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  Tuesday, Sep. 12 9:35pm ET
Hansen's historic HR not enough for L.A.
 
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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks caught a couple of breaks they needed and avoided one they didn't.

Steve Finley
Arizona's Steve Finley was plunked on the left hand by Dodgers pitcher Onan Masaoka in the eighth Tuesday. Finley left, but tests found no broken bones.

Pinch-hitter David Dellucci drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out infield single in the eighth inning, and Arizona used two Los Angeles errors to score three unearned runs and beat the Dodgers 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Arizona remained 4 games behind the New York Mets in the wild card race and 8 games behind San Francisco in the NL West.

"Every game has postseason implications," said Arizona starter Curt Schilling, who scattered four hits over six innings before Los Angeles rallied.

Dave Hansen tied the score 4-4 in the seventh with his seventh pinch-hit homer of the season, a three-run drive that broke the previous major league record of six pinch-homers, set by Johnny Frederick with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932.

"He's the greatest," Los Angeles manager Davey Johnson said. "He has been unbelievable. He's not a home run hitter. He's just a line-drive hitter."

Arizona's game-winning rally in the eighth almost proved disastrous to the Diamondbacks' postseason hopes.

Steve Finley was hit on the left hand by Onan Masaoka (1-1) leading off the eighth. Finley jumped out of the batters' box, dropped to his knees and kneeled forward with his head on the ground. He remained in that position for a couple of minutes before gingerly walking off the field.

Preliminary X-rays, however, showed no apparent breaks in Finley's hand.

"Right now we feel like we might have gotten fortunate," Arizona manager Buck Showalter said.

Pinch-runner Matt Mieske replaced Finley, then advanced to second on Danny Bautista's sacrifice and to third on Hanley Frias' flyout to right.

Dellucci followed with a high chopper to shortstop and beat Alex Cora's throw to first, allowing Mieske to score the go-ahead run.

"It feels great to finally contribute," Dellucci said. "The guy threw me a changeup and I put the ball in play in the perfect spot."

Byung-Hyun Kim (6-5) pitched a one-hit eighth and Matt Mantei finished with a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Schilling, who lost four consecutive starts, gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings. He is just 4-5 since Arizona acquired him from Philadelphia in July, and 10-11 overall.

"I pitched just well enough to lose," Schilling said. "I haven't won a game in a while, but we haven't won a game I've started in a while, which is a bigger problem for me."

Dodgers right-hander Luke Prokopec, making his first major league start, gave up four runs -- just one earned -- and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

"He deserved a better fate," Johnson said. "He pitched great, but we didn't give him a lot of help defensively."

Eric Karros put the Dodgers ahead with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but the Diamondbacks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half on a run-scoring error by Cora on Kelly Stinnett's grounder, and Schilling's RBI double.

Arizona made it 4-1 in the fifth on Luis Gonzalez's RBI double and a run-scoring error by second baseman Jeff Branson.

Game notes
Schilling hasn't won since Aug. 18. The no-decision was his first since June 21, a span of 15 starts. ... Gary Sheffield's fourth-inning double was his third in two nights. ... Prokopec hit consecutive batters in the first inning. ... Craig Counsell started in place of Matt Williams at third base for the Diamondbacks even though Williams has seven hits in his last 15 at-bats. Counsell went 1-for-2 with a stolen base. ... Dodgers OF Tom Goodwin beat out a bunt single in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games.
 


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