Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 5/13)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 13
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 14
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Game 3: Thursday, May 15
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Diamondbacks 6

(18-21, 9-10 away)

Phillies 1

(22-17, 12-8 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 13, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: M. Koplove (1-0)

    L: J. Mesa (1-3)

    Arizona enjoys five-run ninth inning off Mesa

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Once Kevin Millwood left the game, the Arizona Diamondbacks teed off against Jose Mesa.

    Quinton McCracken's two-out RBI single off Mesa drove in the go-ahead run in a five-run ninth inning, leading the Diamondbacks over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Tuesday night.

    Millwood, pitching at Veterans Stadium for the first time since his no-hitter against San Francisco on April 27, allowed one run and six hits in seven innings. He got seven of his first eight outs on strikeouts and finished with 11.

    "We were real glad when Millwood left," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "He was electrifying. He his stuff was great. He was fantastic. He was mowing us down. He made us look like Little Leaguers."

    Mesa, Philadelphia's closer, started the ninth and got the first out. But Lyle Overbay walked and went to second when Rod Barajas hit a two-out single to center on an 0-2 pitch. McCracken then lined a single to center for a 2-1 lead.

    After Alex Cintron singled to load the bases, Barajas scored on a wild pitch, Junior Spivey followed with a two-run single, and Luis Gonzalez added a RBI double off Rheal Cormier.

    "Two strikes, no balls, you have to get the guy out,'' Mesa said of Barajas' at-bat. "It was a hanging curve in the middle of the plate."

    Mesa (1-3) gave up five runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning. McCracken, who started the season 1-for-19, was hitting just .182 (8-for-44) before his single.

    Mike Koplove (1-0) got two outs in the eighth as Arizona won for the fifth time in seven games. Koplove, a 29th-round selection by Arizona in the 1998 amateur draft, grew up near the Vet.

    Koplove said about 100 of his family and friends attended the game. Many had left before he entered, but enough cheered loud enough for Koplove to hear on his way in from the bullpen.

    "My legs were shaking. It was like making my debut again," Koplove said. "It was awesome. I couldn't ask for more. It's a dream come true."

    Matt Mantei finished the six-hitter.

    Arizona's Brandon Webb, making his fourth start in the majors, allowed just one run and five hits in six innings. Webb hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his starts.

    "It gives you confidence to do it against the same team twice," said Webb, who gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings against the Phillies last week.

    Gonzalez's RBI single off Millwood gave Arizona a 1-0 lead in the sixth. Cintron started the inning with his second double off Millwood. After Spivey flied out to center, Gonzalez punched a single to right just over the outstretched glove of first baseman Jim Thome.

    Pat Burrell tied it at 1 in the sixth, his second homer in two games and seventh this season.

    Since giving up seven runs in 3 2-3 innings against Florida on April 17, Millwood is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts.

    "The bottom line is we've got to start hitting," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

    Game notes
    Phillies INF Tyler Houston broke his left middle finger during a pinch-hitting appearance in the seventh. He is to be re-examined Wednesday. ... Gonzalez was 2-for-20 with eight strikeouts against Millwood before his RBI single. ... Pinch-hitter Mark Grace was ejected after striking out in the seventh inning. ... Burrell has six homers in 72 at-bats against Arizona. ... Phillies reliever Turk Wendell got one out in the eighth. He hasn't allowed a run in 13 innings this season, spanning 11 appearances.

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