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Dodgers lose in 10th to D-Backs; Kuroda hit by liner

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PHOENIX -- -A scary injury to pitcher Hiroki Kuroda put a tough loss in perspective for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles was leading by three when Kuroda was hit in the head by a line drive in the sixth inning, and the stunned Dodgers watched the Arizona Diamondbacks rally for a 4-3 victory in 10 innings on Gerardo Parra's bases-loaded single.

Tests revealed Kuroda suffered a concussion but no fractures or internal bleeding. He remained in St. Joseph's Hospital overnight for observation.

"It was just shocking," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "It certainly caught everybody off guard."

The Dodgers have lost six of eight and their NL West lead has dwindled to 4½ games over Colorado -- their smallest edge since they led by four games on May 13. Los Angeles streaked to a 46-24 start but is 23-24 since June 23.

The Dodgers built a 3-0 lead as Kuroda cruised through five innings, allowing only two hits. But pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal lined a 2-2 delivery off the right side of Kuroda's head leading off the sixth.

The 34-year-old Kuroda crumpled to the mound, clutching his head, as the ball deflected into the seats behind first base, then back onto the field. Ryal was awarded a ground-rule double when play resumed.

"It was scary," Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson said. "You always think the worst when you see something like that."

Ryal stopped at first base, then returned to the Arizona dugout while Kuroda was being treated on the mound.

"You get that sick feeling in your stomach," said Ryal, playing in his fifth major league game. "I was just scared. I'm sure everyone else in the stadium, probably even his teammates, have got to be feeling pretty gut-wrenching about it."

Ryal said he sent a message to the Dodgers' clubhouse wishing Kuroda a speedy recovery.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, and I hope he's back on the mound soon," Ryal said.

All eight Dodgers fielders stood on the mound as trainers tended to Kuroda, who was placed on a stretcher and loaded onto a cart.

"One of the first things he asked out there was if anybody caught the ball out there, if it was an out," trainer Stan Conte said.

Kuroda raised both of his arms as the cart rolled off the field.

"Amazingly, things look really pretty good," Conte said. "The fact that he didn't lose consciousness is a very good sign."

Conte said the club decided to keep Kuroda at the hospital as a precaution.

"We worry about, even though there's no bleeding now, that there could be in the next 12, 14 hours," Conte said. "That's why we want to keep him at the hospital. The first 12-to-24 hours is important. The doctors feel very, very good."

James McDonald relieved Kuroda and gave up a single to Stephen Drew and a sacrifice fly to Trent Oeltjen to cut the Dodgers' lead to 3-1.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the ninth against Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. Mark Reynolds hit a 431-foot shot off the center-field batter's eye, his 37th, with one out. Three pitches later, Miguel Montero homered into the pool area in right-center field, handing Broxton his fifth blown save in 30 chances.

Augie Ojeda led off the 10th with a single off Ramon Troncoso (4-2) and moved up on a sacrifice by pinch-hitter Dan Haren, who pitched Friday night. Troncoso walked Drew intentionally and Oeltjen unintentionally to load the bases for Parra, who lined the first pitch to the warning track in center field.

"That was a lot of fun," manager A.J. Hinch said. "It was a test of resiliency in playing 27 outs. I think our guys stuck to it to the end."

Chad Qualls (2-1) pitched the 10th for Arizona, which has won consecutive home series for the first time this season.

Notes

  • The Dodgers plan to give RHP Charlie Haeger his second major league start on Monday, in the opener of a seven-game homestand. RHP Chad Billingsley, who missed his last start with a hamstring injury, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday.
  • Arizona OF Eric Byrnes, out since June 26 with a fractured left hand, will open a rehab stint at Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
 
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Hiroki Kuroda is carted off the field after being struck in the head by a line drive in the sixth.  (AP)
Hiroki Kuroda is carted off the field after being struck in the head by a line drive in the sixth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

H. Kuroda
IP 5.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5120001 .262
Andre Ethier, RF4020010 .275
Manny Ramirez, LF5010013 .320
Matt Kemp, CF3100214 .310
Casey Blake, 3B4110124 .284
Mark Loretta, 1B3001102 .229
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000102 .291
Brad Ausmus, C4021001 .320
Hiroki Kuroda, P3000003 .100
    James McDonald, P0000000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Pierre, PH1010000 .320
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    James Loney, 1B0000000 .278
Totals3539255  
a-singled for Sherrill in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (19, Davis)
3B - Casey Blake (5, Davis)
SF - Mark Loretta (1)
RBI - Mark Loretta (22), Brad Ausmus (8)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Ausmus (5)
SB - Matt Kemp 2 (25, 2nd base off Qualls/Montero, 3rd base off Qualls/Montero)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda 5311010 4.08
James McDonald (H,3) 1100010 4.23
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,7) 1100020 4.05
George Sherrill (H,4) 1000010 1.99
Jonathan Broxton (BS,5) 1222022 3.25
Ramon Troncoso (L,4-2) 0.1211200 2.77
IBB - Drew by Ramon Troncoso
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 72-50, James McDonald 17-9, Hong-Chih Kuo 15-12, George Sherrill 7-5, Jonathan Broxton 18-13, Ramon Troncoso 13-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-6, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-0, George Sherrill 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-0, Ramon Troncoso 1-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 18, James McDonald 4, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, George Sherrill 3, Jonathan Broxton 5, Ramon Troncoso 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4010101 .262
Trent Oeltjen, LF3001110 .361
Gerardo Parra, CF5011011 .296
Mark Reynolds, 3B4111021 .285
Miguel Montero, C4131000 .297
Chad Tracy, 1B4000022 .232
Alex Romero, RF4010012 .295
Augie Ojeda, 2B4110003 .242
Doug Davis, P0000000 .159
   a- Rusty Ryal, PH1110000 .625
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Roberts, PH1000000 .272
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   c- Dan Haren, PH0000000 .241
Totals3449427  
a-doubled for Davis in the 6th
b-grounded out for Gutierrez in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Qualls in the 10th
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (23, Kuroda), Rusty Ryal (4, Kuroda)
HR - Mark Reynolds (37, Broxton), Miguel Montero (12, Broxton)
SF - Trent Oeltjen (1)
SH - Doug Davis (4), Dan Haren (6)
RBI - Trent Oeltjen (4), Gerardo Parra (44), Mark Reynolds (81), Miguel Montero (41)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Drew-Ojeda-Tracy, Drew-Ojeda-Tracy, Drew-Ojeda-Tracy
E - Doug Davis (4, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis 6632420 3.59
Esmerling Vasquez 1200010 3.63
Juan Gutierrez 1000000 4.42
Clay Zavada 1100010 2.97
Chad Qualls (W,2-1) 1000110 3.51
HBP - Ethier (by Doug Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 111-64, Esmerling Vasquez 16-10, Juan Gutierrez 12-8, Clay Zavada 13-9, Chad Qualls 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 8-6, Esmerling Vasquez 1-1, Juan Gutierrez 1-2, Clay Zavada 1-0, Chad Qualls 2-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 27, Esmerling Vasquez 5, Juan Gutierrez 3, Clay Zavada 3, Chad Qualls 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42058
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Jerry Layne