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Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 3

September 12, 2000

PHOENIX (AP) _ On a night the New York Mets lost, the Arizona Diamondbacks couldn’t take advantage.

Gary Sheffield drove in two runs with two doubles, and emergency starter Eric Gagne allowed one hit in six shutout innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over Arizona 6-3 Monday.

Arizona, which has lost five of seven, remained 4 1/2 games behind the Mets, who lead the wild card race despite losing eight of 10. New York lost to Milwaukee 8-2.

Gagne (2-6), recalled from the minors earlier in the day, started because Ismael Valdes felt numbness in his right hand.

Gagne struck out seven and walked four in his first major league appearance since July 27, winning for the first time in eight starts since June 6.

Terry Adams pitched the seventh, allowing an RBI single to Kelly Stinnett, and Antonio Osuna, Mike Fetters and Jeff Shaw finished the six-hitter.

Los Angeles has won two straight following a five-game losing streak, closing within two games of the Diamondbacks, who dropped 8 1/2 games behind NL West-leading San Francisco.

Armando Reynoso (10-11) allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings.

Sheffield hit an RBI double in the first and Tom Goodwin homered leading off a four-run fifth that included run-scoring doubles by Sheffield and Adrian Beltre around Shawn Green’s RBI single. Arizona manager Buck Showalter had Todd Hundley intentionally walked, bringing up Beltre, who was in a 1-for-10 slide.

Eric Karros’s RBI single made it 6-1 in the ninth. Jason Conti hit a two-run homer in the bottom half, his first major league home run.

Notes: Arizona’s Luis Gonazlez caught a first-inning drive by Hundley against the left-field fence. ... Diamondbacks RF Rob Ryan threw out Karros at third in the seventh trying to stretch a double into a triple. ... Along with Gagne, the Dodgers recalled IF Hiram Bocachica and LHP Jeff Williams from Albuquerque. ... The Diamondbacks are 6-13 since a season-best seven-game winning streak ended on Aug. 21. ... Stinnett, a backup catcher most of the season, made his third consecutive start and fourth in five games.