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Durazo smacks two homers in D-Backs' victory

8/3/2002

NEW YORK (AP) -- When Erubiel Durazo is healthy, there's no limit
on what he can do.

Durazo hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second
home run of the game, giving Byung-Hyun Kim a victory in New York
as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Mets 8-5 in the opener of a
doubleheader Saturday.

Durazo, who had two stints on the disabled list this season, hit
a solo homer in the second before winning it in the 10th against
Scott Strickland (6-7) with his 11th homer in just 111 at-bats this
season.

"We all know what Erubiel Durazo is capable of doing,'' Arizona
manager Bob Brenly said. "He has so much power, he doesn't have to
pull the ball to hit it out of the ballpark. Today was a perfect
example of that.''

Kim (5-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win in his
second outing in New York since his World Series meltdown at Yankee
Stadium last year.

Kim, who allowed two game-tying homers and a game-winning shot
in the Series, also got the save on June 12 against the Yankees.

After the Mets went ahead 5-4 on Edgardo Alfonzo's two-run homer
in the eighth inning, the Diamondbacks rallied to win for the ninth
time in 11 games. Arizona maintained a 5½-game lead over Los
Angeles in the NL West.

Craig Counsell hit a 3-2 pitch from Armando Benitez over the
right-field fence for his first homer in 73 career at-bats as a
pinch-hitter. It was Counsell's second homer of the year.

"Counsell only hits a couple of home runs a year, but they
always seem to come when we need them most,'' Brenly said.

Benitez blew just his third save in 29 chances this year.

"Armando has been near perfect for us, then he gave up the
homer,'' manager Bobby Valentine said. "He laid one in there. It's
kind of frustrating because we had a couple of leads.''

After Kim got Mike Piazza to hit into a double play to end the
ninth inning, Arizona won it in the 10th.

Strickland hit Junior Spivey with a 1-2 pitch to open the inning
and Luis Gonzalez followed with a single.

Durazo then hit a 2-1 pitch over the center-field fence for his
fourth career multihomer game. Durazo missed the first 6½ weeks of
the season with a broken bone in his right wrist and then missed a
month with a strained muscle in his rib cage.

"If I was healthy, I don't know what would have happened this
year,'' Durazo said.

Gonzalez added a two-run homer for Arizona to give him 1,000
career RBI.

Alfonzo had three RBI and Rey Ordonez went 4-for-4 for the
Mets, who have lost three of four and fell five games behind wild
card leader Los Angeles.

"It's disappointing,'' Mets starter Steve Trachsel said. "We
got clutch hits, they got clutch hits. They just got one more
clutch hit than we did.''

The teams combined to use 11 pitchers -- six by the Mets -- in the
opener of a doubleheader caused by a rainout Friday night.

The Diamondbacks tied the game on Gonzalez's 23rd homer in the
sixth inning before taking the lead in the seventh.

Tony Womack singled with two outs off David Weathers. Valentine
then called on lefty Mark Guthrie, who hasn't allowed a run in 33
outings since May 25.

The streak is still intact even though Guthrie didn't get the
job done. Womack stole second and scored on pinch-hitter Quinton
McCracken's single. The run was charged to Weathers.

Brian Anderson allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings
before turning a 4-3 lead over to Arizona's well-rested bullpen.

The Diamondbacks hadn't used a reliever since Tuesday, following
consecutive complete games by Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling and
Friday's rainout.

Alfonzo's RBI single in the fourth tied the game at 1 and New
York then went ahead with two runs in the fifth.

Ordonez led off with a double, went to third on Trachsel's
sacrifice and scored on Roberto Alomar's single. Piazza added an
RBI double to make it 3-1.

Trachsel allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

Game notes
Spivey was pulled out of the lineup in the second game with
a bruised left triceps after being hit by a pitch in the opener.
... Ordonez matched his career high with the four hits. ... This is
the first of three doubleheaders this season for the Mets, who will
play a pair of twinbills against Atlanta in September. ... New York
hasn't played a doubleheader since Aug. 15, 2000, against Colorado.
Arizona's previous twinbill came last Aug. 31, against San Diego.
... Guthrie has pitched 27 straight scoreless innings, the longest
streak for the Mets since Dwight Gooden went 31 innings in 1985.