Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 23
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Colorado20
Game 2: Wednesday, September 24
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Colorado3
Game 3: Thursday, September 25
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Colorado7

Diamondbacks 6

(82-76, 38-42 away)

Rockies 3

(72-86, 49-31 home)

    9:05 PM ET, September 24, 2003

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    ARI 020101020 6 11 0
    COL 002000010 3 9 0

    W: R. Johnson (6-8)

    L: J. Jimenez (2-10)

    S: M. Mantei (27)

    Arizona 6, Colorado 3

    DENVER (AP) -- Randy Johnson ended his season feeling positive about regaining his dominant form.

    Johnson beat Colorado for the eighth straight time and Danny Bautista homered twice to back him as the Arizona Diamondbacks won 6-3 over the Rockies on Wednesday night.

    "I'm still encouraged," said Johnson, who missed much of the year due to arthroscopic surgery May 1 on his right knee. "Had I not pitched well coming off my surgery, I'd be discouraged, but I saw a lot of good signs since coming back that I will build off of."

    Johnson (6-8) allowed two runs on seven hits and improved to 8-0 in his past nine starts against Colorado. Johnson is 13-4 in 18 starts against the Rockies and hasn't lost to them since June 24, 2001.

    Matt Mantei pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save in 30 chances.

    "My velocity has come back because I have been throwing more fastballs since my surgery than I did coming out of spring training," Johnson said. "I felt my velocity was down a little bit then, and I was worried about my offspeed stuff being there."

    Bautista drove in three runs and was 3-for-4. It was his third career multihomer game.

    Jose Jimenez (2-10) gave up four runs and seven hits. Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer and Todd Helton added a solo shot for the Rockies.

    Uribe's came on a hanging slider.

    "It was a slider up and I took the approach I take on every pitch," Uribe said. "I just swing and swing at the ball."

    Johnson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. After walking Helton with two outs, Preston Wilson singled to right and Johnson hit Larry Walker with a pitch before getting Jay Payton to ground out to the shortstop.

    "The window of opportunity is always pretty small with him on the mound and with the bases loaded we could have made a mark there and weren't able to." Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "Those are opportunities to capitalize on and we weren't able to do it."

    The Diamondbacks scored twice in a second inning that included a two-out RBI single by Johnson. Back-to-back doubles by Shea Hillenbrand and Alex Cintron scored a run and Johnson drove in Cintron with a broken-bat blooper to right after Robby Hammock was walked intentionally.

    Colorado tied it at 2 in the third inning on Uribe's two-run homer. Ronnie Belliard doubled and Uribe hit the first pitch he saw into the left field seats.

    Arizona regained the lead in the fourth on Bautista's homer. He later tripled and scored on Craig Counsell's fly in the sixth to increase the lead to 4-2.

    Bautista also homered off Justin Speier in the eighth inning to make it 6-2. Helton hit his 33rd homer of the year in the eighth off Jose Valverde.

    "This was a huge game for Danny Bautista," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "We knew he was going to break out. It's just too bad it's happening in the last week of the season."< ^Notes: @ Arizona RHP Curt Schilling is done for the season. He was on the disabled list twice this year. An appendectomy forced him out from April 18-May 2, and he missed 38 games from May 31-July 11 because of a fractured right hand. Arizona was eliminated Tuesday night. ... The Diamondbacks were 0-3 in three previous games started by Jimenez, who had a 0.38 ERA in those starts. ... RHP Jason Jennings was released after five days in the hospital with a virus. ... Colorado is four walks from the franchise record of 601 drawn in 2000.

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