Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Los Angeles leads 1-0 (as of 7/1)

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 4

(51-31, 24-16 away)

Diamondbacks 0

(48-33, 25-15 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 1, 2002

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: H. Nomo (9-5)

    L: R. Johnson (12-3)

    S: E. Gagne (30)

    Nomo wins seventh straight, hits go-ahead double

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Hideo Nomo said getting a hit off Randy Johnson was unbelievable. Beating him felt even better.

    Hideo Nomo

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo beat Randy Johnson and got a double off him.

    Nomo doubled in the go-ahead run for the second time in as many outings and threw eight scoreless innings Monday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 to extend their NL West lead to 2 1/2 games.

    "I think that's the best game he's pitched so far,'' said the Dodgers' Eric Gagne, who earned his 30th save in record time. "He threw a great ball game, and that double was unbelievable. He was a little righty Ichiro right there.''

    Paul Lo Duca, left off the NL All-Star roster by Arizona manager Bob Brenly, had a double and RBI single.

    "I'm not going to lie to you,'' Lo Duca said. "These three games have a little extra incentive for me, and the rest of the games against the Diamondbacks will.''

    All four Dodgers runs came with two outs.

    "You've got to put them away with two outs, but I think it was just a clear case of getting outpitched,'' Johnson said. "You want to give credit where credit's due. He pitched extremely well. I think that's the story.''

    Nomo (9-5) gave up five hits in eight innings to improve to 7-0 in nine starts since May 12.

    "When you're facing a guy like Randy Johnson, you need a step-up performance,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "What a step-up performance that was by Hideo Nomo. If you look at this guy's career, he thrives in games like this.''

    Nomo struck out seven and walked none in the opener of the Dodgers' three-game series against the World Series champions.

    "Randy Johnson is a great pitcher. Just to be in the same game is a fun thing to do,'' Nomo said.

    Gagne earned his 30th save in 31 chances. He relieved in the ninth after the first two runners reached against Paul Quantrill, and was successful in his 20th straight save try.

    Gagne's 30th save came in the Dodgers' 82nd game. The previous mark was 83 games by Bobby Thigpen with the Chicago White Sox in 1990 and Lee Smith with St. Louis in 1993.

    Right fielder Brian Jordan preserved the combined shutout by catching Damian Miller's drive at the wall with runners on second and third to end the game.

    Johnson (12-3), who had won his last three outings, allowed four runs -- three earned -- on a season-high nine hits. He struck out six and walked none.

    Nomo's two-out double off the left-field wall on a 3-2 pitch scored Adrian Beltre from first to break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning.

    "It was an accident,'' Nomo said. "I was very surprised.''

    Nomo scored a moment later on a double by Cesar Izturis.

    Nomo has just two hits in 25 at-bats this season, both doubles.

    "You never expect the pitcher to get a base hit, especially against a guy like Randy Johnson, and especially after the swing he put on the pitch before that,'' Brenly said. "It just goes to prove anybody with a bat in his hand at this level is dangerous, even Hideo Nomo.''

    When the Dodgers' fifth ended, Johnson flung a water bottle in disgust in the dugout, then disappeared briefly into the clubhouse tunnel, where a punching bag hangs for players to take out their frustrations.

    Los Angeles made it 3-0 in the sixth when Lo Duca led off with a double, then scored on Marquis Grissom's two-out single.

    Two Arizona errors with two outs led to an unearned run in the seventh. Hiram Bocachica reached on third baseman Craig Counsell's throwing error, then Johnson threw a pickoff attempt into the Los Angeles dugout, advancing the runner to third. Lo Duca's single up the middle made it 4-0.

    Arizona had runners on third with one out in the second and fourth innings, and failed to score.

    Greg Colbrunn led off the second with a double and advanced to third on Steve Finley's groundout. But Miller popped out and Quinton McCracken grounded out to end the inning.

    Junior Spivey led off the fourth with a single, extending his hitting streak to 16 games, and went to second when Luis Gonzalez grounded out. Colbrunn's infield single put runners at first and third, but Finley hit into a double play.

    Game notes


    Arizona played the first of 23 consecutive games against NL West opponents. ... The Diamondbacks are 48-33 at the halfway mark, two games worse than their record a year ago. ... Shawn Green and Mark Grudzielanek were out of the Dodgers' lineup, both because of collisions with teammates while chasing fly balls. Green jammed his left thumb when he ran into Dave Roberts on Saturday night; Grudzielanek had a concussion from his run-in with Jordan on Sunday. ... Los Angeles leads the season series 4-3. ... Arizona's Mark Grace broke a toe when he stubbed it on a couch leg in the visitor's clubhouse in Cleveland Sunday, but said he will wear a splint and still be able to play.

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