Series: Game 1 of 3

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 5/3)

Game 1: Friday, May 3
Montreal 3Final
Arizona 6
Game 2: Saturday, May 4
Montreal 5Final
in 11
Arizona 6
Game 3: Sunday, May 5
Montreal 2Final
Arizona 5

Expos 3

(17-12, 7-6 away)

Diamondbacks 6

(18-11, 8-5 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 3, 2002

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: C. Schilling (6-1)

    L: B. Chen (2-2)

    S: B. Kim (7)

    Schilling joins teammate Johnson at 6-1

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Curt Schilling likes the roof closed at Bank One Ballpark because he said he thinks the ball carries farther when it's open.

    Maybe he's wrong.

    Curt Schilling


    Arizona's Curt Schilling allowed just five hits while striking out 14 in raising his record to 6-1.

    Arizona hit three consecutive home runs for the second time in six days, leading Schilling and the Diamondbacks over the Montreal Expos 6-3 Friday night.

    "That roof deal was made out to be much more than it should have been," Schilling said, brushing aside the subject.

    Schilling struck out 14 in seven innings, working up a sweat as the heat built up in the enclosed ballpark. The roof remained closed even though it was a comfortable 83 degrees outside at game time.

    Arizona added another homer -- by Jose Guillen -- in the eighth inning, and the Expos homered twice off Schilling.

    Still, the Diamondbacks have said that if Schilling wants the roof closed, it will be closed.

    Schilling (6-1) allowed five hits, including solo homers by Vladimir Guerrero and Michael Barrett. The right-hander walked one to join teammate Randy Johnson as the only six-game winners in the majors.

    "This was our bullpen and back-to-back-to-back home runs again," Schilling said. "That's six in two games for me. Our bullpen was huge. In this league, you win with your bullpen and bench."

    Danny Bautista, Steve Finley and Damian Miller homered off Bruce Chen in the first inning to put Arizona up 4-0.

    "Just think how far they would have gone with the roof open," Miller joked.

    Just last Sunday in Florida, Finley, Miller and Mark Grace hit consecutive home runs against Josh Beckett. Schilling was pitching in that one, too. Arizona had hit three homers in a row only once before in the franchise's history.

    Guerrero's 10th homer of the season made it 4-2 in the sixth and Barrett, who also had a run-scoring single, cut it to 4-3 with a home run in the seventh.

    Schilling, who also singled twice, reached double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time in his seven starts.

    "That's typical Curt Schilling," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.

    "If you look at his history, he always strikes out a lot of guys, he rarely walks anybody and he has a tendency to give up some home runs. Fortunately, after the home runs that he gave up, Schil and the bullpen after him were able to make them stand up."

    Guillen hit a popup that hit a girder on the ballpark roof and came down in foul territory in the eighth, then homered on the next pitch to put Arizona ahead 5-3.

    Montreal loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Byung Hyun-Kim -- who pitched two innings Thursday night -- struck out Brad Wilkerson to end the inning.

    Kim then pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

    Plate umpire Larry Vanover ejected Wilkerson when the batter threw his helmet down in disgust after the called third strike.

    Chen (2-2), who had given up just four homers all season, has looked better as a reliever than a starter, manager Frank Robinson said.

    "He seems a little timid out there and didn't seem as aggressive throwing the ball in the strike zone and finishing hitters off in his two starts as he was as a reliever," Robinson said.

    Chen walked Junior Spivey with one out in the first. Bautista -- batting in Luis Gonzalez's usual No. 3 spot -- hit a high fly that barely cleared the fence in right field.

    Bautista has six homers this season, one more than he had all of last year.

    Finley followed with a 427-foot shot to the porch in right-center, then Miller hit a 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats.

    The Expos had not allowed three consecutive homers since July 7, 1995.

    Gonzalez, mired in an 0-for-19 slump, didn't start for just the second time since the 1999 season. He came on in a double-switch in the eighth inning to keep his streak of consecutive games played alive at 356, longest among active players.

    He doubled to end the slump with two outs in the eighth, then scored on Tony Womack's single.

    Gonzalez endured endless ribbing from his teammates in the dugout.

    "I know the time he spent on the bench today he was taking a lot of grief, so he was probably glad to just get in the ballgame and get away from his teammates for awhile," Brenly said. "I heard Wally Pipp mentioned at least 100 times on that bench today."

    Game notes

    Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and with one out in the sixth and failed to score both times. ... The Expos placed Andres Galarraga on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Joey Eischen from Triple-A Ottawa. ... Montreal played its first game against an National League West team. ... The Diamondbacks lead the NL with 39 home runs.

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