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Schilling, D-Backs lose more ground to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Damian Moss has been receiving all kinds of
help lately -- first it was advice from former teammate Tom Glavine,
and now it's coming from sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman.

Whatever Moss is hearing, it's working wonders.

Moss pitched seven strong innings and the San Francisco Giants
beat Arizona ace Curt Schilling for the second time in 10 days to
win their sixth straight game, 3-1 on Tuesday night.

"That's probably the best I've thrown all year," Moss said.
"I don't care who I beat. I just want to throw up good numbers."

His numbers Tuesday didn't even include a strikeout, and it
didn't matter -- "Strikeouts I don't care about," he said.

Marquis Grissom had two hits, including an RBI single, and the
Giants increased their NL West lead to nine games over the
second-place Diamondbacks. It is San Francisco's largest margin
since finishing 11 games ahead of the Dodgers in 2000.

Barry Bonds had an RBI single in the first and Pedro Feliz
singled in a run in the second. The Giants won for the 11th time in
14 games, relying on pitching and several nice defensive stops to
remain undefeated on this 11-game homestand to start the second
half.

Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances
and second in two nights.

The Diamondbacks have lost four straight, and all four of their
games at Pacific Bell Park this season.

Moss (9-6) got through the first inning in nine pitches and was
successful getting ahead in the count most of the game. He threw
first-pitch strikes to 12 of the first 20 Arizona batters through
five and to 15 of 28 hitters total.

"Good pitching, huh?" Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "He
was a very aggressive pitcher tonight. He threw his fastball to
almost any spot he wanted to throw it and he threw some curveballs
he hasn't been throwing. I see a better, more compact delivery that
leads to better location. I don't know what the change has been."

The left-hander has won his last two starts after going winless
in his previous four outings. He is beginning to show signs of the
early season form that helped him start a career-best 5-0.

Moss allowed six hits and one run, walking two and striking out
none. He beat the Diamondbacks for the second time in 2003 to
improve to 2-0 lifetime against Arizona in five appearances.

Moss, who used to work with a sports psychologist while with the
Braves, has been speaking to Dorfman on the phone for several
weeks.

"Baseball's 90 percent mental," Moss said. "If you can
overcome the mental stuff it's a whole lot easier to go out there
and pitch."

Schilling (5-5), making his third start since missing six weeks
with a broken right hand, was tagged for three straight singles in
the first. Schilling won last Thursday at San Diego, and he pitched
well enough to win this time -- Moss was just a bit better.

"It's a loss," Schilling said. "I didn't make pitches. It's
frustrating. I don't know what else to say. ... The urgency is
they're better than us. They outplayed us, they outhit us and they
outpitched us. That's why they're nine games ahead. We've just got
to find a way to get the job done. Somebody's got to step up and
get the job done."

After allowing a one-out, pinch-hit single to Andres Galarraga
in the seventh and getting Ray Durham to ground out, Schilling
loaded the bases. He plunked J.T. Snow in the upper right arm with
a pitch, and Snow tossed his protective shin guard in anger.
Grissom singled home Galarraga, and Bonds was intentionally walked.
Jose Cruz Jr. struck out to end the inning.

Schilling allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings,
striking out seven and walking one.

Bonds' single in the first scored Snow for a 1-0 lead.

Chad Moeller drove in Arizona's lone run in the fourth with a
single. Shea Hillenbrand added two hits.

The Giants beat Schilling on July 12 at Bank One Ballpark, with
Bonds hitting one of the longest homers in the history of the
stadium -- a 448-foot smash over the swimming pool in right-center.
Schilling allowed five runs in six innings in the 8-1 loss.

Game notes
LHP Chad Zerbe is the probable starter for San Francisco on
Thursday. He will replace Jason Schmidt, who will skip his next
start as a precaution because he has mild tendinitis in his right
forearm and elbow area. Alou said Zerbe was likely to start as long
as the Giants didn't need him to pitch Wednesday night. ...
Schilling is 10-10 career against San Francisco. ... Pac Bell sold
out for the 17th straight game and the 24th time this year, drawing
41,340. ... Moss threw 97 pitches, 57 strikes, to Schilling's 110
pitches, 70 strikes. ... San Francisco's six-game winning streak is
its longest since May 3-9. ... Alou is 754-754 in his 11-year
career as a manager.