LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Hill was having a miserable night at the plate until he got one more chance to redeem himself. A few well-chosen words of encouragement from manager Kirk Gibson didn't hurt.
Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
"Gibby told me in the seventh or eighth inning, 'You're going to get the game-winning hit tonight," Hill said. "He knew I was frustrated a little bit, so it just picked me up a little bit and I appreciated it. I don't know if I believed him at the time, but it worked out."
Arizona snapped a six-game losing streak and improved to 5-14, the worst record in the majors. To do it, the Diamondbacks had to overcome Juan Uribe's tying homer in the ninth off closer Addison Reed.
"Obviously, the last week or so has been rough," Hill said. "But every day these guys come in with a great attitude, and it doesn't matter if it's extra innings or not. It was a beautiful win tonight. It was refreshing, and hopefully we can keep it going."
Chris Perez (0-1) gave up a leadoff double to A.J. Pollock in the 12th and plunked pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington on the left foot as he squared to bunt. Gerardo Parra advanced the runners with a sacrifice, and Hill lined an 0-1 pitch to right-center to break the tie. The second baseman was hitless in five previous at-bats and didn't hit the ball out of the infield.
Joe Thatcher (0-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory and six-year veteran Trevor Cahill got three outs for his first major league save. Cahill was 0-4 with a 9.17 ERA in four starts before he was demoted to the bullpen.
"I don't think I was spending all day today thinking I was going to get a save tonight," Cahill said. "You're out there watching the game, then all of a sudden you're in there and you don't have time to think about it. It was a close game, and I guess I got lonelier down there with everybody leaving. But it was fun.
"You don't have to worry about pacing yourself. You can just let it go. It's a lot different than starting, because your adrenaline goes so quick. Then it's over, and you don't know what happened."
The Dodgers had won the first five meetings with the Diamondbacks this year, including both ends of their season-opening series in Sydney and last weekend's three-game set at Phoenix.