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Giants beat 2nd D'backs ace

©Associated Press
September 1, 2002

PHOENIX -- Any team that beats Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling on consecutive days must be on a roll, even if San Francisco manager Dusty Baker won't admit it.

"Not yet," Baker said, "but we're on our way."

Kirk Rueter and three relievers combined on a five-hitter Saturday as the Giants won their seventh in a row, 5-0 over Schilling and the slumping Diamondbacks.

"The name of the game is pitching," Baker said. "If anybody knows that, it's the Diamondbacks. We took a page out of their book, I guess."

Schilling and Randy Johnson lost on consecutive days for the first time. They lost consecutive games Aug. 23 and 25 of 2000, but there was a day off between. Schilling lost to Milwaukee, then two days later Johnson lost to the Mets.

"These guys are great pitchers, but you have to believe you can win and beat them, too," said David Bell, who hit one of two home runs off Schilling. "It's something we should be really happy with, but at the same time it's just two games."

Schilling, who lost to a West team for the first time this season, walked four, his most in 88 starts.

"Any time Schil walks four guys in a month, it catches you by surprise," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said, "but I don't think it was anything Curt did wrong. I just think it was a real good approach by the Giants hitters."

Schilling was more critical.

"I didn't make pitches is the bottom line," he said. "I just didn't execute today."

The Diamondbacks lost their season-worst fourth in a row, two to Los Angeles and two to San Francisco, the teams chasing them in the West.

"Over the last four days, we've either been outhit or outpitched or both," Schilling said. "We're just not playing well, but if we're going to be the team we believe we are, then we're going to have to figure out a way."

Kenny Lofton and Rich Aurilia homered for the Giants, who remained a game behind Los Angeles in the wild-card race.

San Francisco matched its longest winning streak of the season and is 6-0 with one to go on its road trip.

PHILLIES 1, METS 0: New York completed the worst home month in league history, losing its 13th straight at Shea Stadium to Randy Wolf and Philadelphia.

Wolf pitched a four-hitter and Jimmy Rollins hit a run-scoring single in the eighth as the Mets tied a team record for consecutive home losses set in 1979.

At 0-13, the Mets became the league's first team to go winless at home in a month while playing at least 10 games.

DODGERS 4, ASTROS 0: Omar Daal allowed two hits over 6 2/3 innings to beat Houston for the first time in seven decisions for visiting Los Angeles.

Daal entered winless in 22 appearances against the Astros but retired 18 of the first 19 batters. Jose Vizcaino's infield hit in the second was Houston's only baserunner until Craig Biggio walked to start the seventh inning.

BRAVES 5, EXPOS 3: Andruw Jones and Mark DeRosa homered and Chris Hammond pitched two scoreless innings for his seventh relief win for visiting Atlanta.

Jones led off the seventh with his 27th homer and first since Aug. 17 on an 0-and-2 pitch from Javier Vazquez to break a tie at 3.

CARDINALS 8-10, CUBS 1-4: Eli Marrero's grand slam capped a six-run third as visiting St. Louis swept.

Marrero also homered in the opener, as did Albert Pujols and Eduardo Perez. Marrero hadn't homered in six weeks.

PADRES 3, ROCKIES 0: Rookie Clay Condrey pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings in his first major-league start as host San Diego handed Colorado its eighth straight loss.

BREWERS 11, REDS 2: Jorge Fabregas hit two of visiting Milwaukee's five home runs off Chris Reitsma.

MARLINS 3, PIRATES 2: Kevin Millar hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth for host Florida.

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