Series: Game 3 of 3

Los Angeles won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 1
Los Angeles 4Final
Arizona 0
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
Los Angeles 8Final
Arizona 0
Game 3: Wednesday, July 3
Los Angeles 3Final
Arizona 5

Dodgers 3

(52-32, 25-17 away)

Diamondbacks 5

(49-34, 26-16 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 3, 2002

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: M. Mantei (1-0)

    L: J. Orosco (1-2)

    S: B. Kim (21)

    Dodgers' Gagne blows second save this year

    PHOENIX (AP) -- To Quinton McCracken, his game-winning at-bat against imposing Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne was a symbol of what the Arizona Diamondbacks need to do to regain the upper hand in their division.

    Quinton McCracken

    McCracken hit a two-run triple in the eighth inning as the Diamondbacks rallied to defeat the Dodgers 5-3 Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

    "I'm battling up there,'' McCracken said. "I got behind right off the bat (0-2), and I'm facing a guy throwing 100 mph, and there's not much room for error. I was lucky to hook a nasty splitter down the line. They have some of the best pitchers in the game, and we had to find a way to get some runs across the plate.''

    The Diamondbacks had only two sacrifice flies in 25 innings in the series until McCracken pulled Gagne's split-finger pitch into the right-field corner, scoring Junior Spivey and pinch-runner Jose Guillen.

    Mark Grace followed with another sacrifice fly before Gagne got out of the inning after blowing only his second save in 32 opportunities.

    Matt Mantei (1-0), Arizona's closer until he had ligament surgery last year, got one out in the eighth for the victory. "Obviously to get a win for myself was nice,'' said Mantei, who had gone 54 appearances since picking up his last win on April 29, 2000, against the Chicago Cubs. "But I think the biggest thing for us tonight was to get a win as a team. To come back against one of the best closers in the game was a great thing for us.''

    Byung-Hyun Kim pitched the ninth for his 21st save as Arizona moved within 2½ games of the Dodgers in the NL West.

    Shawn Green hit his 26th home run off Diamondbacks starter Miguel Batista and Los Angeles starter Andy Ashby drove in a run for the Dodgers, who lost for only the fourth time in 15 games.

    Spivey started Arizona's three-run, eighth-inning with a one-out single off Guillermo Mota to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Jesse Orosco (1-2) came on and walked Greg Colbrunn on five pitches.

    Dodgers manager Jim Tracy then called on Gagne, who leads the majors with 30 saves. But the move didn't work as McCracken gave Arizona the lead.

    "I should have thrown it in the dirt,'' Gagne said. "He just threw the bat out there and made contact. That's what he needed to do, and he did a good job at it. He put the bat on the ball, and stuff like that is going to happen.''

    Ashby worked 5 1/3 mostly effective innings, allowing five hits and two sacrifice flies while walking one.

    Batista allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.

    The Dodgers hit Batista hard from the start, getting an extra-base hit in each of the first three innings.

    Green sent Los Angeles to a 2-0 lead in the first with a 411-foot drive that landed among television crews on an elevated pavilion next to the center-field wall.

    The next inning, Eric Karros doubled and scored on Ashby's clean single to left center.

    "We were in position to sweep them, but you've got to tip your hat,'' Green said. "They battled back against the best pitcher in baseball.''

    The Diamondbacks ended a 23-inning scoreless drought with Rod Barajas' sacrifice fly in their half of the second. McCracken, who walked to start the inning, cut Arizona's deficit to 3-1 when he scored his team's first run since Spivey homered in the fifth inning Sunday against Cleveland.

    Ashby retired the next 10 batters, but experienced trouble in the sixth, when Tony Womack and Craig Counsell singled with none out. Womack, who was 2-for-4 back in his familar leadoff spot, scored on Spivey's sacrifice fly. "You know what? We still know how to play and we still believe in ourselves,'' Womack said.

    Game notes

    Dodgers C Paul Lo Duca made a remarkable grab of McCracken's sixth-inning popup, reaching between two television cameras for the catch only yards from the Arizona dugout. ... Ashby extended the Los Angeles rotation's string of scoreless innings to 19 before the Diamondbacks scored in the second. ... Arizona RHP Todd Stottlemyre had bone chips removed from his right elbow Wednesday and went on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 27. RHP Erik Sabel was recalled from Triple-A Tucson to fill his spot. ... Arizona's Luis Gonzalez kept alive his major league-leading streak of consecutive games played at 410 with a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh, but walked and is in an 0-for-16 slump.

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