Gonzo separates shoulder in loss

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- Arizona star Luis Gonzalez separated his left shoulder in an outfield collision and the Diamondbacks again failed to clinch a playoff spot, losing 13-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

There was no immediate word on how long Gonzalez would be sidelined. The left fielder was to be evaluated Tuesday.

Gonzalez is batting .288 with 28 home runs and 103 RBIs. He got the hit that won last year's World Series for the Diamondbacks.

Gonzalez was hurt when he tried to make a diving catch on Tino Martinez's bloop double in the fourth inning. Shortstop Tony Womack's knee hit Gonzalez's shoulder, and Womack cartwheeled over his teammate.

The Cardinals broke open the game by scoring 10 runs in the seventh inning, and sent Arizona to its fourth straight loss. The NL West leaders have a magic number of one for wrapping up a playoff berth, with six games to go.

The Diamondbacks' lead for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs is down to two games over St. Louis, which has won 16 of 19. The NL Central champion Cardinals posted their highest-scoring game of the season in the opener of a three-game series.

Astros 8, Brewers 6

HOUSTON -- Jeff Bagwell hit a two-run single and the Houston Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bagwell needs to drive in three more runs to reach 100 RBIs for the seventh straight season.

Richie Sexson doubled home a run for Milwaukee, giving him 100 RBIs for the third time in his career.

American League

Red Sox 5, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE -- Johnny Damon scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the 15th inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles Monday night to complete a four-game sweep.

The victory enabled the Red Sox to remain alive in the AL wild-card race. One more Boston loss or Anaheim win will eliminate the Red Sox from playoff contention.

Devil Rays 3, Yankees 2

NEW YORK -- Aubrey Huff had the eighth and final hit off Orlando Hernandez, an RBI single that broke a fifth-inning tie and led the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the New York Yankees.

New York (98-58) missed an opportunity to move into a tie with Oakland (99-57) for the AL's best record.

Victor Zambrano (7-8) outdueled Hernandez (8-5), who retired 12 straight batters after Huff's hit.

Zambrano allowed six hits and a pair of unearned runs, getting into trouble only once in six innings. Wilson Alvarez worked two innings of relief and Esteban Yan pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

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