Sunday, September 22, 2002
Dodgers stay two behind Giants
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO Marquis Grissom hit a two-run single off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the ninth inning to back a brilliant performance by Hideo Nomo and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Diego 5-3 Saturday night to remain two games behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.
The Dodgers won for just the sixth time in 16 games. San Francisco beat Milwaukee 3-1. The Dodgers and Giants each have seven games left.
Nomo (16-6) allowed just four hits and three runs, two earned, in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked none in winning his seventh straight decision over 13 starts and matching his career high for victories. Nomo hasn't lost since July 16 to St. Louis.
Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his 50th save, becoming the eighth player ever to reach that mark.
After Tom Lampkin hit a three-run homer with one out in the second that gave the Padres a 3-1 lead, Nomo retired 18 straight batters until pinch-hitter Ron Gant singled with one out in the eighth.
The Dodgers scored twice off rookie Jake Peavy in the fifth to tie the game, then won it against Hoffman (2-5) in the ninth.
Hoffman allowed consecutive one-out singles, but Adrian Beltre was thrown out at the plate by first baseman Ryan Klesko on Alex Cora's grounder. Mike Kinkade, pinch-hitting for Nomo, was hit on the knee to load the bases before Grissom, filling in for the injured Dave Roberts, singled to left to make it 5-3.
Grissom finished with three RBIs. Roberts homered leading off the game, his third, then left with a strained muscle in his right ribcage.
The Dodgers rallied from a two-run deficit to tie it at 3 in the fifth off Peavy, who allowed three straight singles opening the inning. After Beltre and Mark Grudzielanek singled, Cora singled in Beltre. Nomo sacrificed the runners to second and third, and Grissom's groundout scored Grudzielanek.
Lampkin, 38, homered over the right-field fence with one out in the second, setting career highs with his 10th homer and 37th RBI. Gene Kingsale reached on a Nomo's fielding error and Brian Buchanan singled.
After Roberts' homer, Peavy retired nine straight batters until Paul Lo Duca singled leading off the fourth.
Peavy allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked one.
Notes: Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said RHP Andy Ashby has a blister on his pitching hand and won't pick up a ball for three days. Ashby (9-13) allowed five runs on six straight hits without getting an out in the third inning in Friday night's 8-4 loss to San Diego. If Ashby can't make his next start, candidates to replace him include Kevin Beirne or Giovanni Carrara.
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