PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In perhaps his final start at Veterans
Stadium, Curt Schilling had one of his most dominant performances.
Schilling pitched a two-hitter for his second consecutive
shutout, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Wednesday night.Making his third start since undergoing an appendectomy,
Schilling (3-2) struck out 14 -- all swinging -- and walked just one.
He recorded his first victory against his former teammates in four
starts."It was everything I'd hoped it would be," Schilling said. "I
spent a lot of time here. I enjoyed being here. My last start here
is a win."Schilling, who pitched for the Phillies from 1992-2000, had two
of his most memorable games at the Vet. He threw a five-hit shutout
against Toronto in Game 5 of the 1993 World Series, and struck out
16 in a victory over the New York Yankees on Sept. 1, 1997.The Phillies are moving to a new stadium next April."When they start selling parts of this place, I'm sure I'll be
one of the people buying seats," Schilling said.David Bell's third-inning double and Bobby Abreu's fifth-inning
single were the only hits off Schilling, who has pitched 19
consecutive scoreless innings.Alex Cintron hit his first major league homer and Luis Gonzalez
had an RBI single for Arizona, which has won six of eight. The
Phillies have lost three straight.Facing his mentor for the first time, Brett Myers (3-3) allowed
two runs and four hits in eight innings. Myers, who retired the
last 10 batters he faced, has allowed more than three runs in just
one of his eight starts."Myers pitched real good. He just picked the wrong guy to pitch
against," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.Schilling was sent to Arizona in July 2000 after months of
campaigning for a trade to a contending team. He helped the
Diamondbacks win the World Series in 2001 and won 45 games the last
two seasons.After three starts this season, Schilling was 0-2 with a 5.40
ERA. He's 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA since.Schilling shut out Pittsburgh last Friday, allowing four hits in
a 5-0 victory."That was vintage Schill," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly
said. "He couldn't have been much better. He had everything
working."Gonzalez gave Schilling all the support he needed with an RBI
single in the third. Schilling helped himself, hitting a one-out
single off the glove of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who dived to his
left, almost making a spectacular catch. Cintron followed with a
single to center. After Carlos Baerga popped out, Gonzalez singled
to center, scoring Schilling.Cintron made it 2-0 in the fifth, hitting a 2-2 pitch deep into
the right-field seats."He's got dominating stuff," Jim Thome said of Schilling.
"He's one of the best."The Phillies got just one runner past first. Bell led off the
third with a double, and moved to third on Ricky Ledee's groundout.
But Myers struck out and Rollins flied out.Myers became friends with Schilling after the Phillies selected
him with the 12th overall pick in the 1999 amateur draft. The two
often speak on the phone, and Myers spent part of Monday afternoon
at Schilling's home in suburban Philadelphia."He was really lights out," Myers said.
Schilling passed Sandy Koufax (2,396) and Dennis Eckersley
(2,401) to move into 31st place on the career strikeout list. He
has 2,407. It was his 81st double-digit strikeout performance. ...
RHP Vicente Padilla is the only player acquired in the Schilling
trade that still plays for the Phillies. 1B Travis Lee is with
Tampa Bay, LHP Omar Daal is with Baltimore and RHP Nelson Figueroa
is in Pittsburgh's minor league system. ... Schilling was 1-for-16
before his hit in the third. ... Schilling is 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA
against the Phillies. ... Myers has gotten just one run of support
in his three losses.