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Hudson's homer in 15th helps D-Backs deny Dodgers

PHOENIX (AP) -- 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 the Arizona Diamondbacks a 9-7 victory over the Los
Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

The five-hour, six-minute triumph came 10 days after the
Diamondbacks played a club-record 18 innings and five hours, 21
minutes in a 2-1 victory 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, and it's a big
win."

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 narrowly missed a third home run with a shot
to the left field wall in the 14th.

But the Diamondbacks 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 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.

Saito walked Jackson to start Arizona's 11th. First baseman
Nomar Garciaparra couldn't handle third baseman Wilson Betemit's
throw on Stephen Drew's sacrifice bunt for an error. Jackson went
to third on the play, then scored on Carlos Quentin's sacrifice fly
to tie it at 7-7.

"That was a great game out there tonight," Dodgers manager
Grady Little said. "We made a couple of mistakes defensively, but
we came out of the gates swinging. It was just one of those nights
where we needed to score a few more than we did."

Arizona loaded the bases with one out in the 13th and 14th, but
couldn't score.

J.D. Drew's homers, both with two outs, helped the Dodgers take
a 6-3 lead after four innings, but the Diamondbacks rallied to tie
it with single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth to deny Greg
Maddux his 330th career victory.

Maddux, who got a no decision, is 1-9 lifetime against Arizona.
He allowed four runs, two earned, on 10 hits in five innings. He
said he had no idea why he struggles so against the Diamondbacks.

"I guess they just match up good against me, I don't know," he
said, "but I didn't pitch very good tonight."

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.

J.D. Drew hit a solo homer in the first and a two-run shot in
the third, both off Claudio Vargas, for his 11th career multi-homer
game and second this season, both at Chase Field. Russell Martin,
1-for-21 on the road trip up to that point, also homered for the
Dodgers.

Game notes
Byrnes set a career high with his 18th stolen base of the
season. ... Maddux failed to strike out a batter in his shortest
outing since June 4 against St. Louis. ... J.D. Drew has 14 home
runs this season, tied with Garciaparra and Betemit for most on the
team. ... The Dodgers are 1-7 in extra-inning games this season,
Arizona 6-4. ... The Dodgers went 17 innings against Oakland on
July 17.