The Diamondbacks got on the board first with a run in the second inning and led 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but Arizona starter Trevor Cahill was unable to hold the lead. The Dodgers cut the lead to 3-2 with two runs in the fifth then tied the game with another run in the sixth inning. The teams matched zeroes until Kubel broke the tie with his 27th home run of the season. The Dodgers threatened in the bottom of the 11th inning with men on first and third and two outs but J.J. Putz was able to retire A.J. Ellis to earn his 28th save of the season.
Cahill allowed three runs over 5-2/3 innings while striking out four. Dodgers starter Aaron Harang pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs and five hits. Miguel Montero went 3-for-5 for the Diamdonbacks while Aaron Hill and Chris Johnson both finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Dodgers offense struggled all game, collecting just six hits over 11 innings. The first five batters in the Dodgers lineup combined to go 1-for-21 including an 0-for-5 from Adrian Gonzalez.
With the win, Arizona has now won the first two games of the four-game series. The two teams will meet again Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m. PT.
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