Howie Kendrick hit the go ahead home run in the top of the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers came from behind to knock out the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Kendrick went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and was a triple short of the cycle, but more importantly he came through in the clutch when the Dodgers needed him the most.
Kendrick tied the game with an RBI single in the top of seventh, and won the game with his solo home run in the 10th. All of Kendrick's hits were to opposite field as the second baseman continues his torrid hitting stretch over the past week.
"I was just trying to get something out over the plate," said Kendrick of his at-bats. "My main thing tonight was just to put good swings on pitches."
Kendrick wasn't the only one on the Dodgers who has been swinging a hot bat as of late as catcher Yasmani Grandal had four RBIs on the evening including a two-run home run in the second, and a two-run double in the 10th.
His two-run double in the extra frame turned out to be huge for LA as Kenley Jansen allowed a run in the bottom of the tenth, before striking out Yosmany Tomás to end the game, earning his 12th save.
"I thought they would have walked me in that inning to get to Jimmy," Grandal said of the double. "I was able to get Kenley two runs of support and it ended up being big."
One night after the Dodgers bullpen imploded, allowing 10 runs over the final four innings, they bounced back pitching four scoreless innings of relief to keep LA in the game.
"Our bullpen got a chance to go back out there the next night, and they were able to bounce back," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It was very nice to see them pitch like that."
Joel Peralta pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up the win as the Dodgers have now taken eight of the last nine against the Diamondbacks.
Nick Ahmed homered for the second consecutive game in the fourth inning to give Arizona a 3-2 lead. It was Ahmed's first time hitting home runs on back-to-back nights in his career.
Rubby De La Rosa was strong for Arizona on the mound allowing just two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. De La Rosa has been stellar in his last four starts, allowing just two earned runs, posting an ERA of 1.30 over that span.
Carlos Frias battled back spasms throughout the night for the Dodgers, but still managed to keep his team in the game. Frias allowed three runs, on seven hits in five innings before telling his catcher that he was done for the night with lower back soreness.
"He got double plays when we needed them, and he battled through," said Grandal. "He came to me in the fifth inning and said 'I'm done,' I told Donny and he took it from there."
The play of the game came in the top of the seventh inning with the Dodgers trailing 3-2. Veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins patiently walked after a nine pitch at-bat and three batters later Kendrick singled him home on an eight pitch at-bat to tie the game at 3-3.
"That's what we need as a team. Jimmy had a great at-bat," Kendrick said. "It was huge. It was good that we turned it around and came back to win the game."
The left field combination of Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke each recorded outfield assists by throwing runners out at second base during the game.
Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger, the Dodgers three and four starters in the rotation replacing the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy have not pitched beyond the sixth inning in nearly a month.