PHOENIX -- Former Dodgers farmhand Kyle Jensen's home run snapped Rich Hill's string of 27 consecutive batters retired and Mitch Haniger's three-run blast off Louis Coleman capped the D-backs' 7-3 win over the Dodgers on Thursday night at Chase Field in a game that included a bench-clearing incident."I think obviously
PHOENIX -- Former Dodgers farmhand Kyle Jensen's home run snapped Rich Hill's string of 27 consecutive batters retired and Mitch Haniger's three-run blast off Louis Coleman capped the D-backs' 7-3 win over the Dodgers on Thursday night at Chase Field in a game that included a bench-clearing incident.
"I think obviously the last three days we've been swinging the bats really well and guys have felt good about themselves in here. First-place team comes in who just put us in our place in LA," Arizona manager Chip Hale said. "The whole deal there with the benches emptying just got guys more fired up. It's exciting. It's good baseball."
Hill, removed from his last start in Miami after seven perfect innings as a precaution for finger blisters, retired the first five Arizona batters before the home run by Jensen, a rookie who played in 2015 for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. Arizona also had RBI singles by Chris Owings, Paul Goldschmidt and Brandon Drury, while the Dodgers scored on RBI doubles from Justin Turner and Chase Utley and a wild pitch. More >
Archie Bradley (7-9) struck out six in the first two innings and finished with seven in six-plus innings. Hill (3-1) came into the game having pitched 19 scoreless innings since his July 31 trade from Oakland but was charged with four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Benches cleared in the top of the fifth inning when Hill led off with a bunt on a pitch far inside. Hill, apparently feeling he was thrown at intentionally, yelled at Bradley as he ran to first base. Bradley fielded the ball, threw Hill out, then yelled back. Both benches emptied briefly and the teams received warnings from plate umpire Ron Kulpa.
"There probably wasn't any intent there," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
The Dodgers have a magic number of 13 to clinch the division over the Giants and 11 to guarantee a Wild Card berth over St. Louis.
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Rally chases Hill: The D-backs broke it open with a five-run rally in the sixth. An RBI single by Goldschmidt made it 3-1 and chased Hill with one out. Drury also collected an RBI single, his seventh straight game driving in a run. Arizona took a 7-1 lead when Haniger blasted a three-run homer to left.
"The guy was just throwing a no-hitter for seven innings and been pretty unhittable in the National League so far," Hale said, "so our guys were fired up."
Not clutch: The Dodgers had runners on first and second with no outs in the second and third innings, but came away empty both times. In the second, Bradley responded by striking out the bottom of the order -- Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson and Hill. In the third, after singles by Utley and Corey Seager, Turner grounded into a double-play and Adrián González lined out to third base.
"I know we're a good offensive club," said Roberts, whose team has scored five runs in the past three games. "We're going to win our share of baseball games. It's something, this is what guys are built for. Every day expecting to score and just not happening, but tomorrow's a new day."
Tackling the aces: Jensen is having no trouble with some of the game's top hurlers. In his first career start last Friday, he took San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner deep. Making his second career start Thursday, Jensen blasted a two-out solo shot to straightaway center in the bottom of the second off Hill to put Arizona ahead, 1-0.
"I like facing left-handed pitching and it doesn't matter who's throwing and what they've done," Jensen said. "I just treat everybody the same." More >
September yes, October no:Josh Ravin retired all six batters he faced, three on strikeouts, in his sixth scoreless appearance since being recalled. He would be competing for a post-season bullpen spot, except he's ineligible after being suspended for violating the league's drug prevention program.
"He's experimenting. You'll have to ask him." -- Roberts, on Joc Pederson using a helmet with a facemask
"I thought it looked cool." -- Pederson of the facemask
Dodgers:Kenta Maeda starts for the Dodgers in the 6:40 p.m. PT game, still tied with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kaz Ishii for the second-most wins by a Dodgers rookie. He is 6-2 in his last nine starts, 8-4 on the road and is 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA against Arizona, beating the D-backs as recently as Sept. 5 at Dodger Stadium.
D-backs: After taking a beating from his former team in their last meeting, Zack Greinke looks for better results this time against the Dodgers on Friday at 6:40 p.m. MST. Greinke (12-6, 4.54) allowed eight runs, including five homers, in Los Angeles on Sept. 5. He lost again last time out, allowing three runs in six innings against the Giants on Sept. 11.
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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989 and for MLB.com since 2001.
*Jake Rill * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.