Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/1)

Game 1: Monday, March 31
LA Dodgers8Final
Arizona0
Game 2: Tuesday, April 1
LA Dodgers4Final
in 10
Arizona5
Game 3: Wednesday, April 2
LA Dodgers5Final
Arizona0

Dodgers 4

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Diamondbacks 5

(1-1, 1-1 home)

    8:35 PM ET, April 1, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

    12345678910 R H E
    LA 0000000400 4 8 0
    ARI 1210000001 5 9 0

    W: M. Mantei (1-0)

    L: P. Shuey (0-1)

    Spivey's bases-loaded single in 10th sinks Dodgers

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Junior Spivey and Mark Grace came through when it mattered most, making Curt Schilling's eighth-inning breakdown a little easier to take.

    Grace
    Grace

    Spivey
    Spivey

    Spivey's bases-loaded single in the 10th inning gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

    Schilling allowed two hits through seven innings and took a 4-0 lead into the eighth. But he gave up a three-run homer to Dave Roberts, then Shawn Green hit an RBI single off reliever Mike Myers to tie it.

    "I don't blow many of those. I'm upset about it,'' Schilling said. "But it's a win, so it takes a lot of anguish away from screwing that one up.''

    Grace, who entered in a double-switch to start the 10th, doubled on an 0-2 pitch from loser Paul Shuey with one out and was replaced by pinch-runner Quinton McCracken.

    "You saw the first swing. I had no chance,'' Grace said. "Then he paints me away on the next pitch. Now I'm in trouble, but he threw me a breaking ball, and I just flipped it out to right.''

    Tony Womack's grounder went through the legs of first baseman Daryle Ward for an error, and McCracken advanced to third. Shuey walked Steve Finley on four pitches to load the bases.

    Spivey, who was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, lined the game-winning hit over third base to bring home McCracken.

    "The game was on the line right there,'' Spivey said. "We didn't give up. Gracie came off the bench and got a huge base hit. Man, that was a huge win for this ballclub. We needed that.''

    Matt Mantei pitched a scoreless 10th for the victory.

    After Roberts' leadoff triple in the third inning, Schilling retired 14 in a row before Alex Cora led off the eighth with a single. Pinch-hitter Ward drew a one-out walk, then Roberts hit a 1-1 pitch into the right-field seats to cut Arizona's lead to 4-3.

    Paul Lo Duca followed with a double, and the left-handed Myers came on to pitch to Green, who lined a single to right-center to tie it.

    Arizona manager Bob Brenly said Schilling's sudden problems in the eighth caught him off guard.

    "He hit a wall quickly,'' Brenly said. "He kind of lulled me into a false sense of security because he was so good tonight. It just kind of unraveled very quickly. Unfortunately, he doesn't get a victory for this one. He certainly deserved one the way he pitched.''

    Fred McGriff doubled to right and Green raced from second for what would have been the go-ahead run. But rookie first baseman Lyle Overbay took the throw from Danny Bautista and fired a strike to catcher Rod Barajas, who tagged Green out on a close play.

    "Overbay made a perfect throw,'' Green said. "A good arm, too.''

    Manager Jim Tracy refused to fault third base coach Glenn Hoffman for sending Green home, even though there would have been just one out with Brian Jordan coming to the plate had the runner stopped at third. Even with the loss, Tracy was pleased.

    "I can't be more pleased with the effort of this club and what I've seen of this club the first two days,'' he said. "It's easy to see.''

    The Diamondbacks scored four runs in the first three innings off Odalis Perez.

    Arizona, limited to four hits by Hideo Nomo in Monday's 8-0 season-opening loss, scored its first run of the season in the first inning on Spivey's RBI single.

    Barajas drove in two more for Arizona with a double in the second.

    Spivey led off the third with a double, moved to third on Luis Gonzalez's groundout, then scored when Matt Williams grounded out to make it 4-0.

    Baserunning mistakes cost the Diamondbacks two more potential runs. Womack overran third base in the second inning and was caught in a rundown. In the sixth, Bautista was easily thrown out after third base coach Eddie Rodriguez waved him home from second following Lo Duca's throwing error.

    Game notes


    Schilling is 9-0 in his last 13 starts against the Dodgers. ... Arizona placed RHP Bret Prinz on the 15-day disabled list with a torn right groin. He was hurt while pitching in the eighth inning Monday. C Robby Hammock was recalled from Triple-A Tucson to fill the roster spot. ... Cora made two outstanding defensive plays at second in the eighth inning. ... Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo presented Randy Johnson with his fourth consecutive Cy Young Award before the game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES