PHOENIX – Another marathon night, another victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Orlando Hudson hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 15th inning to give Arizona a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
The five-hour, six-minute triumph came 10 days after the D’backs played a club-record 18 innings and five hours, 21 minutes in a 2-1 win at Colorado.
“It had the same type of feel,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s frustrating because we had so many opportunities and left so many men on base. But we kept grinding.”
Brandon Lyon (2-3), the game’s 15th pitcher and eighth for Arizona, threw two scoreless innings to get the victory. Aaron Sele (7-5) pitched the 3 2/3 innings for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers lost their fourth straight, but maintained a one-game lead in the NL West over the San Diego Padres, who lost 13-5 at Colorado. Arizona snapped a four-game skid and is three back.
Lyon walked in his first major league plate appearance with one out in the 15th. Eric Byrnes popped out, then Hudson – who had doubled twice – hit Sele’s 3-2 pitch, a curve ball, 417 feet to center above the home run line.
“I’m not a home run hitter,” Hudson said. “That’s not my game. I was hoping to put it in play. The baseball gods did that tonight.”
Conor Jackson was 4 for 6 and reached base seven times for the Diamondbacks, who tied a club record by leaving 21 runners on base.
J.D. Drew hit a pair of homers to drive in three runs, then singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 11th inning to put the Dodgers up 7-6. He just missed a third home run with a shot to the left field wall in the 14th.
But the D’backs tied it with their third unearned run of the game in their half of the 11th as Los Angeles closer Takashi Saito blew a save for only the second time in 16 tries.
Rafael Furcal led off the Dodgers’ 11th with a single, then stole second, his 31st stolen base of the season. He scored when Drew singled to right.
Jackson walked in Arizona’s 11th and scored on Carlos Quentin’s sacrifice fly to tie it at 7-7. Arizona loaded the bases with one out in the 13th and 14th, but couldn’t score.
Dodgers starter Greg Maddux, 1-9 lifetime against Arizona, failed to get his 330th career victory.
Luis Gonzalez doubled twice for Arizona to give him 540 for his career, tied for 23rd with Joe Medwick and Dave Winfield on the career list.