Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/3)

Game 1: Friday, May 2
Atlanta4Final
in 11
Arizona2
Game 2: Saturday, May 3
Atlanta6Final
Arizona7
Game 3: Sunday, May 4
Atlanta7Final
in 11
Arizona4

Braves 6

(19-11, 9-5 away)

Diamondbacks 7

(13-18, 7-9 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 3, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    ARI 21000220 - 7 12 1

    W: O. Villarreal (2-2)

    L: K. Gryboski (1-2)

    S: M. Mantei (5)

    Schilling gets no-decision as D-Backs top Braves

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Kevin Gryboski was wearing a gray bandage. It might as well have been a red flag.

    Told he could not pitch with the protective wrap on his left wrist, the Atlanta reliever left Saturday night's game against Arizona in the seventh inning after allowing two batters to reach base.

    Pinch-hitter Matt Williams and Quinton McCracken followed with RBI hits off Jung Bong, and the Diamondbacks rallied past Atlanta 7-6 Saturday night, ending the Braves' six-game winning streak.

    "I said, 'Why did you wait that long to make that decision?''' Gryboski (1-2) said about his conversation with umpire crew chief Tim McClelland 15 pitches into his appearance. "I got a guy out, I walked a guy and gave up a hit, so why wait until then. He said he didn't see it.''

    Pitchers are not allowed to show any white other than what's on their uniforms. Apparently, Gryboski's bandage was too close to white.

    McClelland said Gryboski had the option to remove the wrap and stay in the game, but the pitcher was trying to protect a sore spot after taking a liner off the bat of Houston's Richard Hidalgo on Thursday.

    The umpires' insistence that Gryboski make a change or leave enraged Braves manager Bobby Cox, who had nobody warming up at the time.

    Bong was allowed all the time he needed to get ready, but the Diamondbacks immediately rallied against the left-hander. Bong gave up a tying double to Williams, and McCracken followed with his run-scoring single to make it 7-6.

    "They said they noticed when he took his glove off, like that makes a difference in the ballgame,'' Cox said. "It's amazing that hitters can wear tank armor and a pitcher can't even wear a piece of tape.''

    Arizona manager Bob Brenly, tossed in the first inning by plate umpire C.B. Bucknor, could only laugh.

    "He had it on the first two batters,'' Brenly said. "It's a good thing his hat wasn't on fire.''

    Oscar Villarreal (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory. Matt Mantei worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save in six chances -- one night after giving up a go-ahead homer to Rafael Furcal in the 11th inning.

    Pinch-hitter Junior Spivey hit a two-run homer in the sixth to pull the Diamondbacks to 6-5.

    Schilling returned from the disabled list and gave up two-run homers to Andruw Jones and Robert Fick, who each drove in three runs.

    Fick homered off Schilling in the third and added a run-scoring single against Stephen Randolph in the sixth.

    "Both sides swung the bat good,'' Jones said. "We got out of a couple of jams, but they ended up on top.''

    Schilling yielded five runs on eight hits and three walks, throwing 108 pitches in five innings of his first outing since April 17.

    The right-hander experienced abdominal pain while running the bases in that game. Two days later, he had an appendectomy in St. Louis and went on the disabled list.

    "Physically, I didn't have any problems at all,'' Schilling said. "I felt like my control was pretty good.''

    The Braves lost for only the third time in 18 games and had their eight-game road winning streak snapped.

    Gryboski got one out in the seventh before walking pinch-hitter David Dellucci and giving up a single to Rod Barajas.

    Williams, batting for Tony Womack, doubled inside third base on the first pitch from Bong, who threw two scoreless innings to earn the victory the night before.

    McCracken, a defensive replacement in the sixth, singled to right-center on the next pitch.

    Atlanta starter Russ Ortiz allowed five of his six hits in the first two innings, when the Diamondbacks took a 3-0 lead.

    Schilling had a problem with Bucknor's strike zone in the first inning. When Brenly got involved, Bucknor ejected him.

    The Diamondbacks scored twice in the first inning on an RBI double by Luis Gonzalez and a run-scoring single by Lyle Overbay.

    Game notes


    Andruw Jones moved into a tie with Todd Helton for the NL lead in RBIs (29). ... The Diamondbacks optioned reserve C Robby Hammock to Triple-A Tucson to make room on the roster for Schilling. ... The Braves placed RF Gary Sheffield on bereavement leave while he attends a funeral in Chicago and recalled OF Ryan Langerhans from Double-A Greenville. ... Barajas has five straight multihit games. ... The Diamondbacks plan to place RHP Byung-Hyun Kim on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right ankle. He was hit by the barrel of a broken bat April 14 and will miss his next scheduled start Monday against Philadelphia.

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