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NL: Four-run first helps Schilling get 22nd win

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September 6, 2002


SAN FRANCISCO -- Curt Schilling yielded a 434-foot homer by Barry Bonds, his 608th, but he pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for his 22nd victory as Arizona beat San Francisco 8-5 on Thursday.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Curt Schilling yielded a 434-foot homer by Barry Bonds, his 608th, but he pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for his 22nd victory as Arizona beat San Francisco 8-5 on Thursday.

Schilling (22-5), the major league leader in wins, succeeded in his third attempt to match his career-best win total of last season. He allowed homers by Bonds and Tsuyoshi Shinjo, but he struck out seven to boost his season total to 282, second in the majors behind teammate Randy Johnson.

Tony Womack added a three-run triple in the eighth for the Diamondbacks, who boosted their West lead to 51/2 games.

The Giants, who lost for the third time in four games, beat Schilling 5-0 in Phoenix last week, but they did not recover from Arizona's four-run first in the first game of a key four-game series.

The Diamondbacks' first eight hitters either reached base or drove in a run against Jason Schmidt, whose three-game win streak was snapped. Junior Spivey and Damian Miller had run-scoring doubles.

PHILLIES 4, EXPOS 1: Bobby Abreu homered twice and tripled for Philadelphia, which avoided a four-game sweep in front of the smallest crowd in Olympic Stadium history. Players voices could be heard over the sparse and quiet crowd, announced as 2,134, which represents tickets sold. The actual attendance appeared to be closer to 1,000.

The smallest Olympic Stadium crowd was 2,803 for a weekday game against St. Louis on Sept. 27, 1984. The franchise worst is 2,107 on Sept. 7, 1976 at Jarry Park.

ASTROS 5, PADRES 0 (11): Jeff Bagwell broke a scoreless tie with a run-scoring single and Brian Hunter capped visiting Houston's five-run inning with a bases-loaded triple.

Houston moved within 41/2 games of first-place St. Louis in the Central. The Cardinals were off Thursday.

Jose Vizcaino led off the 11th with a single off Jonathan Johnson (1-1). Craig Biggio attempted a sacrifice bunt down the first-base line, but Johnson threw high to first base for an error.

Mike Holtz then allowed a single to Lance Berkman to load the bases and was replaced by Doug Nickle.

Bagwell grounded a bases-loaded single to leftfield to give Houston a 1-0 lead. Mark Loretta added a sacrifice fly and Hunter's triple put the game out of reach.

METS 4, MARLINS 1: Steve Trachsel allowed a run in seven innings for host New York. Jeromy Burnitz and Ty Wigginton hit back-to-back homers for the Mets, who have won three in a row since setting an NL record by losing 15 straight home games.

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