Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 4

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 8/3)

Game 1: Friday, August 2
Arizona Postponed
New York
Game 1: Saturday, August 3
Arizona 8Final
in 10
New York 5
Game 2: Saturday, August 3
Arizona 9Final
New York 2
Game 3: Sunday, August 4
Arizona 12Final
New York 7
Game 4: Monday, August 5
Arizona 2Final
New York 0

Diamondbacks 8

(66-43, 31-25 away)

Mets 5

(55-53, 30-25 home)

    1:15 PM ET, August 3, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    ARI 0100021013 8 - -
    NYM 0001200200 5 - -

    W: B. Kim (5-2)

    L: S. Strickland (6-7)

    Durazo smacks two homers in D-Backs' victory

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

    Erubiel Durazo

    AP

    Erubiel Durazo, right, is congratulated by Luis Gonzalez after his three-run homer in the 10th.

    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 5-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 6 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.

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