Final in 13

Series: Game 3 of 3

Arizona won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 13
Milwaukee 8Final
Arizona 4
Game 2: Saturday, September 14
Milwaukee 0Final
Arizona 5
Game 3: Sunday, September 15
Milwaukee 5Final
in 13
Arizona 6

Brewers 5

(52-97, 23-51 away)

Diamondbacks 6

(92-57, 51-26 home)

    4:35 PM ET, September 15, 2002

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: M. Koplove (6-1)

    L: N. Figueroa (1-7)

    Schilling's eight K's give him 300 for season

    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 Brewers.

    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 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 (1-7), 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.''

    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 innings.

    "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 mistake.''

    Belliard went to third on the play but was stranded when Keith Ginter bounced out to third, Jeffrey Hammonds popped out to short center, and Richie Sexson flied out to right.

    "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,'' Grace said.

    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 pitches.''

    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 sixth.

    Game notes


    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.

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