LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Van Slyke and Juan Uribe each tied the score with a clutch home run for the Dodgers. Then it was Aaron Hill's turn to get an even bigger hit against Chris Perez.
Hill lined a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory Friday night over Los Angeles.
Arizona took a 2-1 lead in the ninth when pinch-runner Tony Campana scored on a wild pitch by reliever Chris Withrow, who was attempting to walk Martin Prado intentionally after falling behind him 2-0.
"I've seen that before, but never been a part of it," Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz said. "I think if I would've jumped a little higher I might've got it."
Uribe responded in the bottom half with a one-out homer off closer Addison Reed. Six of Uribe's last eight regular-season home runs have come against the Diamondbacks — three in an 8-1 victory last Sept. 9 at Dodger Stadium.
But in the 12th, Perez (0-1) gave up a leadoff double to A.J. Pollock and plunked pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington on the left foot as he squared to bunt. Gerardo Parra advanced the runners with a sacrifice before Hill broke the tie.
The second baseman was hitless in five previous at-bats and didn't hit the ball out of the infield. A few well-chosen words of encouragement from manager Kirk Gibson helped change his night dramatically.
"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.
Joe Thatcher (0-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings 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. "I guess I got lonelier down there with everybody leaving. But it was fun. It's a lot different than starting, because your adrenaline goes so quick. Then it's over, and you don't know what happened."
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