Pena comes through as pinch-hitter

Pena comes through as pinch-hitter

PHOENIX -- Wily Mo Pena knew his role.

"I was just thinking to get on base," Pena said about Monday night's pinch-hitting appearance in the bottom of the eighth against Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano.

"Just trying to get a hit so somebody could drive me home."

Pena did get a hit -- a single up the middle -- and somebody did drive him home. Kelly Johnson followed one batter later with a triple to right-center field to tie the game.

Pena's single came in his first pinch-hit at-bat since May 4, 2008 -- when he hit an RBI double as a member of the Washington Nationals -- and broke a six-inning hitless streak for the D-backs against Indians pitching.

"I've been through it before," Pena said. "It wasn't different."

Pena was frequently used as a pinch-hitter during the first four years of his career with the Reds.

"It's not hard," he said. "I know people say it's hard to get used to pinch-hitting. But when I came up, they used me a lot for it. So that's why, over the years, I've just told myself to do the same thing you used to do before."

In 24 at-bats with the D-backs over seven games this season, Pena is hitting .208 with a pair of home runs.