- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks came oh so close to beating San Diego in 10 innings on Saturday night.

Instead, second baseman Jedd Gyrko’s outstanding play on Cliff Pennington’s line drive ended the inning, then ex-Diamondback Justin Upton homered in the 12th and the Padres won 6-4.

Arizona forced extra innings by scoring twice in the ninth, ending Craig Kimbrel’s string of 35 consecutive saves, nine of them this season.

Then in the 10th, the Diamondbacks had runners at first and third and one out when Pennington lashed a line drive that Gyrko somehow caught, then stepped on first base for an inning-ending double play.

“They battled against possibly the best closer in baseball, who had really good stuff tonight and was throwing hard,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. “To tie the game and have a chance to win it then get a line drive double play is tough.”

Pennington bent over in anguish after that play.

“I’d have done the same thing for sure,” Gyrko said.

An unlikely hero got the big hit in the ninth for Arizona.

Danny Dorn, who has spent nearly all of his 10 professional seasons in the minors, lined Kimbrel’s 98 mph pitch down the right field line after Jordan Pacheco walked and Aaron Hill singled. Both scored. It was Dorn’s third hit, first for extra bases, and first RBIs in the majors.

“His stuff is unbelievable,” Dorn said. “One of the best pitchers and I just tried to stay short and give my team a chance. “

As a reward, Dorn was optioned to Triple-A Reno after the game.

Upton, whose ill-advised dive for David Peralta’s hit turned into an RBI triple in the fourth inning, also singled in a run in the ninth.

Randall Delgado (1-2) threw two scoreless innings before Upton led off the 12th by knocking a 3-2 pitch into the seats in left. Alexi Amerista added an RBI single to make it 6-4.

Upton homered off Delgado in San Diego earlier this season. Both long balls were on fastballs.

Kevin Quackenbush (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to get the victory.

“What a win,” San Diego manager Bud Black said. “All of us - managers, front office executives - have been on the other side of those. Those are gut-wrenchers. Our guys hung in there.”

In the fourth, Upton’s decision to try to dive to get Peralta’s low line drive rather than letting it drop for a single backfired when the ball went past the left fielder and rolled to the wall for an RBI triple.

“A single definitely would have been better but hindsight’s 20-20,” he said. “I’m just trying to play the game aggressively.”

Consecutive RBI doubles by Yangervis Solarte and Derek Norris in the eighth had given the Padres a 3-2 lead. San Diego padded the lead to 4-2 when Wil Myers doubled and Upton singled him home.

When told it was his 70th home run at Chase Field, Upton said, “Is it? I had no clue.”

Arizona’s Chase Anderson gave up a first-inning run then threw six scoreless innings, leaving with a 2-1 lead. Anderson got his first career RBI.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: San Diego made official what Black had said would happen, placing 1B Yonder Alonso on the 15-day DL and recalling OF Abraham Almonte from Triple-A El Paso.

Diamondbacks: Archie Bradley, struck in the face by a line drive on April 28, is to throw a simulated game Sunday at Chase Field. … RHP David Hernandez, coming back from Tommy John surgery, threw an inning in an extended spring training game on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-5), off to a rough start despite a 3.16 ERA, starts in the series finale on Sunday. Cashner has lost his last three starts with little run support. The scores were 3-0, 7-2 and 6-0.

Diamondbacks: Hale has yet to say who will start in place of the injured Bradley. Hale has said he will go with a combination of relievers.


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