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Durazo hits fourth homer in two games

5/19/2002

PHOENIX (AP) -- Home runs wrecked the road-ravaged Philadelphia Phillies in Arizona again.

Junior Spivey homered in the bottom of the ninth inning, and
Erubiel Durazo hit his fourth home run in two nights as the
Diamondbacks rallied again to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on
Saturday night.

Spivey won it with his fourth homer of the season, driving a 2-2
pitch from Jose Mesa (1-3) deep to left field with one out in the
ninth.

Spivey's shot off The Maytag Store sign above the left-field
seats was estimated at 461 feet, the fourth-longest home run in the
five-year history of Bank One Ballpark.

"Man, I've never hit a ball that far in my life," he said.
"That was an unbelievable feeling -- a walkoff home run for the
first time ever."

Curt Schilling struck out 12 in eight innings but left with the
game tied at 4 and failed again to get a victory against his old
team. He is 0-1 with two no-decisions against the Phillies.

As he watched with teammate Randy Johnson as catcher Mike
Lieberthal set up inside for a fastball from Mesa to Spivey -- an
outstanding fastball hitter -- Schilling said, "I said 'RJ, we're
going home after this one."'

Durazo's home run tied it at 4 in the seventh.

"I thought they were going to bring in a lefty," Durazo said,
"but they didn't and I had a chance to hit a home run."

In his first three games of the season, Durazo is 6-for-11 with
two doubles, four homers and 11 RBI. He hit three homers and drove
in nine runs Friday night -- the most in the majors in three years.

Asked why he didn't go for a left-hander, Philadelphia manager
Larry Bowa said, "Have you watched our bullpen?"

Durazo also made two tough defensive plays at first base
Saturday night.

Luis Gonzalez drove in two runs with his 10th homer to cut the
lead to 4-3 in the Arizona third.

Schilling, trying to become the season's first nine-game winner,
was lifted for a pinch-hitter with one out in the eighth, the score
tied 4-4 and runners at first and third.

"We're 9-1 in games that I've started," Schilling said.
"That's the bottom line."

Mark Grace, who lost his first base job when Durazo came off the
disabled list Thursday, grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Schilling gave up all four runs in the third and allowed a
season-high 10 hits.

The Phillies have lost seven in a row away from home and are
3-18 on the road overall. They fell to 0-6 on their road trip with
one game left Sunday. In all three games at Arizona, the Phillies
failed to hold a lead.

Mike Myers (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory.

Philadelphia starter Brandon Duckworth allowed six hits, walked
six and hit a batter in seven innings, but still had a 4-3 lead
until Durazo lofted a high fly into the right-field seats with two
outs in the seventh.

The Phillies had 37 hits in their three losses to the
Diamondbacks, who have won four in a row.

"People have to get people out," Bowa said. "That's the name
of the game -- pitching. When you're in a game with Schilling or
Johnson and you get that many runs against them, you have to shut
down the other team, because you don't get those kinds of
opportunities very often."

Bobby Abreu doubled twice, the first one driving in two runs in
the third for the Phillies. Pat Burrell followed with an RBI triple
that made it 4-1. Duckworth started the outburst with the first of
three consecutive singles.

In the fifth, with two outs and a runner on first, Abreu hit a
fly to deep left field that third-base umpire Tony Randazzo
initially called a home run. But plate umpire Bruce Froemming
overruled him, and replays showed the ball bounced off the top of
the fence and was correctly ruled a double.

With the runners slowing down on Randazzo's home-run signal, no
one scored on the play, and they were stranded when Burrell flew
out.

Game notes
Schilling struck out ex-Diamondback Travis Lee four times
and Lieberthal three times. ... Quarterback Jake Plummer was among
several Arizona Cardinals among those in the Bank One Ballpark
swimming pool. ... The Phillies have 37 hits in their three losses
at Arizona. ... The Diamondbacks' fourth home sellout crowd of the
year (47,357 paid) watched the game. The total number of tickets
issued (49,882) was the team's most of the season.