Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/29)

Game 1: Friday, June 28
Arizona 2Final
Cleveland 8
Game 2: Saturday, June 29
Arizona 4Final
Cleveland 2
Game 3: Sunday, June 30
Arizona 5Final
Cleveland 2

Diamondbacks 4

(47-32, 22-18 away)

Indians 2

(37-42, 21-17 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 29, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    ARI 000310000 4 - -
    CLE 010000010 2 - -

    W: B. Anderson (3-7)

    L: C. Finley (4-10)

    S: B. Kim (20)

    Anderson quiets hometown Tribe for 7 1/3 innings

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Brian Anderson left over 40 tickets at the box office for family and friends who came to see him pitch his homecoming at Jacobs Field.


    He wasn't nearly as generous to the Cleveland Indians.

    Anderson dominated his hometown team -- and the one he spent two seasons with -- for 7 1/3 innings and led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 win Saturday night over the Cleveland Indians.

    "I had a lot of jitters,'' said Anderson, whose last appearance at the Jake came in Game 4 of the 1997 World Series for the Indians. "When I got to the mound, I was like, 'Whoa, this is going to be fun.' It was a special night.''

    Anderson (3-7) allowed four hits and faced just two over the minimum in his longest outing this season. After giving up a homer to Jim Thome in the second, he retired 13 straight and 19 of the final 21 he faced before being replaced in the eighth.

    By then, he had thrown just 75 pitches, but the emotion of the night had taken its toll and Anderson told Arizona manager Bob Brenly he was through.

    "When Brian said he felt like he threw 100 pitches, that made it a little easier,'' Brenly said.

    Byung-Hyun Kim, who gave up a walkoff grand slam earlier this week in a loss at Houston, loaded the bases in the ninth before striking out Travis Fryman and Milton Bradley for his 20th save.

    "That was a very familiar feeling,'' said Brenly, who visited Kim when things began to unravel in the ninth. "I told him, 'Good things are going to happen. Start thinking positive.'''

    Anderson won for just the second time in 19 starts. He went 17 consecutive starts -- over two seasons -- without a win before beating Baltimore on June 18.

    But he looked sharp against the Indians, who he played for in 1996 and '97 before the Diamondbacks selected him with the No. 1 pick in the expansion draft.

    Anderson, who has won two of his last three starts, lives in suburban Cleveland in the offseason and is a season-ticket holder for the NFL's Browns.

    He was always disappointed the Indians exposed him in the draft, and got the last laugh against Cleveland with one of the best games of his career.

    Anderson got a warm ovation from Cleveland fans when he was replaced in the eighth.

    "That was nice,'' he said. "Pitching in front of your hometown is always going to be special.''

    Steve Finley had three hits and two RBIs off Chuck Finley (4-10) as the Diamondbacks won for just the second time in seven games.

    Thome homered for the fourth straight game for the Indians, who will face Curt Schilling in the series finale Sunday.

    "The home runs don't matter if you don't win,'' Thome said. "That's what it's all about. We're trying to get back in this thing. We're still fighting to do what we have to do to win.''

    Finley, who will likely be traded if the Indians can find a taker for the 39-year-old left-hander, just missed the corners of the plate in the fourth inning when the Diamondbacks took a 3-1 lead.

    Junior Spivey opened with a single and one out later, Greg Colbrunn walked. Steve Finley's RBI single scored Spivey, and Chuck Finley went to a full-count before walking Damian Miller to load the bases.

    Craig Counsell followed with a sacrifice fly that must have brought back some bad memories for Indians fans. It was Counsell's game-tying sac fly in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for Florida that helped beat Cleveland.

    Jose Guillen's RBI single made it 3-1.

    The Diamondbacks added a run in the fifth Steve Finley's second RBI single.

    Thome connected off Anderson in the second, hitting a 428-foot shot to right for his 23rd homer -- one behind AL leader Alex Rodriguez.

    Game notes

    Cleveland, which went 13-15 in May, is 11-14 in June and the Indians are guaranteed their first consecutive losing months since April-May 1993. ... A fan sitting in the closest seat to the left-field wall, leaned over and caught Bill Selby's drive to the corner in the eighth. Third-base umpire Paul Schrieber ruled fan interference, and Selby got an RBI double. TV cameras caught the fan shrugging as if to say, "What's the big deal?'' after making the nice grab. ... Thome's homer moved him past Joe Sewell into fifth place on the club's career runs list with 858. ... Spivey has hit in a career-high 13 straight games.

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