=== Hill lifts D'backs in wild affair with Padres ===
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Aaron Hill's single to left scored Adam Eaton
to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a wild 10-9 win in 10 innings over the San
In a game that featured multiple lead changes, outstanding defensive plays and
26 hits, Arizona again capitalized with late-game heroics to win for the 11th
time in walk-off fashion this season.
The Diamondbacks, who moved to 15-5 in extra innings, pulled within five games
of Cincinnati for the second wild card spot. They are 8 1/2 games behind the
first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Eaton singled off Dale Thayer (2-4) to start the home 10th. Paul Goldschmidt
also singled. Martin Prado, who made a game-saving grab in the ninth inning,
put runners at the corners after a fly out. After Goldschmidt was given second
base, the Padres put five men in the infield, but Hill hit a line drive to
deep left field to win the game.
The game also saw blown saves from Will Harris and Brad Ziegler on the Arizona
side. Heath Bell (5-2) retired the side in order in the top of the 10th.
Gerardo Parra homered and knocked in a career-high five runs. Prado had three
RBI and Eaton went 3-for-5, as the Diamondbacks won for the third time in four
They've played extra innings five times in their last 14 games. That includes
wins each time, including 18-inning and 16-inning contests.
"We made a lot of mistakes. Our bullpen obviously had trouble. You're seeing
some residual effects of the extra-inning games. We got through it," Arizona
manager Kirk Gibson said.
Ronny Cedeno knocked in three runs and Jedd Gyorko had two RBI for San Diego,
which is in danger of being swept in this three-game set.
"That was a game that had a lot of direction both ways," Padres manager Bud
Lost in the shuffle of the dramatic ending was Ian Kennedy's return to
Arizona. Kennedy, who faced his former team for the first time since he was
dealt to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline last month, allowed six
hits, five walks and six runs over 4 1/3 innings.
David Holmberg lasted 3 2/3 innings in his MLB debut for the Diamondbacks, who
were coasting with a 7-3 lead entering the eighth. Cedeno had a two-run
double, and Mark Kotsay and Gyorko added RBI base hits to tie the game.
Prado delivered the tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the eighth
The Padres tied the game in the ninth against Ziegler. Nick Hundley's single
plated Yonder Alonso. With men at the corners, Cedeno executed a perfectly-
placed bunt to the first-base side of the mound. Goldschmidt hesitated, and
the infield hit tied the game.
San Diego would have taken the lead later in the ninth if not for Prado. With
the bases loaded, Gyorko sent a line drive destined for the left field corner,
but Prado made a leaping grab to rob an extra-base hit.
The Diamondbacks had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth when
Luke Gregerson threw a pitch into the dirt. The ball didn't go far, though,
and Cliff Pennington was tagged out in a run down towards the plate to send
the game to the 10th.
Gyorko had an RBI single during a three-run opening inning, but the
Diamondbacks tied it in the second on Parra's 10th homer of the year.
Josh Collmenter escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fourth, and
Arizona went ahead in the fifth on Goldschmidt's RBI ground-rule double.
Parra's two-run single later in the frame made it 6-3.
Prado walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to create the four-run margin.
Prado upped his season RBI total to 71, which is a career-high. He also has 30
RBI this month. Equally as impressive, he's 15-for-30 with 24 runs batted in
with runners in scoring position ... Padres third baseman Chase Headley left
the game due to back stiffness ... The Diamondbacks have won their last five
games when a starter makes his MLB debut ... Arizona has a five-game winning
streak at Chase Field and has won eight of its last 10 at home ... The
Diamondbacks opened a roster spot for Holmberg by designating outfielder Jason
Kubel for assignment.
08/28 02:48:25 ET