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

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.