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NL: Schilling forms a 300K duo

©Associated Press
September 16, 2002

PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling got his 300th strikeout. His 24th victory will have to wait.

Schilling joined Randy Johnson to make strikeout history, and Tony Womack singled home the winner in the 13th Sunday to give the Diamondbacks a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Schilling's bid to become baseball's first 24-game winner in six seasons was spoiled when an error by second baseman Junior Spivey allowed the Brewers to score the tying run in the ninth.

"Curt pitched a good ballgame. He really battled," Spivey said. "I just couldn't make a routine play."

Schilling struck out eight. He and Johnson are the first teammates with 300 strikeouts in the same season.

"Anytime that you do something in the game today that's never been done before, you're talking about over a century's worth of history, that's special," Schilling said. "I'm proud of it. He (Johnson) is part of the reason I got there, and I'm proud of that, too."

Felix Jose and Erubiel Durazo began the 13th with pinch-hit singles off Nelson Figueroa, then Womack slapped a single to left to win it.

"I'm not a guy who's going to worry about how pretty it is," Womack said. "As long as it gets done, I don't care."

Arizona is seven games ahead of the second-place Giants with 14 to play. The Diamondbacks have a magic number of seven to clinch their third West title in four years.

"It wasn't one of our better efforts of the year," manager Bob Brenly said, "but it was enough."

PADRES 4, GIANTS 1: Trevor Hoffman struck out Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent with the bases loaded in the ninth to preserve the win for San Diego.

Ryan Klesko homered and drove in three as the Padres improved to 1-6 at Pacific Bell Park this season. Jake Peavy got the win with help from four relievers.

San Francisco wasted a chance to take a two-game lead over the Dodgers in the wild-card race. The teams begin a four-game series today in Los Angeles.

Giants manager Dusty Baker, pitching coach Dave Righetti and catcher Benito Santiago were ejected in the ninth for arguing balls and strikes. Righetti was tossed when he threw an empty bucket from the dugout onto the field.

ASTROS 8, CARDINALS 0: Wade Miller won his 11th consecutive decision with a three-hitter for his first career shutout, and Lance Berkman drove in four for host Houston.

Miller's 11-game winning streak, which includes three no-decisions, is the longest in the league this season.

ROCKIES 5, DODGERS 4: Todd Zeile hit a three-run homer and Brent Butler a two-run shot as host Colorado took three of four. Los Angeles has lost seven of its past nine.

Justin Speier earned the win with 21/3 scoreless innings of relief. Jose Jimenez got six straight outs for his 40th save in 45 opportunities.

PHILLIES 1, PIRATES 0 (10): Pat Burrell scored on a fielding mistake by reliever Scott Sauerbeck in the 10th, lifting host Philadelphia.

With one out in the 10th, Burrell was intentionally walked and went to third on a single by Travis Lee. Johnny Estrada then hit a sharp grounder to Sauerbeck, who turned and made a bad throw to shortstop Jack Wilson, whose throw to first was too late, allowing Burrell to score.

BRAVES 6, MARLINS 4: Javy Lopez had a pinch-hit grand slam with two outs in the sixth, and John Smoltz earned his major league-leading 51st save for visiting Atlanta.

Lopez is 4-for-7 in the series with three homers and 10 RBIs. He also had a pinch-hit homer Friday.

EXPOS 10, METS 1: Matt Cepicky hit his first career grand slam and Orlando Cabrera and Jamey Carroll hit two-run homers for host Montreal.

CUBS 6, REDS 0: Sammy Sosa broke a scoreless tie with his 46th homer in the eighth, leading visiting Chicago.

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