Hill, Kubel lift D-backs over Giants 8-6 in 11

Associated Press Modified: September 5, 2012 at 3:02 am •  Published: September 5, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jason Kubel squandered three chances for a big hit that could have helped the Diamondbacks avoid extra innings. Given a fourth opportunity, he finally came through.

Aaron Hill had a career-high five hits and Kubel tripled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning to lead Arizona over the San Francisco Giants 8-6 on Tuesday night.

Kubel, who leads the team with 82 RBIs, struck out with two runners on in the first and third. Then he fouled out with the bases loaded to end the eighth. But in the 11th, he delivered at last.

"I had a chance to do that earlier and missed it," Kubel said. "I'm glad I was able to do that when I did. It was a fun game. Well, not so much fun — but we won the game and that's all that matters."

The first-place Giants used 11 pitchers, matching a major league record for extra-inning games. They remained 4½ games ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West because the Dodgers also lost at home in 11 innings, to San Diego.

Hill drove in two runs and was a triple shy of his third cycle this season. John McDonald also had two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who ended a three-game skid.

Brandon Belt had three hits, including a two-run homer, to help San Francisco rally from a 6-2 deficit. Pablo Sandoval knocked in two runs, but the Giants had their three-game winning streak stopped.

"There's something special about this team that we kept fighting no matter what the situation," Belt said. "I can't say enough about what everybody in here is doing."

Josh Collmenter (4-3) pitched two innings for the win.

Hill opened the 11th with a single off George Kontos (1-1) and scored on Kubel's one-out triple to right-center off Javier Lopez. After an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero added an RBI single.

"It was a great game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had the lead and we were in command and the Giants did, really, what they've been doing all year and kept coming back. We kept our composure and it was a good win for us."

Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy, who also drove in a run, took a three-hitter into the sixth. He was pulled after Brandon Crawford doubled as the potential tying run.

Kennedy was charged with five runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.



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