Zack Greinke was not off to the hottest start for the Los Angeles Dodgers after giving up a base hit to Gerardo Parra and walking Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero back to back, but he eventually managed to work his way out of the jam. Wade Miley was off to a similar start for the D-backs giving up leadoff back-to-back walks to Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner. Puig was able to advance to third after Hanley Ramirez hit into a double play, but Adrian Gonzalez, who tore apart Arizona pitching last weekend, struck out to end the inning.

Greinke and Miley both breezed through almost perfect second and third innings with Greinke posting four strikeouts over the two innings and Miley allowing no hits and just one walk. In the fourth, Greinke robbed Cody Ross of a base hit by getting the quick snag off the mound for the second out of the inning and finished off the top half of the inning by striking out Martin Prado.

The Diamondbacks starter began the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back strikeouts of Ramirez and Gonzalez, but Matt Kemp interrupted Miley’s work with a two-out single followed by a Scott Van Slyke walk on a wild pitch from Miley. Given his hot hitting, Juan Uribe was the last batter the Arizona starter wanted to see next, but the third baseman flied out to the warning track leaving runners on first and second.

In the fifth, A.J. Pollock nearly grounded out to third, but Uribe bobbled the ball, which allowed Pollock to reach first. Six-foot-three Ramirez made up for the error as he leaped to grab a line drive for the second out, and Greinke handled yet another ball hit to the mound for the last out. Miley retired Dodger batters in order to close out the fifth inning.

It seemed as though Greinke was going to close out a seamless outing in the sixth, but Montero went yard off a Greinke curveball to put the D-Backs ahead, 1-0. Ross then struck out to finish off the top of the inning. With Ramirez drawing the walk, Gonzalez struck out for his third time of the game and Miley remained solid throughout the entire sixth inning.

Jamey Wright came into relief for Greinke in the seventh. The long-reliever had a solid inning, giving up one just one hit and no runs. Van Slyke hit a leadoff homer off Miley to start the bottom of the seventh. J.J. Putz was called from the bullpen and retired the next three batters to end the inning. Heading into the eighth, Chris Withrow replaced Wright and also retired the D-Backs in order. In the bottom of the inning, Brad Ziegler replaced Putz. Kemp had an opportunity to get the Dodgers on the board with two outs and runners on first and second after Ziegler intentionally walked Gonzalez, but the center fielder grounded out to short.

Withrow remained in the game for the top of the ninth, and Montero drew the walk to lead off the inning. Tony Campana came into pinch run and eventually stole second. Ross grounded out, bringing Prado up to the plate with just one out and a runner on third, and in trying to intentionally walk him, Withrow threw the ball above Tim Federowicz’s glove, and Campana came home, putting the D-Backs ahead of the Dodgers, 2-1. Prado eventually drew the walk, and Withrow threw another wild pitched, which allowed the runner to reach second. Chris Owings walked and Brandon League was brought in to replace the struggling Withrow. League managed to get the final two outs of the disastrous inning.

Addison Reed came in for the D-Backs to close the game and gave up a solo bomb to Uribe to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Reed was able to record the final two outs and the game headed into extra innings. League remained on the mound and gave up a leadoff single to Parra. After striking out Aaron Hill, Goldschmidt made it to first on a catcher interference call, but League induced a double play to end the inning. Puig and Turner struck to begin the bottom of the tenth, and Ramirez hit a flare into right field for a two-out single. Lefty Joe Thatcher was brought to face Gonzalez, and the first baseman hit a single to put runners on first and second as Dee Gordon came in to pinch hit and grounded out to short.

Chris Perez came in for the 11th inning, and Ross hit a long fly ball to the warning track, but it was caught by Kemp. Prado followed up with a ground out, and Andre Ethier ended the inning with a sliding catch to rob Owings of a single. Thatcher retired the batters in order to end the eleventh.

With Perez still on the mound in the 12th, Pollock hit a leadoff double, followed by Cliff Pennington getting hit by a pitch, which put runners on first and second with no outs. Parra laid down a sac-but to advance runners to second and third with one out. Hill followed with a single that sent both Pennington and Parra home, making the score 4-2 in the top of the 12th. Trevor Cahill retired the side in order in the bottom of the 12th to give the Diamondbacks their first win over the Dodgers this season.
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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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