Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Dodgers 19, Diamondbacks 1

AP Sports Writer

D'Backs first baseman Mark Grace takes the mound in the ninth inning, grins at the Dodgers' dugout...
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...and pours it plateward.
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        PHOENIX — In a game that got so out of hand that Mark Grace pitched the ninth inning for Arizona, Los Angeles defeated the Diamondbacks 19-1 Sunday night in one of the biggest routs in the Dodgers' 113-year history.

        Shawn Green and Brian Jordan hit consecutive home runs in the second inning to ignite the most one-sided loss ever for the Diamondbacks, eclipsing a 19-2 defeat at Colorado on June 18, 2000.

        The Dodgers pounded out 24 hits, matching the most since they moved to Los Angeles 40 years ago. It was the most hits ever allowed by Arizona.

        It nearly matched the biggest shutout in Dodgers' history — a 19-0 victory over San Diego on June 28, 1969 — but Arizona scored on Rod Barajas' sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. The biggest margin of victory ever for the Dodgers was 20 runs in Brooklyn's 24-4 win over Washington on May 24, 1892.

        The blowout came in the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the NL West and pulled the Dodgers within five games of first-place Arizona.

        Grace, on the mound for the first time in his 14 big league seasons and stifling laughter, didn't top 70 mph as he provided a bit of comic relief. He retired the first two batters before allowing a home run to Dave Ross.

        Odalis Perez held Arizona scoreless for the second time in five days, allowing two hits in six innings.

        Adrian Beltre was 3-for-6 with an RBI triple and a two-run home run. Beltre's home run and Mike Kinkade's solo shot came off reliever Eddie Oropesa in the Dodgers' eight-run seventh inning.

        Perez (13-8) struck out five, walked two and hit a batter. He allowed only an infield single by Tony Womack in the third and a double by Quinton McCracken in the sixth.

        The performance came five days after Perez shut out Arizona on four hits for eight innings and homered off Helling in Los Angeles' 1-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. Perez doubled in two runs in Monday's second-inning outburst.

        Arizona has lost five of six and was shut out for the second time in three games.

        Green and Jordan also had RBI singles. Mark Grudzielanek was 3-for-3, scored twice and had an RBI sacrifice fly. Every Los Angeles starter had a hit by the fifth inning.

        Arizona starter Rick Helling (8-10) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings, the fourth bad outing in a row for Arizona's starters.

        After Green and Jordan homered to begin the second, Dave Hansen and Grudzielanek singled. Perez doubled both runners in then scored on Paul Lo Duca's double.

        Helling, who gave up just four hits in seven innings last Wednesday, left the game after giving up an RBI triple to Adrian Beltre with two outs in the fourth. Green singled off reliever Mike Morgan to bring home Beltre and put the Dodgers up 7-0.

        Notes: Diamondbacks fan Norman Devening, who turned 100 on Sunday, threw out the first pitch. ... Arizona 3B Matt Williams was out of the lineup for the second game in a row with swelling in his left elbow. ... The Dodgers have beaten the Diamondbacks in four of their last five meetings. ... Green has six home runs against Arizona this season. ... The Diamondbacks are 2-5 in the midst of 13 consecutive games against San Francisco and Los Angeles.


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