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Dodgers lose game, Cora
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 6      3   Final
08/27/2002 02:34 am ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
 D-Backs 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 11 0
 Dodgers 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
Dodgers lose game, Cora
Alex Cora is knocked unconscious
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com

Dodger trainers attend to Alex Cora, who was taken off the field by ambulance after suffering a concussion. (Jill Weisleder/Dodgers)

BOXSCORE
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
WomackSS 7000015.267
McCrackenRF 5010000.320
Spivey2B 4110111.317
GonzalezLF 4210223.291
Colbrunn1B 3122000.317
b-DurazoPH-1B 3110013.280
Williams3B 4011223.256
FinleyCF 6120004.278
MillerC 2000110.256
c-GracePH 1000011.239
MoellerC 1011100.237
SchillingP 2000012.200
a-BellPH 1000000.176
KoploveP 0000000.000
d-DellucciPH 1011000.234
FettersP 0000000.000
e-CintronPH 1000011.260
KimP 1000003.500
Totals46611571126
a-Grounded out for Schilling in the 7th. b-Struck out for Colbrunn in the 8th. c-Struck out for Miller in the 9th. d-Doubled for Koplove in the 9th. e-Struck out for Fetters in the 11th.
BATTING
2B: Colbrunn (11, Daal), Dellucci (7, Gagne).
HR: Colbrunn (8, 6th inning off Daal, 1 on, 2 out).
RBI: Colbrunn 2 (22), Dellucci (24), Williams (18), Moeller (10).
2-out RBI: Colbrunn 2, Dellucci.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schilling, Womack 3, Williams.
GIDP: Gonzalez.
Team LOB: 13.
BASERUNNING
SB: Williams (2, 2nd base off Daal/Lo Duca).
FIELDING
DP: (Koplove-Womack-Colbrunn).
Los Angeles Dodgers
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
RobertsCF 5120114.288
GrissomLF 6000055.284
GreenRF 4000211.281
Lo DucaC 5001012.282
Beltre3B 5020030.265
Karros1B 4110114.278
Grudzielanek2B 5010012.275
CoraSS 3132100.307
IzturisSS 1000000.232
DaalP 1000000.129
a-HansenPH 1000012.297
OroscoP 0000000.000
QuantrillP 0000000.000
GagneP 0000000.000
b-CabreraPH 0000000.120
c-HoustonPH 1000000.289
MotaP 1000010.000
Totals4239351520
a-Struck out for Daal in the 6th. b-Batted for Gagne in the 9th. c-Grounded out for Cabrera in the 9th.
BATTING
3B: Roberts (7, Schilling).
HR: Cora (3, 4th inning off Schilling, 1 on, 1 out).
RBI: Lo Duca (53), Cora 2 (21).
S: Daal.
SF: Lo Duca.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Karros 2, Grissom 2, Roberts 2, Lo Duca.
GIDP: Lo Duca.
Team LOB: 10.
BASERUNNING
SB: Cora (5, 2nd base off Schilling/Miller).
CS: Cora (2, 2nd base by Fetters/Moeller).
FIELDING
E: Grudzielanek (7, throw).
PB: Lo Duca (1).
Outfield assists: Grissom (Williams at home).
DP: (Karros-Cora).
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Schilling 6.07333712.73
Koplove 2.00001301.94
Fetters 2.01001302.70
Kim (W, 7-2) 2.01000202.12
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daal 6.05224313.62
Orosco (H, 14) 1.00000203.09
Quantrill (H, 29) 0.11000002.91
Gagne (BS, 4) 1.22110402.00
Mota (L, 1-2) 3.03323204.40
WP: Fetters.
IBB: Miller (by Daal), Gonzalez (by Mota).
HBP: McCracken (by Mota), Spivey (by Mota).
Pitches-strikes: Schilling 94-61, Koplove 20-16, Fetters 34-21, Kim 33-21, Daal 97-52, Orosco 15-8, Quantrill 7-3, Gagne 33-22, Mota 80-45.
Ground outs-fly outs: Schilling 6-5, Koplove 3-0, Fetters 3-0, Kim 3-1, Daal 8-6, Orosco 1-0, Quantrill 1-0, Gagne 0-1, Mota 1-6.
Batters faced: Schilling 28, Koplove 6, Fetters 8, Kim 7, Daal 25, Orosco 3, Quantrill 2, Gagne 7, Mota 18.
Umpires: HP: Terry Craft. 1B: Bill Milller. 2B: Fieldin Culbreth. 3B: Bill Hohn.
Weather: 70 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to LF.
T: 4:23.
Att: 33,708.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner

LOS ANGELES -- After watching in horror as Alex Cora was taken from the field in an ambulance moments after Eric Gagne had blown a save, the Dodgers were literally outlasted by the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night in 12 innings, 6-3.

Cora suffered a concussion and was hospitalized for observation after he collided with Arizona shortstop Tony Womack while being thrown out attempting to steal second base in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cora had just walked in the midst of a perfect game at the plate, including a two-run homer off Curt Schilling and a pair of singles.

With pinch-hitter Jolbert Cabrera bunting through a Mike Fetters pitch, Cora took off for second. As he dived head-first toward the base, his forehead struck Womack's right knee. Cora initially reached for his head, then lay motionless on his stomach, his face in the dirt.

After being tended to by medical personnel, his head was immobilized and he was turned over onto a stabilization board, then lifted onto a gurney and placed in an ambulance. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Cora's distraught wife, Nildamarie, made her way onto the field and was intercepted by disabled reliever Giovanni Carrara, who restrained her attempts to reach the ambulance and escorted her into the Dodger clubhouse.

Initial reports from team trainers had Cora suffering a concussion. He lost consciousness momentarily, but could move his feet and hands and was aware of his surroundings.

Womack walked off his injury and remained in the game, which resumed after a 12-minute delay.

Three innings later, the Diamondbacks scored three runs in the third inning of work by Guillermo Mota, promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day. Mota (1-2), who had never pitched longer than three innings in a Major League appearance, hit the wall in an 80-pitch marathon. Nonetheless, he finished the 12th, while Kazuhisa Ishii, who left Sunday's start after one inning, was warming up in the bullpen.

The Diamondbacks broke a 3-3 with Matt Williams' bases-loaded single, then Mark Grudzielanek bounced a throw past Paul Lo Duca for an error that allowed a second run and Chad Moeller singled in another. Byung-Hyun Kim got the win for Arizona.

It was a bitter loss in many ways for the Dodgers, who were one strike away from ending their nine-decision losing streak against Curt Schilling when Gagne, asked to get five outs, couldn't.

With two outs in the ninth and a 3-2 count, pinch-hitter David Dellucci drove a fastball into the left-center gap for a double that scored Steve Finley, who had singled.

Gagne made 33 pitches in his fourth blown save, but it was his second blown save in the Dodgers' last two games against Arizona. His July 3 blown save in Phoenix sent the Dodgers into a 4-13 tailspin.

Gagne was trying to protect a 3-2 lead and what would have been a win for former Diamondback pitcher Omar Daal.

The Dodgers scored a run off Schilling in the first inning on Dave Roberts' triple and a sacrifice fly by Paul Lo Duca. Cora added a two-run homer off Schilling in the fourth inning, the third home run of the year for Cora, who had struck out seven of the 12 times he faced Schilling going into the game.

But Arizona got close on Greg Colbrunn's two-out, two-run homer in the sixth, then had the tying run thrown out at the plate when Marquis Grissom gunned down Williams trying to score from second on a two-out single by Finley.

Ken Gurnick covers the Dodgers for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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