Aaron Hill just sort of smiled meekly and paused for a second. He didn't seem to know what to say.

It wasn't that he was stunned by his own accomplishment. It was just that the accomplishment, as rare and historic as it might have been, was outweighed in his mind by something his team hopes to do 90-plus times this year.

In the Diamondbacks' 9-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, Hill had hit for the cycle for the second time this month. It was just the second time in baseball's modern era that a player had hit for the cycle twice in the same season. Hill did it twice in 11 days.

"I mean, hey, whatever you can do to help the team win," Hill said. "And if it's a cycle, I'll take it every time."

Hill was told that he doesn't sound all that excited.

"It's great," he said. "I'm a little tired, but it's my job. It's obviously great. I'm not going to jump up and down. But it's fun to do, fun to be productive and see these guys happy."

He was hardly the only bright spot on the night for the Diamondbacks, who got seven strong innings from right-hander Ian Kennedy and nearly had a second player -- Paul Goldschmidt -- hit for the cycle, falling a triple short.

Hill first hit for the cycle -- that is, to record a single, double, triple and home run in the same game -- on June 18 against the Seattle Mariners. The only other player since 1900 to do it twice in the same year was Babe Herman, who pulled it off while playing for the Brooklyn Robins in 1931.

"Eighty-one years?" manager Kirk Gibson asked. "That's all?"

Hill hit a ground-rule double to left field off Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf in the first inning, the 1,000th hit of his career. He singled over Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks in the third. An inning later, he hit a hanging curveball from Wolf out to left field for his 11th home run of the year.