PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Owings hit a three-run homer off All-Star closer Kenley Jansen with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice in the 15th to rally past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 early Tuesday.
The first matchup between the teams since the NL champion Dodgers swept their Division Series last October became the longest game in Chase Field history at 5 hours, 45 minutes.
Chase Utley’s RBI single shortly after midnight put the Dodgers up 7-6 in the 15th, but Nick Ahmed’s run-scoring double tied it in the bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Jeff Mathis singled Ahmed home with the game-winner.
Both teams used all their available relievers.
Wilmer Font (0-1) threw four scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the 15th. Fernando Salas (1-1) went three innings to get the win.
Jansen blew one save in 42 opportunities last season, earning his second consecutive Trevor Hoffman NL reliever of the year award. But this season has not started well. The Dodgers’ closer gave up a home run to Joe Panik in a 1-0 loss to San Francisco in his first outing last Friday, then blew a three-run lead in his second on Monday night.
With the Dodgers up 6-3, Jansen got the first two batters to ground out but walked Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock, both on 3-2 counts, to bring up Owings, who hit the first pitch he saw into the left field seats.
Owings became just the fourth player to hit a three-run homer or better (grand slam) against Jansen, who was touched up a bit in the World Series last year. The right-hander gave up two homers, took a loss and blew one of his three save chances against the Houston Astros.
Yasiel Puig made two fine defensive plays for the Dodgers in the 14th, catching Goldschmidt’s drive at the right-field fence and then throwing out Ketel Marte trying to advance to second on a deep flyout by Pollock.
Yasmani Grandal reached base in his first five plate appearances for the Dodgers, including a two-run homer in the first inning, but bounced out to second with runners on first and third to end the 10th.
Logan Forsythe also homered for Los Angeles, a solo shot off Yoshihisa Hirano to break a 3-all tie in the sixth.
Marte became the seventh Diamondbacks player to triple twice in a regular-season game. He also did it in last year’s wild-card victory over Colorado.
Diamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo said OF Steven Souza Jr. (strained right pectoral muscle) threw from 90 feet and swung the bat in the cage.
Arizona OF Yasmany Tomas was sent outright to Triple-A Reno after clearing waivers. Tomas could have rejected the assignment after clearing waivers but that would have meant negating the $42.5 million left on his six-year, $68 million contract. Tomas already had been optioned to Reno late in spring training but no longer is on the 40-man roster.
LHP Clayton Kershaw, coming off a 1-0 loss to San Francisco in the season opener, takes the mound for the Dodgers and RHP Zack Godley makes his season debut for Arizona on Tuesday night in the second game of the three-game series.
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