Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 4
PHOENIX (AP)—Steve Finley was looking for a sinkerball, and knew what to do when he saw it.
“He’s got a great (sinker), too,” Finley said. “That’s why his ERA is (1.78). I’ve had good success off of him, but I don’t try to do too much. I got a sinker that was out over the plate. A lot of times you ground that ball to second base. I just got it elevated.”
Finley, who improved to 8-for-10 lifetime against Quantrill (1-5), entered as a pinch-hitter after Shea Hillenbrand cut Arizona’s deficit to 4-2 with a two-run shot into the bullpen off reliever Tom Martin. Martin also allowed a single to Lyle Overbay and hit Danny Bautista before he was removed.
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said he chose Quantrill over record-setting closer Eric Gagne because the tying run was on base.
“The suggestion is there that he’s completely invincible, and there’s a ninth inning that still has to be played, and they’re one gapper away from tying the game,” Tracy said. “You get into a tie situation, and you have no one to save the game.”
Finley, hitless in his last eight at-bats, drove a 1-0 pitch into the swimming pool pavilion in right-center, and Matt Mantei worked a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances as the Diamondbacks snapped a five-game home losing skid and ended the Dodgers’ five-game win streak.
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Fins, coming off the bench and coming through with a huge hit like that,” Hillenbrand said. “When you play every day, you’re not used to coming in and pinch-hitting and feeling comfortable.”
The Dodgers dropped three games behind Florida in the NL wild-card race.
“I cost us the game,” Quantrill said. “A big game.”
Arizona’s Oscar Villarreal (8-7) got the win by working the eighth inning— tying the NL record for appearance by a rookie at 79.
Kazuhisa Ishii pitched one-hit ball for six innings for the Dodgers, allowing three walks and striking out six.
He also hit a leadoff triple in the fifth, snapping an 0-for-45 streak (0-for-24 this year), and scored.
It wasn’t easy for Los Angeles after the Japanese left-hander left the game.
In the eighth, Hillenbrand broke up the shutout with a two-run homer off Martin, who got the first two outs and then allowed two hits and a walk before Quantrill entered.
Webb gave up six hits and one walk and hit a batter in seven innings.
Los Angeles had its second three-run inning in as many nights against the Diamondbacks in the second.
Cora bunted, bringing Beltre home from third, and first base umpire Ted Barrett called Cora safe at first. But Cora thought he was out, turned toward the dugout, and Barrett called him out.
Second baseman Junior Spivey, whose failure to touch first resulted in the confusion, chased Cora and tagged him, allowing Cabrera to score from second.
“I just kind of walked it in after that,” Webb said. “I didn’t want to give up too many more, just try to keep us in the ballgame.”
In the fifth, Ishii led off with a triple into right-center gap and scoredon Paul Lo Duca’s groundout for a 4-0 lead.
Dodgers CF Dave Roberts missed his sixth straight start because of neck pain. He said afterward he had X-rays and there is no spinal damage. “It’s going to be a couple more days,” Roberts said. … Ishii’s triple was the first by a Dodgers pitcher since Eric Gagne’s one Aug. 21, 2001, at Florida. … Tim Burke of Montreal (1985) and Houston’s Ricky Stone (2002) share the NL rookie appearance record. Villarreal also moved past Byung-Hyun Kim for the club record by a reliever. … Quantrill made his 79th appearance, tying Villarreal for the league lead. … LHP Chris Capuano will start Thursday forArizona in place of RHP Curt Schilling, who has been having neck spasms.