Lima allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings in a spot start
for Nomo, and the Dodgers got three-run homers from Adrian Beltre
and Juan Encarnacion on Saturday night in a 10-0 victory over the
"I don't want to take the credit, even though I pitched well,"
said Lima, who has been coming out of the bullpen for most of the
first two months of the season.
"They gave me the opportunity to go out there and do my job,"
he said. "I stopped the bleeding. Whatever they want me to do,
I'll do. If they want me to be the bat boy, I'll be the bat boy."
The 11-year veteran right-hander signed a minor league contract
in January with the Dodgers and made the club at the end of spring
training. He struck out seven and walked one in his fourth start.
"He wasn't overpowering. He was just getting outs," Luis
Gonzalez said. "He wasn't falling behind anybody. He was around
the plate and basically just had us hitting weak groundballs and
short flyballs to the outfield. I think Hairston's double was
probably the hardest hit ball all night."
Lima threw 112 pitches and was replaced by Eric Gagne, who put
runners on second and third before in the ninth before striking out
the last three batters and completing the three-hitter. It was the
Dodgers' fourth shutout this season, and the fourth pitched against
Two defensive plays stood out in Lima's gem.
Encarnacion robbed Matt Kata of extra bases leading off the game
with a fully extended diving catch in right field. Brent Mayne was
robbed of a hit up the middle by second baseman Alex Cora, who
backhanded the grounder and made a backhanded flip to shortstop
Cesar Izturis for the throw to first base for the first out in the
"When Encarnacion made that catch, I thought that something
special's going to happen to me tonight," Lima said. "Then, when
Hairston hit the double, I said, `Forget about the no-hitter, now
focus on throwing seven great innings and doing the job."
Hairston took over at second base in the for Kata, who
dislocated his left shoulder in the second inning while diving to
make a play on Cora's single. Kata has appeared at second base in
32 of 36 games since Roberto Alomar's right hand was broken by a
pitch from Milwaukee's Ben Sheets.
"It's part of the game," Kata said. "I only know one way to
play the game, and that's hard. So I guess things like this are
going to happen. Personally, I'm down and upset, especially when
I've started to figure things out at the plate the last couple of
Los Angeles scored its first four runs in the third inning
against Brandon Webb (2-5).
Milton Bradley lined a two-out single just past Webb's head with
two outs, stole second and scored on Green's single. Lo Duca
singled and Beltre followed with a drive to left-center for his
Webb was charged with six runs and eight hits in four-plus
innings, while remaining winless in seven road starts this season.
The right-hander was pulled in the fifth after allowing a single by
Izturis, a walk to Bradley and Green's second RBI single.
Jose Valverde, demoted from the closer's role Friday by manager
Bob Brenly, relieved Webb and gave up an RBI single to Lo Duca. One
out later, Encarnacion wrapped his seventh homer around the
left-field pole to extend the Dodgers' cushion to 9-0.
Bradley left with a sprained left ankle after trying to
break up a double play in the sixth, but manager Jim Tracy said he
might be able to play Sunday. ... The Diamondbacks already had
eight players on the disabled list before Kata's injury. ...
Dodgers LF and leadoff hitter Dave Roberts played for the first
time since reinjuring his right hamstring running out a triple May
4. It was only the 14th time in 67 games this season that Los
Angeles started its regular eight position players (10-4).