pitch from Matt Guerrier (0-1) into the lower right field seats for his 27th homer.
"Even better, August is over," said Kubel, who was hitting .048 in his previous eight games. "For a while I was chasing everything and I stopped doing that. Hopefully this one can give me a little more confidence going forward."
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Guerrier was making his first appearance since April 18, having come off the disabled list on Thursday.
Brad Bergesen (1-0) pitched two hitless innings for the victory.
"We knew we needed to get in here and turn it around," he said. "Just trying to relax as much as possible in that situation and rely on Miggy [Miguel Montero] as much as possible. You don't want to let yourself get too rushed."
J.J. Putz got three outs 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 that six-game overall skid.
"We got to beat somebody. Hope we can make it nine," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We've had good pitching and played good defensive baseball. We're trying to get as close as we can and we're looking to get on a streak late in the season."
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 lost for the fifth time in six games to remain 4½ games behind San Francisco in the NL West race.
"We still have a chance to control our own destiny if we can play really well down the stretch," manager Don Mattingly said. "You don't have to look back very far to see what can happen in the last month of a season if you remember what happened to Atlanta last season and the Cardinals and Boston. So this thing's far from over, but we need to get on that run."
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.
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.
|Jason Kubel breaks a 3-3 tie with a solo homer in the top of the 11th inning, lifting the Diamondbacks in L.A. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chris Young, CF||5||0||0||0||0||3||0||.223|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||2||0||.297|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||1||1||1||1||0||2||.264|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||3||0||0||0||2||3||2||.282|
|Justin Upton, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.273|
|Miguel Montero, C||5||1||3||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.270|
|Jacob Elmore, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.182|
|Brad Bergesen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.J. Putz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trevor Cahill, P||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.107|
|Mike Zagurski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bryan Shaw, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Gerardo Parra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Brad Ziegler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|David Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|John McDonald, SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.232|
|a-struck out for Shaw in the 7th|
|2B - Aaron Hill (33, Harang), Chris Johnson (23, Harang)|
|3B - Chris Johnson (4, Harang)|
|HR - Jason Kubel (27, Guerrier)|
|RBI - Aaron Hill (62), Jason Kubel (81), Chris Johnson (62), Trevor Cahill (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (23), Chris Johnson (32)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Johnson-Hill-Goldschmidt|
|Mike Zagurski (BS,1)||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||5.57|
|Brad Bergesen (W,1-0)||2||0||0||0||2||3||0||2.50|
|J.J. Putz (S,28)||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||2.76|
|HBP - Ellis (by Trevor Cahill)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 96-54, Mike Zagurski 4-3, Bryan Shaw 4-3, Brad Ziegler 15-8, David Hernandez 13-10, Brad Bergesen 30-17, J.J. Putz 26-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 8-4, Brad Ziegler 3-0, Brad Bergesen 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 23, Mike Zagurski 1, Bryan Shaw 1, Brad Ziegler 3, David Hernandez 3, Brad Bergesen 8, J.J. Putz 5|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||0||1||2||0||1||1||.263|
|Shane Victorino, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.257|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.294|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||1||0||0||1||3||0||.332|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||0||0||2||0||1||.254|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||0||1||1||1||2||2||.290|
|Luis Cruz, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||3||.295|
|A.J. Ellis, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.281|
|Aaron Harang, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.064|
|a- Nick Punto, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Shawn Tolleson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Adam Kennedy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon League, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Juan Rivera, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.239|
|Matt Guerrier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Harang in the 5th|
|b-grounded out for Tolleson in the 7th|
|c-struck out for League in the 10th|
|RBI - Mark Ellis 2 (27), Andre Ethier (76)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis 2 (14), Andre Ethier (37)|
|SB - Matt Kemp (9, 2nd base off Cahill/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Ellis-Gonzalez, H. Ramirez-Ellis-Gonzalez, Ellis-H. Ramirez-Gonzalez, L. Cruz-Ellis-Gonzalez|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Matt Guerrier (L,0-2)||1||1||1||1||0||2||1||3.52|
|HBP - Hill (by Aaron Harang)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 82-51, Shawn Tolleson 30-20, Ronald Belisario 26-17, Brandon League 12-9, Matt Guerrier 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 3-7, Shawn Tolleson 1-2, Ronald Belisario 2-0, Matt Guerrier 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 21, Shawn Tolleson 7, Ronald Belisario 7, Brandon League 3, Matt Guerrier 4|
|Attendance - 37622|
|Game Time - 3:51|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster|