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Hillenbrand produces three hits, scores winning run

7/7/2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Good was determined not to let one
horrible throw to second base undo all the fine pitches he threw.

The Arizona Diamondbacks' rookie went six sharp innings Sunday
night, overcoming an error and outdueling Hideo Nomo in a 2-1
victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Normally, Goody's a real good fielder. That was completely out
of character for him," manager Bob Brenly said. "It was good to
see him bow his neck and stop the damage. When something goes
wrong, he doesn't let it bother him. He worries about what he has
to do to get out of the jam."

Trailing 2-0 with one out in the sixth, the Dodgers loaded the
bases with the help of Good's first error of the season. The
right-hander's throw in the dirt on a comebacker by Daryle Ward
wasn't handled cleanly by shortstop Alex Cintron, causing Brenly to
bury his head in his hands on the bench.

"It was just a stupid mistake by me," Good said. "In that
situation, I know to go to second, but I just kind of turned the
wrong way and swung the other way. But when something like that
happens, you've just got to let it go and concentrate on making the
next pitch."

Shawn Green, who led off the sixth with a ground-rule double and
advanced to third on the error, scored when Ron Coomer grounded
into a force at second after a walk to Paul Lo Duca. David Ross,
who grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the
fourth, killed this rally by striking out with the tying run at
third.

Good (4-2) bounced back nicely from his previous outing,
allowing just four hits after surrendering four home runs to the
Colorado Rockies at Coors Field last Tuesday. He struck out six and
walked two in his 10th career start, sending the Dodgers to their
11th loss in 13 games.

"I was able to locate my pitches for the most part and change
speeds," he said. "My curveball had a little more bite, and my
changeup and fastball had a little more movement."

Matt Mantei got three outs for his nine save, matching the total
setup man Jose Valverde had while Mantei was on the disabled list
for a month with tendinitis in his right shoulder.

"It's nice to have both those guys available out of the
bullpen," Brenly said. "This is kind of what we envisioned when
Matty came back -- having two closers down there to finish up the
ballgame. Right now, I like the way it sets up down there."

The Diamondbacks won for the 17th time in 21 games and climbed
within four games of San Francisco in the NL West, while the
Dodgers remain 5{ back.

Shea Hillenbrand, who broke up a no-hit bid by Dodgers' Odalis
Perez with an eighth-inning leadoff single on Saturday, was 3-for-4
with a double and scored Arizona's second run on Lyle Overbay's
sacrifice fly. Hillenbrand is 6-for-6 lifetime against Nomo.

"I can't explain it," Brenly said. "I've seen Nomo carve up
some of the best hitters in this game with regularity. And to see
the way Shea attacked him today was amazing."

Nomo (9-8), coming off his worst outing of the season, worked
with runners on in each of the first five innings and stranded
seven. He got into a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, hitting David
Dellucci after a single by Hillenbrand, and walking Chad Moeller.
But all the Diamondbacks got out of it was a sacrifice fly by
Overbay, which gave them a 2-0 lead.

"He steps it up when guys get on base and really turns it up a
notch," Dodgers catcher Ross said. "We just didn't score enough
runs for him. Obviously I left a small village on base today, so
that hurts a little bit."

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth on a one-out walk to
Coomer, after Green led off with a single and was held at third by
coach Glenn Hoffman on Lo Duca's double into the right-field
corner. But Ross hit into a double play.

What made that missed opportunity even harder for the Dodgers to
swallow was that Matt Kata mishandled Dellucci's perfect relay
throw from right when Green was held at third.

Arizona, coming off its sixth shutout loss of the season and
third against the Dodgers, opened the scoring when Kata singled on
Nomo's first pitch of the game, advanced to third on a single by
Steve Finley and scored on Cintron's groundout.

Nomo allowed two runs, six hits and three walks in seven innings
with seven strikeouts.

Game notes
1B Fred McGriff was put on the 15-day disabled list because
of a strained muscle in his groin area -- just five days after being
activated from the DL. LHP Steve Colyer was recalled from Triple-A
Las Vegas to fill the roster spot. ... Lo Duca, RHP Kevin Brown,
and closer Eric Gagne were selected to the NL All-Star squad. It's
the first time the Dodgers have had at least three players in the
All-Star Game in consecutive seasons since an 11-year stretch from
1973 through 1983. ... Arizona LF Luis Gonzalez was selected to the
All-Star squad for the fourth time in five years. It's the first
time the Diamondbacks have had only one player on the team since
their inaugural 1998 season, when Devon White was chosen.