Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/1)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 31
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Game 2: Wednesday, September 1
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Game 3: Thursday, September 2
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Dodgers 1

(77-55, 38-30 away)

Diamondbacks 3

(42-91, 21-46 home)

    9:35 PM ET, September 1, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: B. Webb (6-14)

    L: H. Nomo (3-11)

    S: G. Aquino (10)

    Nomo returns off DL

    PHOENIX (AP) -- As dismal as Arizona's season has been, there have been occasional signs of improvement.

    Shea Hillenbrand hit a two-run double, Brandon Webb pitched six strong innings and the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Wednesday night.

    Shane Nance and Mike Koplove each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and Greg Aquino got his 10th save in 10 tries for the Diamondbacks, who have the worst record in the major leagues, but have won three of five.

    "The whole team is going out there and doing the little things right and being consistent," Hillenbrand said. "And that's what it takes."

    Alex Cintron drove in a run with one of his two doubles, spoiling the return of Los Angeles' Hideo Nomo from the disabled list after a bout with rotator cuff inflammation.

    Nomo (3-11), activated hours before the game, allowed four hits and struck out seven in six innings in his first start since June 30. But he walked five and threw just 65 strikes in 110 pitches to lose his eighth start in a row and 10th in his last 11.

    "I thought Hideo Nomo did a nice job," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "The only thing disappointing about the outing was the couple of walks that really helped to set up the three-run inning."

    Despite Nomo's struggles, the Dodgers still lead the San Francisco Giants by 5½ games in the NL West. The Giants lost 4-1 to Colorado.

    Webb (6-14), who leads the National League in losses, is 2-0 in his last four starts and limited the Dodgers to three hits and three walks, striking out seven.

    The Dodgers' lone run was unearned after the second of two Arizona errors.

    "I think that's the best stuff I've had all year," he said. "My arm felt great, I was throwing a little bit harder and I got ahead of most of the hitters."

    Webb, who has issued 101 walks in 29 starts, said he made a mechanical adjustment to avoid overextending toward his glove side to cut down on the walks. He had a no-hitter through four innings and a shutout through five.

    The Dodgers cut their deficit to 3-1 in the sixth. Webb walked Milton Bradley and allowed a single to Adrian Beltre.

    Shawn Green grounded to Hillenbrand, but the first baseman tried for a double play and the ball hit Beltre in the back for a throwing error -- Arizona's 110th of the season -- and skipped into left field, allowing Bradley to score.

    But Webb regrouped, striking out Hee Seop Choi, Alex Cora and Brent Mayne in succession to end the inning.

    "When he throws strikes he's tough," said Mayne, a Diamondbacks catcher until he was traded to Los Angeles on July 31. "He could throw a fastball every single time, and he'd be tough to hit. He sinks the ball so well, it's just a matter of him being in the strike zone."

    Arizona scored three times in the third after Nomo, who retired the first eight batters, experienced control problems.

    He walked Webb on four pitches, walked Andy Green, gave up Cintron's RBI double and loaded the bases with a free pass to Danny Bautista.

    Hillenbrand then drove in two runs with a blooper that dropped in front of Bradley in left.

    "That's a manager's dream to get the lead early and let your starter work deep," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said.

    Webb survived a ragged fourth without allowing a hit or run, thanks to a runner-interference call against Green.

    Beltre reached first with two out on a throwing error by Tracy at third, and Webb walked Green. Choi grounded to second, and the ball went off Cintron's glove as Beltre raced home.

    But second-base umpire Joe West ruled that Green interfered, giving Cintron an unassisted putout.

    Game notes

    Arizona LF Quinton McCracken pulled his right groin batting in the first inning and left the game. The team said he was day-to-day. ... Webb has allowed only three earned runs during his unbeaten streak. ... Arizona CF Luis Terrero stole two bases. ... The loss snapped the Dodgers' eight-game winning streak against the Diamondbacks.

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