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Gonzalez injured in blowout loss
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 13      1   Final
09/23/2002 9:20 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 D-Backs 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
 Cardinals 0 0 0 1 2 0 10 0 X 13 18 1
Gonzalez injured in blowout loss
By Rich Draper /

ST. LOUIS -- The news keeps getting worse for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The D-Backs not only dropped their fourth-straight game, 13-1, to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium, keeping them one victory away from clinching a playoff berth. Arizona also lost left-fielder Luis Gonzalez to a separated left shoulder.

Gonzalez was injured when he, third baseman Alex Cintron and shortstop Tony Womack chased a Tino Martinez pop fly and collided in the fourth inning, with Womack's knee apparently slamming into Gonzo's shoulder.

Womack was also shaken up but continued to play.

Gonzalez, who walked off the field wincing at the pain and keeping his left arm still, will be re-evaluated by team doctors Tuesday morning. The injury could range from a mild sprain of the AC ligament or partial or complete tear of the main ligaments connecting the collarbone to the shoulder blade.

This has been a painful road trip for the D-Backs. Two days earlier, starting pitcher Brian Anderson broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot and is probably lost for the postseason.

Arizona's magic number remains at three to capture the NL West flag.

Losing pitcher Rick Helling (9-12), who is pitching for a place in the postseason pitching rotation, had only a so-so outing.

The right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings. Helling has won only one game and lost four with three no-decisions in his last eight starts.

The winning pitcher was Cardinal starter Jamey Wright (7-13), who went five innings, yielding only a first-inning homer to Junior Spivey.

Leading only 3-1 entering the seventh, the Cards put the game away with 10 runs off relievers Mike Koplove and Greg Swindell.

St. Louis, pounded out 18 hits, scored once in the fourth on Martinez's double and Edgar Renteria's RBI single. The Cardinals took a 3-1 lead in the fifth, as Fernando Vina single, went to third on Eli Marrero's blast off the right-field wall and scored on Jim Edmonds' double.

A Martinez sac fly brought home Marrero.

Rich Draper is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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St Louis Cardinals 13, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
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GonzalezLF 2000012.288
McCrackenRF 2010002.316
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MillerC 3000002.252
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DellucciRF-LF 3000022.249
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a-CintronPH-3B 3000004.213
HellingP 1000101.045
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a-Grounded out for Donnels in the 4th. b-Struck out for Finley in the 8th. c-Walked for Dellucci in the 8th. d-Popped out for Mantei in the 9th.
HR: Spivey (14, 1st inning off Wright, 0 on, 1 out).
RBI: Spivey (74).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cintron 2, McCracken, Durazo.
GIDP: Spivey.
Team LOB: 11.
E: Durazo (7, fielding), McCracken (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Finley (Marrero at 3rd base).
St Louis Cardinals
Vina2B 5111010.270
e-DiFelicePH-C 0000100.230
MarreroLF-RF 6243002.265
EdmondsCF 2110112.313
a-TaguchiPH-CF 1211100.462
Pujols3B 5232001.315
KlineP 0000000.000
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MolinaP 0000000.000
Martinez1B 3110102.265
c-PerezPH-1B-3B 1011000.208
DrewRF 2001011.253
FasseroP 0000000.333
b-CairoPH-3B-2B 2111011.259
RenteriaSS 4122012.310
DelgadoSS 1000000.167
MathenyC 3111100.245
d-CruzPH-1B 1010000.400
WrightP 2000022.132
RobinsonLF 3110021.260
a-Walked for Edmonds in the 7th. b-Singled for Fassero in the 7th. c-Singled for Martinez in the 7th. d-Singled for Matheny in the 8th. e-Walked for Vina in the 8th.
2B: Marrero 2 (19, Helling, Swindell), Martinez (25, Helling), Pujols 2 (39, Helling, Swindell).
RBI: Renteria 2 (78), Pujols 2 (126), Drew (50), Cairo (22), Matheny (34), Vina (53), Marrero 3 (64), Taguchi (2), Perez (26).
2-out RBI: Renteria 2, Cairo, Matheny, Vina, Marrero 3, Taguchi, Pujols, Perez.
SF: Drew.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Edmonds, Wright, Renteria 2, Marrero.
Team LOB: 10.
E: Renteria (19, throw).
DP: (Pujols-Martinez).
Arizona Diamondbacks
Helling (L, 9-12) 5.07333604.51
Koplove 1.24551103.00
Swindell 0.06550006.27
Mantei 1.11001204.38
St Louis Cardinals
Wright (W, 7-13) 5.03115315.29
Fassero (H, 12) 2.02000305.37
Kline 0.01000003.64
Crudale 1.00001201.95
Molina 1.00001001.59
Kline pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Swindell pitched to 6 batters in the 7th.

WP: Koplove.
IBB: Matheny (by Helling), Martinez (by Helling).
Pitches-strikes: Helling 90-55, Koplove 38-25, Swindell 18-12, Mantei 27-16, Wright 85-44, Fassero 24-19, Kline 5-4, Crudale 15-9, Molina 10-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Helling 2-6, Koplove 3-1, Swindell 0-0, Mantei 1-1, Wright 9-3, Fassero 2-1, Kline 0-0, Crudale 0-1, Molina 0-3.
Batters faced: Helling 25, Koplove 10, Swindell 6, Mantei 6, Wright 22, Fassero 8, Kline 1, Crudale 4, Molina 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Swindell 2-2, Mantei 1-0, Crudale 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Andrew Fletcher. 1B: Derryl Cousins. 2B: Marty Foster. 3B: Joe Brinkman.
Weather: 71 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:16.
Att: 30,568.

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