Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 1, 15 innings
PHOENIX (AP)—If Shea Hillenbrand didn’t like his first five at-bats, he surely was pleased with the sixth.
His two-out hit off Dodgers reliever Paul Quantrill (1-2) scored David Dellucci from third base. Dellucci, who struck out as a pinch-hitter in the 10th, opened the inning with a single and moved up Matt Kata’s bunt and Alex Cintron’s grounder.
After an intentional walk to Luis Gonzalez, Hillenbrand—0-for-5 to that point—hit Quantrill’s pitch just inside the left-field line.
“That was the first hit off Quantrill in my career,” Hillenbrand said. “I faced him a number of times when he played in Toronto. It was one of those where you’ve got to get on a pitch, get good focus and good reaction.”
The Dodgers nearly broke the 1-all tie in their half when Arizona reliever Stephen Randolph (5-0) walked Shawn Green and Paul Lo Duca with one out. Randolph got Alex Cora on a groundout and fielded Jeromy Burnitz’s attempted sacrifice bunt to throw Burnitz out at first.
“It’s just not that tough, whether you do it or don’t do it,” Burnitz said. “You just have to bunt it to third base and not the pitcher.”
Kata homered in the fourth off Dodgers starter Odalis Perez for Arizona’s first run.
Burnitz homered off Randy Johnson in the second, the only glitch in Johnson’s eight impressive innings in his first home start since April 11.
Two innings later, Gonzalez hit a two-out double—tying Green and Todd Helton for the major league lead with 36. But he was stranded again when Hillenbrand grounded out weakly to second.
The Dodgers showed even less punch late in the game.
But Randolph broke the spell by walking Green and Lo Duca after getting one out in the 15th.
“There’s not much to say,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “As far as offensively, if you play 15 innings and get three hits your opportunities are limited.”
Green hit a pitch to the warning track in center off Mantei in the 12th, but Finley ran it down. In the 13th, Hillenbrand dived to his right to stop Burnitz’s hard grounder, then threw him out.
In his second start since surgery on his right knee May 1, Johnson allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out six.
But he left with a 1-1 tie because of Burnitz’s homer. Johnson also gave up a solo shot to San Diego’s Lou Merloni on Sunday, when his return after 2 1/2 months of rehabilitation was spoiled by a 3-2 loss to the Padres.
Johnson had two outs and a 2-2 count on Burnitz before leaving a pitch over the plate. The left-handed slugger powered it into the swimming-pool enclosure in right-center for his 22nd homer, the third since the Dodgers acquired him July 14 in a trade with the New York Mets.
“He threw some fastballs 97 mph,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “He threw 96 a few times. He looked real solid out there.”
Kata homered to lead off the fourth, ending a string of 58 innings since the last Arizona homer, by Hillenbrand against Jay Witasick at San Diego on July 18.
Perez, who yielded five hits and one run and struck out seven in eight innings, pitched out of other jams in the fifth and sixth.
Spivey led off the fifth with a triple, but was stranded when the next two batters hit harmless grounders and Perez struck out Johnson.
In the sixth, Perez walked Kata and yielded a single to Cintron before Gonzalez hit into a 4-6-3 double play and Hillenbrand grounded out.
Cintron had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. … Rickey Henderson drew a walk in the third inning, the major league-record 2,180th of his career. … The Diamondbacks activated RHP Bret Prinz from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Tucson. That left only RHP Mike Koplove (rightshoulder) on the team’s DL, and he’s resumed a throwing program.