Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Arizona won 2-1

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 5

(48-32, 23-18 away)

Indians 2

(37-43, 21-18 home)

    1:05 PM ET, June 30, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: C. Schilling (13-3)

    L: D. Baez (6-6)

    Thome homers off Schilling, but Indians shut down

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Curt Schilling says he didn't have his best fastball, breaking pitches or control.

    Curt Schilling
    Schilling

    Imagine what he might have done if he had.

    Schilling got his major league-leading 13th win -- and first in four starts -- with a five-hitter Sunday, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

    Schilling (13-3) cruised from the opening pitch, and got his first victory since June 8 and first complete game in 16 starts.

    "I didn't have much,'' he said modestly. "I wasn't good whatsoever. They hit balls hard all day -- right at us.''

    The right-hander, who hadn't faced the Indians since 1990 in relief for Baltimore, had a no-decision in his last start after losing the previous two.

    But he got untracked against the struggling Indians, the AL's worst hitting team, and improved to 8-0 in nine road starts this season.

    Schilling walked one and struck out five.

    "It looked like Schilling didn't even work that hard,'' said Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel. "But he got a couple runs and he has such good command. He wasn't about to give us anything.''

    Junior Spivey homered and the Diamondbacks took advantage of some early wildness by starter Danys Baez (6-6), who walked four in the first inning and didn't get through the fourth.

    Jim Thome hit his 24th homer and Ellis Burks homered for the struggling Indians, who went 6-12 in interleague play and 11-15 in June -- their worst month since April 1993.

    Lee Stevens, acquired in the trade that sent Bartolo Colon to Montreal, played right for Cleveland. It was his first game in the outfield since Sept. 2, 1998.

    Schilling snapped out of his worst mini-drought in nearly two years with a typical Schilling performance. Averaging less than one walk per game, he has only walked 13 in 131 1/3 innings.

    "Curt's actually pitched much better,'' said Arizona catcher Damian Miller. "But that just shows how good he is. He can get away with things when he's not on.''

    The Diamondbacks hardly had to swing the bat in the first inning in giving Schilling a 3-0 lead. Baez, who came in ranked second in the AL with 47 walks, walked four of the first six batters, forcing in Arizona's first run.

    Finley followed with a broken-bat single to short center, giving him 20 RBI in 23 games and Schilling a three-run cushion.

    "You give Schill an early lead and you're usually pretty safe,'' Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.

    Baez had both his shortest and worst outing as a starter, allowing four runs and five hits in three-plus innings.

    "Danys got a little frustrated,'' Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "He just couldn't put the ball where he wanted. That's young pitchers. Guys will take steps back. Look at Schilling, it took him a long time to get where he is.''

    Thome strengthened his case to make the AL's All-Star team against Schilling in the second inning by hitting his 24th homer and fifth in five days.

    Thome, who had never faced Schilling in the regular season, drove a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right-center to get the Indians within 3-1.

    "Hitting the home run is special off him,'' said Thome, who got his first All-Star Game hit off Schilling in 1999.

    Arizona, though, got the run back and chased Baez in the fourth on Craig Counsell's RBI double.

    Spivey made it 5-1 by leading off the fifth with his ninth homer, extending his hitting streak a career-high 14 games. The shot to center snapped Arizona's 45-inning homerless drought. Burks opened the ninth with his 14th homer to make it 5-2.

    Game notes


    The Diamondbacks went 11-7 against the AL. They were outhomered 13-2 while going 3-3 on their trip to Houston and Cleveland. ... Thome matched the club record he shares with four others with his second five-game homer tear. He also did it last June 9-14. Sandy Alomar Jr., Hall of Famer Larry Doby and Al Rosen (twice) are the only other Cleveland players to homer in five straight games. ... Nicholas Vizquel, Omar's 6-year-old son, was struck but uninjured by a foul ball in the fourth inning while sitting in the dugout. ... Spivey's hitting streak is currently the majors' longest. He's batting .327 (15-for-52) during the streak.

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