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Spivey helps Diamondbacks win third straight game

4/29/2003

PHOENIX (AP) -- The end of Junior Spivey's slump is the latest
signal that the Arizona Diamondbacks are turning around the awful
start to their season.

Spivey went 3-for-5 with his first home run of the year and
Arizona won three games in a row for the first time this season by
beating the weary
Florida Marlins
7-1 Monday night.

"In the past I've been out there definitely pressing,'' Spivey
said. "It felt good to hit the ball hard.''

Spivey, batting .182 with three RBI going into the game, drove
in two with a first-inning homer off Justin Wayne (0-1) and scored
twice. Rod Barajas, just off the disabled list, drove in two runs
with a double and single.

"We've seen it coming the last four or five ballgames,''
Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "Junior is getting a little
closer and a little closer, having better at bats, making better
swings and laying off bad pitches. It was really good to see him
jump-start us tonight in the first inning.''

Elmer Dessens (3-2) allowed one run on five hits, including two
of Mike Lowell's three doubles, over seven innings to get his
second win in a row. He struck out five and walked two.

The right-hander, who came to Arizona from Cincinnati in the
deal that sent Erubiel Durazo to Oakland, has allowed two runs in
13 innings over his last two starts.

"I said it last time, but that's what we expected from Elmer
Dessens,'' Brenly said, "a lot of good strikes with movement low
in the strike zone. He got a lot of ground balls. He was ahead in
the count most of the night.''

Dessens is 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA in six appearances, five of them
starts, against the Marlins.

"I'm telling you, he's got good stuff,'' Florida manager Jeff
Torborg said. "He was 92 to 95 (mph) locating and with good
breaking stuff.''

Both teams were coming off long Sundays at the ballpark,
followed by cross-country flights. The Diamondbacks swept two from
the Mets in New York, and Florida played the longest game in the
franchise's history, a 7-6, 20-inning home loss to St. Louis that
lasted six hours and seven minutes.

"It was a tough day for both ballclubs,'' said Brenly, whose
team has won eight of 12 after a 3-11 start. "Fortunately, we put
two Ws on the board and unfortunately for them they lost a tough
one late. That tends to take a lot out of a ballclub.''

Lowell's three doubles tied a Marlins' record.

"I figure if yesterday's game would have gone 13 innings, I
might have hit one of those out,'' Lowell joked. "I like playing
here. I see the ball good.''

Wayne, recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque when A.J. Burnett was
placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, got the start in place
of Carl Pavano, one of eight pitchers used by Florida on Sunday.
Wayne allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Craig Counsell opened the game with a walk, then Spivey hit
Wayne's 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats for a quick 2-0 Arizona
lead.

Arizona added a run in the fourth when Matt Williams led off
with a double. After one out, Barajas doubled Williams home.

The Diamondbacks made it 4-0 in the fifth after consecutive
singles by Spivey and Luis Gonzalez put runners at first and third
with no outs. Spivey scored on Danny Bautista's sacrifice fly to
center.

Florida cut the lead to 4-1 in the sixth. Juan Pierre led off
with an infield single, then Luis Castillo extended his hitting
streak to 11 games with a single to put runners on first and second
with no outs. The runners advanced on a double-steal when Pudge
Rodriguez struck out. Pierre scored on Juan Encarnacion's groundout.

Arizona added three in the ninth on Steve Finley's RBI double
and run-scoring singles by Barajas and Counsell.

Game notes
Burnett will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday and may be
lost for the season. ... Arizona placed RHP Curt Schilling on the
15-day DL retroactive to April 18. Schilling, who underwent an
appendectomy on April 20, had his next scheduled start pushed back
two days to Saturday. ... Rookie RHP Andrew Good will replace
Schilling as the starter against Florida on Thursday. ... The
Diamondbacks, who have won four of five, began a 10-game homestand.