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Schilling K's 10, but Brewers get victory

4/13/2003

PHOENIX (AP) -- The frustration boiled over for the Arizona
Diamondbacks in another loss to Milwaukee.

Curt Schilling struck out 10 in six innings but it wasn't enough as the Brewers beat the sputtering Diamondbacks 3-2 Saturday night.

Matt Kinney (1-1), Milwaukee's No. 5 starter who hadn't pitched
in nine days, held the Diamondbacks to two runs on five hits
through 5 2-3 innings to help the Brewers to their fourth victory
in five games, all on the road. The right-hander struck out six and
walked four.

"We're playing just bad enough to lose,'' Schilling said.
"There's nothing you can do about it but show up tomorrow and
(beat) somebody. That's the answer to it.''

The Brewers beat Schilling and Randy Johnson on consecutive
nights. The two Arizona aces are a combined 0-4 this season. No
Diamondbacks starter has a win yet.

Arizona fell to 2-9, the worst record in the National League and
its worst start since going 2-13 in its 1998 expansion season.

"I've been on teams that have pitched bad, that have struggled
hitting, that have struggled defensively, that have had calls go
against you, that have had breaks go against you,'' Schilling said.
"But I've been on a team that's had it all happen at the same time
over an extended period of time.''

Diamondbacks slugger Luis Gonzalez and manager Bob Brenly were
ejected in the seventh inning.

"We're a big league club. We're frustrated right now,'' Gonzalez said. "We were the champions only two years ago. We want to go out there and win some games and start playing better baseball.''

Gonzalez was thrown out after a heated argument with plate
umpire Derryl Cousins, who ruled Gonzalez went around for strike
three to end the inning.

Brenly was tossed by first base umpire Mike DiMuro, who ruled
that Eric Young was safe when third baseman Matt Williams' wide
throw pulled Carlos Baerga off first on a bunt. The play loaded the
bases with no outs in the seventh inning. Replays showed that Young
appeared to be out.

"I just thought that was a call that hurt us right there,''
Brenly said. "Replays showed that he missed the call. I know these
guys are trying to get them right, but that one hurt us.''

Arizona escaped the jam when relievers Oscar Villarreal, Mike
Myers and Mike Koplove struck out Richie Sexson, Geoff Jenkins and
Jeffrey Hammonds, respectively.

The Brewers won despite striking out 15 times.

"If we can get pitching and defense, we'll win some
ballgames,'' manager Ned Yost said.

Arizona stranded the tying run at second in the seventh and
eighth innings. Mike De Jean got four outs for his third save.

"This is definitely a big, big confidence builder for us,''
Young said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game. He
(Schilling) stops losing streaks. He came out and had some pretty
good stuff, but we were able to put balls in play at key times and
score some runs.''

Tony Womack reached on a drag-bunt single to lead off the seventh and advanced to second on Baerga's sacrifice bunt. But reliever Valerio De Los Santos struck out David Dellucci, then a fuming Gonzalez, who had to be restrained by two Arizona coaches after being ejected.

Lyle Overbay singled and Chad Moeller walked with two outs in
the eighth, but pinch-hitter Danny Bautisa grounded out to second.

Jenkins, a career-best 5-for-5 in Milwaukee's 11-7 victory over
Johnson and the Diamondbacks on Friday night, singled in the
go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Young had an RBI double and
scored twice.

Schilling (0-2) allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits.
Usually a master of control, he walked four and hit a batter. One
of Milwaukee's runs came on Schilling's wild pitch.

He was lifted for a pinch-hitter after Chad Moeller singled to
put runners at first and second with two outs in the sixth and the
Diamondbacks trailing 3-2.

Mark Grace, who bats left-handed, was announced as the
pinch-hitter, but after Milwaukee brought in left-handed reliever
John Foster, right-handed hitter Junior Spivey pinch-hit for Grace.
Spivey, in a 1-for-21 skid, flied out to end the inning.

Game notes
Milwaukee has won consecutive road series for the first
time since Aug. 17-23, 2001. ... After going 47-12 last season,
Schilling and Johnson are winless after three starts apiece. ...
Arizona is 1-4 at home, 1-5 on the road. Both wins came in extra
innings. ... The Brewers have four left-handers in their bullpen.
... Brenly has been ejected six times in his two-plus seasons as
Arizona's manager.