Chris Young scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning, lifting NL West-leading Arizona to a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. It was the Diamondbacks' 44th comeback victory, tops in the majors.
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"We get frustrated sometimes, but overall just a good game," said manager Kirk Gibson, a former Dodgers star. "We felt the pressure, but we performed well. We didn't make any big mistakes and finally got a run across."Gerardo Parra sparked the Diamondbacks with a tying homer off Hong-Chih Kuo with two out in the seventh, then a leadoff single in the 10th.After Aaron Hill sacrificed and Justin Upton struck out, Javy Guerra (2-1) issued consecutive walks to Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt and Young, helping Arizona win its second in a row and sixth in seven games. The D-backs are 8-4 in extra-inning games."It's a pressure situation," Young said of Guerra's jam. "He had been so successful at home and he has great stuff. He lost control. It happens every now and then."Micah Owings (7-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win and J.J. Putz finished for his 40th save in 44 chances.Arizona starter Ian Kennedy was denied his 20th victory. The right-hander gave up four runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked one in six innings. It was his most runs since July 3, when he allowed seven in a 7-2 loss at Oakland."I wasn't commanding it as well. It wasn't as sharp as it had been, especially with two strikes," said Kennedy, who was getting over a cold bug that has hit the team. "I kind of let the team down. It was tough."Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley allowed three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out two and walked three in his fourth straight no-decision."The past few starts have been a rough stretch," he said. "I'm trying to find my delivery again and trying to figure it out, I guess. I'm just going to keep working."Matt Kemp was hitless in five at-bats, including three strikeouts, for the Dodgers a day after going 2 for 4 with a homer in the series opener. Los Angeles has dropped three in a row.Montero drove in three runs, including a two-run homer -- his career-best 16th -- in the first that gave Arizona the lead. His sacrifice fly in the third trimmed Los Angeles' advantage to 4-3.The Dodgers scored four runs on five hits off Kennedy in the bottom of the first.Kemp hit a sacrifice fly, then James Loney, Aaron Miles and Jerry Sands had two-out hits. Loney doubled into the right-field corner, Miles singled to center and Sands doubled into the left-field corner to complete the scoring in the 34-minute inning.
The Dodgers lost their first extra-inning home game of the season and fell to 8-2 in extra-inning games. ... Kennedy has allowed one run or less 15 times this season. ... The Diamondbacks are 7-2 at Dodger Stadium with one game remaining. ... The Dodgers have gone 14-5 in RF Juan Rivera's 19 starts in the cleanup position. He went hitless in four at-bats.