Eric Karros hit a three-run homer with two outs to cap a
five-run eighth inning and the Dodgers won 6-1 Tuesday night.Paul Lo Duca's two-out single with the bases loaded scored two
runs and gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.Lo Duca, who came to the plate with a .136 career batting average against Miguel Batista, hit a grounder to the left of a diving Spivey, scoring Dave Roberts and Shawn Green, who was walked intentionally. Lo Duca punched the air with his right fist upon reaching first."Junior just missed on that diving attempt,'' Arizona manager
Bob Brenly said. "It's just a shame to have it end that way after
as well as he (Batista) pitched. He certainly deserved a lot
better.''Karros followed with his 10th homer on a 1-0 pitch from
ex-Dodger Mike Fetters, increasing the Dodgers' lead to 6-1."The games come down to an opportunity created late in the game,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.Roberts got things going in the eighth when he laid down a bunt
that rolled under Batista's glove, then stole second. Green was
intentionally walked and then Batista hit Adrian Beltre to load the bases."You never get enough runs against these guys. They are always
in the game,'' Roberts said. "I pride myself on stealing bases when everybody in the ballpark knows I'm going.''Batista (7-8) gave up five runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.
He struck out four and walked two. During one stretch, he retired
12 consecutive batters."This is a game of producing,'' Batista said. "It doesn't matter how many inches, you have to cross the plate. Roberts got a perfect bunt and I couldn't reach it. I got Lo Duca to hit it on the ground, which is what I wanted.''Paul Shuey (4-2) came on in the eighth and retired the final six batters for the victory.The Dodgers led 1-0 in the first on Green's groundout that scored Roberts, who singled, stole second and took third on a throwing error by Arizona catcher Chad Moeller.Arizona tied the game in the fifth on Spivey's two-out bloop
single. The ball went over the head of shortstop Cesar Izturis and into center field, scoring Tony Womack, who doubled.Los Angeles' Hideo Nomo got a no-decision, but has now gone 20 starts with just one loss. The right-hander gave up one run on seven hits, tied his season high with 10 strikeouts and walked three.
Roberts stole two bases, giving him 39 for the season, which is second-best in the majors behind Florida's Luis Castillo with 41. ... Batista is 0-3 in four games against the Dodgers this
season. ... Arizona RF David Dellucci, who drove in the tying run in Arizona's 6-3 victory in 12 innings Monday night, went 0-for-4, striking out three times against Nomo. ... Shuey singled to center in the eighth for his first major league hit. "I was excited if you can't tell,'' he said.