Don Mattingly has seen the Dodgers drop five of their last six games.
After getting five scoreless innings out of their bullpen, a sixth was too much to ask. Jason Kubel lined a ball just over the short wall down the right field line for a solo home run in the 11th inning to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday night in the second game of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
The home run for Kubel came against Matt Guerrier, who hadn't pitched for the Dodgers since April 18, missing over four months with right elbow pain. Kubel was the first batter faced by Guerrier, who retired the next three in order, including two strikeouts.
The Dodgers put two runners on base in the 11th against closer J.J. Putz, but A.J. Ellis flew to shallow left field to end the game.
The loss was the eighth straight against Arizona for the Dodgers, who remained 1½ games behind the Cardinals for the second wild card spot in the National League.
Aaron Harang got the benefit of a pair of double plays in the first two innings, but also had some bad luck fall his way. Or, Andre Ethier's way at least. After catcher Miguel Montero singled with two out in the second, Chris Johnson lofted a fly ball to right field that should have ended the inning. But Ethier lost the ball in the lights, and it fell for a gift triple and a 1-0 Diamondbacks lead.
Johnson started another Arizona rally with a leadoff double in the fifth inning, the start of a two-run inning that gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 advantage and continued Johnson's tormenting of Los Angeles. Since joining Arizona via trade on July 29, Johnson has two doubles, a triple, and two home runs with eight RBI in four games against the Dodgers, hitting .533 (8-for-15).
After their scoreless streak reached 14 innings, the Dodgers offense showed life in the fifth inning with a two-out rally that featured three singles and a hit-by-pitch. The third and final single of the inning was delivered by Mark Ellis, scoring both Luis Cruz and A.J. Ellis.
In the sixth inning, Matt Kemp singled with one out, then stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball by Hanley Ramirez. That ended Trevor Cahill's night after 5 2/3 innings, as lefty Mike Zagurski was brought in to face Ethier, hitting just .216/.276/.324 against southpaws entering the night.
But Ethier lofted a ball just over the head of shortstop Jake Elmore for an RBI single and a 3-3 tie.
Shawn Tolleson had a nice bounce back outing after allowing six runs in his last two appearances. Tolleson struck out three in two scoreless innings on Friday night.
The Dodgers turned a season-high four double plays on Friday, including in both the eighth and ninth innings behind Ronald Belisario, who threw two scoreless innings of his own.
Brandon League struck out all three batters he faced in the 10th inning, continuing his good run of late. In his last six outings, League has allowed one hit, three walks, and no runs, with nine strikeouts.
The Dodgers are 6-5 in extra-inning games this season.
Catcher Tyler Ogle was promoted from Class A Great Lakes to Triple A Albuquerque, making room for Tim Federowicz to head to Los Angeles on Saturday. Per Isotopes beat writer Chris Jackson, Albuquerque manager Lorenzo Bundy said Federowicz would be the only call-up to the Dodgers on Saturday, but not relief pitcher Javy Guerra.
Home Runs: Jason Kubel (27)
WP - Brad Bergesen (1-1): 2 IP, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
LP - Matt Guerrier (0-2): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 strikeouts
Sv - J.J. Putz (28): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts