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

4/2/2003

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.

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.