Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Arizona leads 2-0 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 16
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Game 2: Wednesday, September 17
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Game 3: Thursday, September 18
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Diamondbacks 2

(79-73, 35-39 away)

Dodgers 0

(80-70, 44-33 home)

10:10 PM ET, September 17, 2003

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: B. Webb (10-7)

L: E. Jackson (1-1)

S: M. Mantei (25)

Arizona 2, Los Angeles 0

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two Arizona rookies -- one on the mound, one behind the plate -- turned in memorable performances that give the Diamondbacks hope for next season.

Rookie Brandon Webb combined with Matt Mantei on a three-hitter, and Luis Gonzalez homered twice as the Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Rookie Robby Hammock caught Webb, who turned in another consistent start in his bid for rookie of the year honors.

"You'd never guess they were two rookies, the way they went about their business," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.

"There were a couple of instances where Brandon kind of lost the strike zone with his sinker, and Robby picked just the right times to call for a breaking ball or a changeup, get his mechanics back in order and then start pounding that sinker in there again."

The Dodgers' second straight loss dropped them 3{ games behind Florida in the NL wild-card race with 12 games remaining. The loss, combined with San Francisco's 8-3 win over San Diego clinched the NL West title for the Giants.

"We have to get busy this weekend against the Giants," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "Our schedule is very, very tough the rest of the way, but we have to find a way to put together yet one more streak this year, which is something that we've been able to do. And our record is indicative of that."

Webb (10-7) struck out five and walked three in eight innings. He retired 14 of his last 15 batters and didn't allow a hit after Jeromy Burnitz had a one-out single in the fourth inning.

"He amazes me every time he goes out there," Hammock said. "The way he's never rattled, nothing gets him. He's got unbelievable stuff."

Webb, a right-hander, started a week ago against the Dodgers in Arizona and had a no-decision. Webb has the second-best road ERA in the NL at 1.75, behind teammate Curt Schilling who has a 1.62 ERA after beating the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

"In the pen warming up, I felt fine. When I hit the game, I didn't really feel sharp at all," Webb said. "Robby goes out and tells me what I'm doing -- I was rushing a little bit and leaving things up and in. He called a great game."

Mantei pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.

Dodgers rookie Edwin Jackson didn't fare as well a week after beating the Diamondbacks 4-1 in his major league debut. The 20-year-old right-hander held Arizona to one run in six innings against ace Randy Johnson on Sept. 9 -- two days after being brought up from Double-A Jacksonville.

Jackson was making a spot start Wednesday in place of left-hander Odalis Perez, scratched because of a broken nail on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Jackson (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked two. He retired 11 consecutive batters before leaving, and made quite an impression on the Diamondbacks.

"The kid is throwing 95-97 mph," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure, knowing the Dodgers, they're going to put him in a glass box as soon as the season's over and open him up after spring training. He just seems a lot more mature."

Although the Dodgers provided no run support, Jackson benefited from strong defense by his teammates.

The Dodgers turned double plays in the second and fourth innings, then shortstop Cesar Izturis made a diving catch of a liner by Alex Cintron to end the sixth.

Gonzalez homered off a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the first for a 1-0 lead. Center fielder Dave Roberts chased the ball to the wall and leaped, but it sailed over his glove and he fell.

"I just want to go out and challenge every hitter," Jackson said. "I didn't want to back down so I went after him and he hit two balls hard."

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, but Burnitz grounded out to end the inning.

"We only had about four or five good swings all night long," Roberts said.

Gonzalez hit a 1-1 pitch from Jackson into the right-field pavilion for his 26th homer, giving Arizona a 2-0 lead in the third. It was Gonzalez's second multihomer game this season and 18th of his career. Seven of those 18 were two-homer efforts.

Game notes


Gonzalez's two homers gave him 100 RBI. ... Any combination of six Florida wins or Arizona losses would keep the Diamondbacks from making the playoffs for just the third time in the franchise's six-year history. ... Gonzalez also had multiple homers at Colorado on June 30.

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