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Arizona 5, Los Angeles 4

9/11/2003

PHOENIX (AP) -- Steve Finley was looking for a sinkerball, and
knew what to do when he saw it.

Finley's three-run homer off Paul Quantrill capped a five-run
rally in the eighth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los
Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Wednesday night.

"He's got a great (sinker), too," Finley said. "That's why
his ERA is (1.78). I've had good success off of him, but I don't
try to do too much. I got a sinker that was out over the plate. A
lot of times you ground that ball to second base. I just got it
elevated."

Finley, who improved to 8-for-10 lifetime against Quantrill
(1-5), entered as a pinch-hitter after Shea Hillenbrand cut
Arizona's deficit to 4-2 with a two-run shot into the bullpen off
reliever Tom Martin. Martin also allowed a single to Lyle Overbay
and hit Danny Bautista before he was removed.

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said he chose Quantrill over
record-setting closer Eric Gagne because the tying run was on base.

"The suggestion is there that he's completely invincible, and
there's a ninth inning that still has to be played, and they're one
gapper away from tying the game," Tracy said. "You get into a tie
situation, and you have no one to save the game."

Finley, hitless in his last eight at-bats, drove a 1-0 pitch
into the swimming pool pavilion in right-center, and Matt Mantei
worked a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances as the
Diamondbacks snapped a five-game home losing skid and ended the
Dodgers' five-game win streak.

"You've got to give a lot of credit to Fins, coming off the
bench and coming through with a huge hit like that," Hillenbrand
said. "When you play every day, you're not used to coming in and
pinch-hitting and feeling comfortable."

The Dodgers dropped three games behind Florida in the NL
wild-card race.

"I cost us the game," Quantrill said. "A big game."

Arizona's Oscar Villarreal (8-7) got the win by working the
eighth inning -- tying the NL record for appearance by a rookie at
79.

Kazuhisa Ishii pitched one-hit ball for six innings for the
Dodgers, allowing three walks and striking out six.

He also hit a leadoff triple in the fifth, snapping an 0-for-45
streak (0-for-24 this year), and scored.

It wasn't easy for Los Angeles after the Japanese left-hander
left the game.

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with two out against Guillermo
Mota in their seventh, but Mota fielded Alex Cintron's sharp
grounder to the mound and threw him out.

In the eighth, Hillenbrand broke up the shutout with a two-run
homer off Martin, who got the first two outs and then allowed two
hits and a walk before Quantrill entered.

The Dodgers played small ball against sinkerball specialist
Brandon Webb, scoring on Jolbert Cabrera's RBI double, a sacrifice,
a fielder's choice and a groundout.

Webb gave up six hits and one walk and hit a batter in seven
innings.

Los Angeles had its second three-run inning in as many nights
against the Diamondbacks in the second.

Fred McGriff and Adrian Beltre led off with singles. After a
flyout, Cabrera doubled, and the Dodgers added two more on a
bizarre play at first.

Cora bunted, bringing Beltre home from third, and first base
umpire Ted Barrett called Cora safe at first. But Cora thought he
was out, turned toward the dugout, and Barrett called him out.

Second baseman Junior Spivey, whose failure to touch first
resulted in the confusion, chased Cora and tagged him, allowing
Cabrera to score from second.

"I just kind of walked it in after that," Webb said. "I
didn't want to give up too many more, just try to keep us in the
ballgame."

In the fifth, Ishii led off with a triple into right-center gap
and scored on Paul Lo Duca's groundout for a 4-0 lead.

Game notes
Dodgers CF Dave Roberts missed his sixth straight start
because of neck pain. He said afterward he had X-rays and there is
no spinal damage. "It's going to be a couple more days," Roberts
said. ... Ishii's triple was the first by a Dodgers pitcher since
Eric Gagne's one Aug. 21, 2001, at Florida. ... Tim Burke of
Montreal (1985) and Houston's Ricky Stone (2002) share the NL
rookie appearance record. Villarreal also moved past Byung-Hyun Kim
for the club record by a reliever. ... Quantrill made his 79th
appearance, tying Villarreal for the league lead. ... LHP Chris
Capuano will start Thursday for Arizona in place of RHP Curt
Schilling, who has been having neck spasms.