PHOENIX (AP) -- 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 winning run in the 13th inning Sunday
to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee
Schilling's bid to become baseball's first 24-game winner in six
years 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 to reach 300 for the season. He and
Johnson are the first teammates with 300 strikeouts in the same
"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,
"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.''
The victory, coupled with San Francisco's loss to San Diego,
left Arizona seven games ahead of the second-place Giants with 14
to play. The Diamondbacks have a magic number of seven to clinch
their third NL West title in four years.
"It wasn't one of our better efforts of the year,'' manager Bob
Brenly said, "but it was enough.''
Back in April, Schilling struck out 17 and threw a one-hitter in
a 2-0 victory at Milwaukee. This time, he allowed eight hits and
walked three, but still had a 5-4 lead when he left after eight
"I just made mistakes and allowed them to get back in the
game,'' Schilling said. "It never should have been a close game,
but we won, so it's all right. The number is seven now.''
Arizona closer Byung-Hyun Kim walked Ryan Christensen to start
the ninth. Ronnie Belliard laid down a sacrifice bunt, and first
baseman Mark Grace looked toward second for the force. But Grace,
who said he had trouble getting a grip on the ball, decided to go
to first, where Spivey was not expecting the throw. The ball sailed
past him, and Christensen raced home with the tying run.
"I took my head off the play,'' Spivey said. "That's my own
"Again, we had our chances to win,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry
Royster said. "That's been our Achilles' heel all season. It's not
like it's news. We had the same opportunity they had. Womack gets
the base hit, we don't get anything done.''
Although Kim had his sixth blown save in 39 opportunities, his
ability to escape without allowing the go-ahead run was crucial.
"That was a lot to ask of B.K. and he came through for us,''
Rookie Mike Koplove (6-1) allowed two hits in three scoreless
innings for the victory.
"He's got the guts of a burglar,'' Brenly said. "He's not
afraid to challenge hitters with his fastball. It's usually down
around the knees and sinking, so very rarely do they get the ball
in the air against him. And he's got a variety of off-speed
Milwaukee lost its 97th game to tie a franchise record set in
1970, the Brewers' first season. The Brewers set a club record with
their 51st road loss.
Arizona led 5-1 before Ginter's bloop double in the seventh
drove in two runs to make it 5-3. Brewers shortstop Jose Hernandez
had a pair of RBI singles. His second brought home Sexson, who
doubled, to cut the lead to 5-4 in the eighth.
An error by Hernandez helped Arizona score three runs in the
The Diamondbacks begin a nine-game road trip Tuesday with
stops in San Diego, Colorado and St. Louis. ... Hernandez struck
out twice and is three shy of the major league record of 189
strikeouts in a season set by Bobby Bonds in 1970. ... With a crowd
of 39,442, Arizona's home attendance topped 3 million for the
season for the third time in the franchise's five-year history. ...
The Diamondbacks finished their homestand 5-1.