Series: Game 1 of 3

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 6/7)

Game 1: Friday, June 7
Arizona 7Final
Boston 5
Game 2: Saturday, June 8
Arizona 3Final
Boston 2
Game 3: Sunday, June 9
Arizona 7Final
Boston 3

Diamondbacks 7

(37-23, 17-13 away)

Red Sox 5

(40-18, 15-12 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 7, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    ARI 022300000 7 - -
    BOS 001003100 5 - -

    W: M. Batista (3-3)

    L: F. Castillo (4-6)

    S: B. Kim (15)

    Red Sox continue to struggle at home

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are having better luck in Boston than the Red Sox are.

    Making their first-ever appearance in Fenway Park, the Diamondbacks beat Boston 7-5 on Friday night as Miguel Batista lasted seven innings to snap a personal six-game winless streak.

    "The fans here were great,'' said first baseman Mark Grace. "The whole time they were either razzing us or thanking us for beating the Yankees in the World Series.''

    Grace, a first-time visitor to Boston, added his name to the graffiti inside the Green Monster before the game and doubled to left-center in his first at-bat.

    The game matched the top teams in their respective leagues, but it was just a preview of Saturday's main event, when Pedro Martinez is scheduled to face Curt Schilling.

    Martinez will try to snap Boston's three-game home losing streak and improve a mediocre 15-12 Fenway record that is keeping the Red Sox -- baseball's best team at 40-18 -- from running away with the AL East.

    "We're doing all the right things on the road and it's an incredible record. But we aren't playing badly at home,'' outfielder Johnny Damon said. "This could be the year players want to be on the road and forget the home cooking.''

    The Red Sox are 25-6 on the road.

    Batista (3-3) held Boston to one run on three hits through five innings before giving up three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to turn a 7-1 blowout into a 7-5 contest. In all, he allowed five runs on seven hits, two walks and a wild pitch while striking out five.

    Byung-Hyun Kim recorded the final two outs for his 15th save in 17 chances.

    Frank Castillo (4-6), who had won two consecutive outings, struggled early in his first career start against the Diamondbacks. Castillo, who spent seven seasons with the Chicago Cubs, has beaten every team in the majors except for Arizona and the Seattle Mariners.

    Castillo allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out five in three innings. He faced five batters in the fourth without getting an out before leaving with the bases loaded and the score 6-1.

    "I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that we were familiar with Castillo from the National League,'' Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "Our guys jumped right on him.''

    Steve Finley, who was 3-for-4, hit a two-run single in the second and Luis Gonzalez made it 4-0 with a two-run homer in the third. Boston made it 4-1 on Jose Offerman's RBI groundout before Arizona broke the game open in the fourth.

    Jose Guillen led off with a single, then Castillo walked Grace and Finley to load the bases. Rod Barajas singled in one run and Tony Womack singled in another to chase Castillo.

    Darren Oliver came on in relief and got Craig Counsell to foul out to the third baseman and Junior Spivey to pop up to second. Gonzalez walked to make it 7-1 before Erubiel Durazo lined out to the shortstop to end the inning.

    Tony Clark had an RBI single before Trot Nixon tripled in two runs to make it 7-4 in the sixth. Damon homered in the seventh to cut Arizona's lead to 7-5.

    Arizona, which leads the NL with a 37-23 record, was 2-4 in Batista's previous six starts. He was 0-2 with four no-decisions since his last win, on May 2.

    Game notes

    Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez, who's been on the disabled list for a month with a broken finger, did not return to Boston for an examination on Friday because he missed his flight from Florida. "I heard the weather was kind of messed up. Probably he was kind of messed up, too,'' manager Grady Little joked before the game. Ramirez, who was hurt on May 5, is not expected to be activated for several weeks. ... Arizona won the World Series in its fourth season, but Boston won it in its third. It was in 1903, and the team was known as the Pilgrims. ... The Red Sox sold 21,000 tickets at $10 each for fans to play catch on the Fenway Park field on Father's Day. The event sold out in a day and a half. ... Although Arizona has never visited Fenway Park before, 15 Diamondbacks have. Schilling, who was originally drafted by the Red Sox before playing with Baltimore and Philadelphia, has pitched here in five games, with an 0-2 record and 7.50 ERA. Arizona tied a season-high with 15 hits.

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