Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Arizona won 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, September 26
Colorado 2Final
Arizona 4
Game 2: Friday, September 27
Colorado 6Final
Arizona 8
Game 3: Saturday, September 28
Colorado 8Final
Arizona 17
Game 4: Sunday, September 29
Colorado 8Final
Arizona 11

Rockies 8

(73-89, 26-55 away)

Diamondbacks 11

(98-64, 55-26 home)

    4:35 PM ET, September 29, 2002

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    ARI 30031130 - 11 - -

    W: J. Patterson (2-0)

    L: D. Stark (11-4)

    S: B. Kim (36)

    Moeller homers twice as D-Backs get home edge

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Despite injuries to Luis Gonzalez, Craig Counsell and others, the Arizona Diamondbacks keep finding players to step up at key times.

    Chad Moeller came through with two homers for the Diamondbacks.

    Chad Moeller homered twice and drove in six runs as the Diamondbacks clinched home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs with an 11-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

    ''That's the way this team has been the two years I've been here,'' first baseman Mark Grace said. ''Every time we've had must-win games, we go out there and we win them, and I'm real glad we don't have to get on a plane.''

    Arizona will open the postseason Tuesday night against National League Central champion St. Louis at Bank One Ballpark.

    If the Diamondbacks had lost this game, the best-of-five series would have started at St. Louis.

    The locker room had a cluttered look as players stepped around and over suitcases and baggage they won't need until Friday.

    ''Home-field advantage is always big,'' Moeller said. ''No. 1, you get that last at-bat. That's the biggest thing -- you get that one last chance. On the road, you don't have that.''

    Arizona took an 11-3 lead into the eighth inning and held off the Rockies.

    Moeller went 4-for-4 and Junior Spivey and Felix Jose also homered for the defending World Series champions. The Diamondbacks won their final four games of the season to win the West and finish with a one-game edge over the Cardinals -- had the teams ended with the same record, St. Louis held the tiebreaker.

    The Diamondbacks were batting in the first inning when St. Louis' 4-0 victory over Milwaukee was posted on the scoreboard. Arizona responded by scoring three quick runs.

    Curt Schilling, who will start Game 2 for Arizona on Thursday after losing to the Cardinals last Wednesday, pitched the eighth inning.

    Making his first relief appearance since May 13, 1992, Schilling gave up a three-run homer to Brent Butler that pulled Colorado to 11-6.

    ''It was meaningless,'' manager Bob Brenly said about the ace's uneven performance. ''Other than the fact he took three earned runs he wasn't counting on. It was his day to work on the side anyway.''

    Butler was surprised by his homer.

    ''I was looking for something hard to hit, and I was lucky,'' Butler said. ''No doubt it was like my second hit in 20 at-bats off of him, so I guess I was due for one off him. But he's a great pitcher.''

    After the Rockies scored twice in the ninth, Byung-Hyun Kim got two outs for his 36th save.

    ''I'd like to believe we just ran out of innings, but I don't think that's the case,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We were gassed.''

    John Patterson (2-0) outpitched fellow rookie Denny Stark, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings. Patterson struck out eight and walked none.

    Patterson, however, also got thrown out at first base on what looked like a hit in the second. Right fielder Gabe Kapler charged the ball, grabbed it on a couple of hops and made a strong throw.

    Stark (11-4) lost for the first time in nine starts.

    Juan Pierre hit his first homer in 592 at-bats since Oct. 7 -- Colorado's final game of the 2001 season -- off Patterson in the second.

    Arizona went ahead 8-2 by scoring five runs in three innings.

    Mark Little had a leadoff single in the fourth before Moeller came up and drove a pitch into the right-field seats. Spivey homered later in the inning.

    In the fifth, Jose connected off reliever Randy Flores. Moeller, who had gone 107 at-bats without a homer since Sept. 27, 2001, led off the sixth with an opposite-field shot off Flores.

    Moeller hit a two-run double against Todd Jones in the seventh and scored on Tony Womack's single.

    ''I feel great,'' Moeller said about his career day. ''But there were so many guys that were so important. Patterson threw a great game for us, and everybody came through when we needed them.''

    Game notes


    Pierre stole his 47th base in the fifth, second most in the majors. He also was 2-for-4, batting .422 (38-for-90) in September. ... Arizona's Matt Williams has driven in 14 runs in his last 11 games. ... Little was hit for the fourth time in four games when Stark plunked him in the first inning.

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