Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 8/12)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 12
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Cincinnati0
Game 2: Wednesday, August 13
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Game 3: Thursday, August 14
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Diamondbacks 2

(63-55, 28-32 away)

Reds 0

(52-66, 27-32 home)

    7:10 PM ET, August 12, 2003

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: C. Schilling (6-6)

    L: P. Wilson (6-10)

    S: M. Mantei (16)

    D-Backs beat Reds for 15th straight time

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Curt Schilling was in peak form. The Cincinnati Reds remained stuck in a rut.

    Schilling struck out 11 and Steve Finley homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat slumping Cincinnati for the 15th straight time, 2-0 Tuesday night.

    Schilling (6-6) allowed six hits and walked one in seven sharp innings, winning for the first time since July 17. He had been 0-2 in his last four starts.

    "That was vintage Schilling," Reds shortstop Barry Larkin said. "When he struck me out, he threw me a (split-finger) that I swore was a fastball."

    The Diamondbacks opened a seven-game road trip with their third consecutive victory and sixth in seven games. Their 15-game winning streak against the Reds is the longest current string by any major league team against another.

    "It was more vintage Jack Morris tonight," Schilling said. "I threw 70 splitters (out of 113 pitches). I tried to throw strikes when they were taking and balls when they were swinging."

    The slumping Reds have lost seven of eight and haven't scored in 19 innings. They were shut out for the second consecutive time and third in four games.

    "Schilling can pitch," said interim Reds manager Dave Miley, who fell to 5-8 since taking over for the fired Bob Boone on July 29. "We knew that coming in. We just can't seem to get a run when we need it."

    Cincinnati hasn't beaten Arizona since May 7, 2001. The losing streak is its longest against one team since dropping 16 in a row to the Chicago Cubs from 1944-45.

    Schilling also earned his fourth consecutive win over the Reds in his first start against them since last Aug. 21. He is undefeated against the Reds since joining the Diamondbacks during the 2000 season. His last loss to Cincinnati was in 1998, with Philadelphia.

    Eddie Oropesa and Jose Valverde got through the eighth without allowing a hit. Matt Mantei struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities. He has converted a season-high nine consecutive chances.

    Sean Casey was the only Reds runner to get past second against Schilling when he moved from first to third on Adam Dunn's one-out double in the sixth. Schilling responded by striking out Brandon Larson -- for the third time -- and Russell Branyan.

    "I had to make those pitches," Schilling said. "The sixth inning was the ballgame. I consciously went for those two strikeouts."

    Schilling and Paul Wilson (6-10) matched zeros until the fifth, when Finley led off with his 12th homer on an 0-2 pitch.

    "It wasn't a horrible pitch," Finley said. "I was just able to get my hands inside it."

    Finley, who homered against the Mets on Saturday, went into the game hitting .196 (10-for-51) in his last 15 games.

    "The ball Finley hit was a mistake," Wilson said. "It was supposed to be in, but it got out over the plate. Sometimes, you can get away with one mistake. Tonight, I couldn't."

    The Diamondbacks added an insurance run in the ninth when Matt Kata led off with walk, moved to second on Craig Counsell's sacrifice and scored on Luis Gonzalez's single to center.

    Wilson allowed just four hits and one walk in seven innings but lost for the sixth time in seven decisions since a three-game winning streak.

    Game notes


    Schilling, who had exactly seven strikeouts in each of his last four starts, had that many in four innings Tuesday. ... Reds 2B D'Angelo Jimenez extended his streak of consecutive chances without an error to 148 in 30 games since joining the Reds. ... Gonzalez has reached base at least once in 28 consecutive games. ... John Riedling has not allowed a run in 17 consecutive innings, the longest streak by a Reds pitcher this season. ... Professional tennis player James Blake threw out the ceremonial first pitch ... Larkin left after eight innings when a groin problem that started bothering him last week flared up again.

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