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D-backs pile up 20 hits, edge Dodgers in 12 innings

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LOS ANGELES -- Heath Bell bent over and picked up the dingy shirt, hot and sticky, flipped it around and stretched it out to unveil the Arizona Diamondbacks' motto.

"Get comfortable being uncomfortable."

The gutsy Diamondbacks, all facial hair, sweat and grit, take the mantra to life.

The coaching staff extolled the virtue early in spring training, putting the players through a rigorous regimen predicated on pressure, and the results have followed.

Arizona sweated out yet another extra-innings win and continued its domination of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, when a four-run, 12th-inning rally led to an 8-6 win at Dodger Stadium.

"Plain and simple, I think it was the coaching staff," Bell said. "In spring training, they made us uncomfortable, so we became comfortable about being uncomfortable. We have shirts that it's on -- the one I'm wearing. They just threw a bunch of stuff at us. They wanted us to try a bunch in spring and just go at it so when the season comes, there's nothing new. These pressure situations, we've already done them in spring."

Long ago, the Diamondbacks learned about the power of pressure. On Wednesday, they learned once more about the power of power.

Arizona managed 14 hits against Los Angeles in regulation play, including 11 off starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, but it still that was not enough.

Perhaps because all the hits were singles.

It took a little lift to put the Diamondbacks over the top, giving Arizona its fourth straight series win over Los Angeles.

Cody Ross opened the 12th inning with a double off Ronald Belisario (3-5). Miguel Montero singled the runner to third, and Martin Prado stroked another double, knocking Ross home. Arizona added some padding with a Cliff Pennington RBI single that scored Montero and a Gerardo Parra single that brought home Didi Gregorius and Pennington.

Los Angeles responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, but pinch hitter Tim Federowicz stranded Skip Schumaker and Adrian Gonzalez to end the game. Josh Collmenter (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings, and Bell survived the 12th to give Arizona its seventh win in nine games against the Dodgers this season.

"You can tell our guys aren't going to stop playing," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "These guys have been battling. We've got to keep treading water and keep fighting. Friday we get Hanley (Ramirez) back (in the starting lineup after he's been slowed by a leg injury), then we start getting more pieces back and put some runs on the board consistently and hopefully put some wins together and get on a roll. We have the pitching to do it, and we have a chance to rattle off some games if we play with this attitude all the time."

Seven Diamondbacks had multiple hits, including Ross and Montero, who each had four. Parra added three hits for Arizona, which finished with 20 on the evening.

"It's a funny game. To get 20 hits, not hit a home run, do it the old-fashioned way, that's good," Ross said. "Especially when you're trying to come back when you're down ... especially when you're trying to come back from last night."

A day after tempers flared during a bench-clearing brawl -- the penalties from which are expected to be handed down Thursday -- the Dodgers found a way to exploit Arizona starter Patrick Corbin for one of the few times this season. Corbin, who entered the game looking to become the first Diamondback in team history to start 10-0, allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings.

The Dodgers responded to Arizona's three-run fourth inning with a four-run fifth inning explosion of their own.

And they got production from the unlikeliest of places.

After Ramon Hernandez scored Juan Uribe with an RBI groundout, Ryu came up two batters later and drilled a triple to right field to drive in Alex Castellanos. The Dodgers added two more runs on RBI singles by Nick Punto and Adrian Gonzalez.

"They were just putting some good swings on," Corbin said. "I didn't think I was missing my spots. Other than the changeup I left up for the double ... I thought I was all right, they were just putting on some good swings."

Arizona built the lead in the fourth in similar fashion.

Prado opened the scoring with an RBI single to score Ross, Gregorius singled home Montero, and Pennington grounded into a double play that scored Prado.

The small-ball, station-to-station mentality paid dividends later, as well.

As it has throughout the year.

"The teams that play the close, tough games throughout the year are more inclined to play well down the stretch and in pressure situations -- we've been doing it the whole year," Ross said. "To have what, 12 extra-inning games we've won, a few walk-offs? Those are huge character-building games for our team."

NOTES: Major League Baseball announced that the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will play next March in Australia to kick off the season. ... Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig, the reigning National League player of the week, did not start due to a strained right shoulder. The rookie entered late in the game and went 1-for-1, lifting his average to .486. ... Dodgers C A.J. Ellis (oblique strain) made his second rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and he went 0-for-7 in the two games. ... Federowicz, who started seven of the previous eight games, was out of the starting lineup to get a rest. ... The Dodgers announced the signings of draft picks Chris Anderson (first round), Tom Windle (second), Adam Law (12th) and Thomas Taylor (26th).
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