The Arizona Diamondbacks finally found some clutch hitting on Tuesday, as the snakes were able to come through with runners in scoring position in route to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks salvaged a split in the two-game series with their NL West rivals.
The Diamondbacks got on the board in the second inning, when Gerardo Parra walked with the bases loaded to give the D-Backs a 1-0 lead.
It was the middle of the lineup that did they most damage, and it was the fifth inning that turned out to the be difference Tuesday night. With the bases loaded in the fifth, Justin Upton, Miguel Montero and Jason Kubel delivered consecutive RBI singles to increase the Diamondback's lead to 4-0.
After a Mark Ellis solo home run cut the Diamondback's lead to 4-1, Lyle Overbay increased the D-Backs' lead with a sacrifice fly that scored Montero in the seventh inning.
Wade Miley (4-1) posted another solid outing for the Diamondbacks, as the left-hander went 6 2/3 innings giving up only one earned on eight hits. Miley out dueled LA starter Chad Billingsley, who was pulled with no outs in the fifth after giving up four earned runs.
After a perfect eighth from David Hernandez, J.J. Putz closed out the game in a non-save situation.
The heart of the Diamondbacks order, consisting of Upton, Montero and Kubel, combined for five hits and three RBI's. Willie Bloomquist went went 3-4 with a run scored and a walk.
The Diamondbacks continue their seven-game road trip in Colorado for a two-game series with the Rockies beginning on Wednesday.