Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

San Francisco leads 2-0 (as of 8/31)

Game 1: Friday, August 30
San Francisco 7Final
Arizona 6
Game 2: Saturday, August 31
San Francisco 5Final
Arizona 0
Game 3: Sunday, September 1
San Francisco 6Final
Arizona 7

Giants 5

(77-58, 39-31 away)

Diamondbacks 0

(84-51, 44-23 home)

    4:05 PM ET, August 31, 2002

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: K. Rueter (12-7)

    L: C. Schilling (21-5)

    Reuter, Giants win seventh straight game

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Any team that beats Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling on consecutive days must be on a roll, even if San Francisco manager Dusty Baker won't admit it.

    Curt Schilling

    The D-Backs' Curt Schilling walked four batters for the first time in 88 starts.

    "Not yet,'' Baker said, "but we're on our way.''

    Kirk Rueter and three relievers combined on a five-hitter Saturday as the Giants won their seventh in a row, 5-0 over Schilling and the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks.

    "The name of the game is pitching,'' Baker said. "If anybody knows that, it's the Diamondbacks. We took a page out of their book, I guess.''

    Schilling and Randy Johnson lost on consecutive days for the first time ever. They lost consecutive games on Aug. 23 and 25 of 2000, but there was an off day in between. Schilling lost to Milwaukee, then two days later Johnson lost to the New York Mets.

    "These guys are great pitchers, but you have to believe you can win and beat them, too,'' said David Bell, who hit one of two home runs off Schilling. "It's something we should be really happy with, but at the same time it's just two games.''

    Schilling (21-5), who lost to an NL West team for the first time this season, allowed three runs on four hits and struck out nine in seven innings. His four walks, one intentional, were his most in 88 starts.

    "Anytime Schil walks four guys in a month, it catches you by surprise,'' Arizona manager Bob Brenly said, "but I don't think it was anything Curt did wrong. I just think it was a real good approach by the Giants hitters.''

    Schilling was a more self-critical.

    "I didn't make pitches is the bottom line,'' he said. "I just didn't execute today.''

    The Diamondbacks lost their season-worst fourth in a row, two to Los Angeles and two to San Francisco, the teams chasing them in the NL West.

    "Over the last four days, we've either been outhit or outpitched or both,'' Schilling said. "We're just not playing well, but if we're going to be the team we believe we are, then we're going to have to figure out a way.''

    Kenny Lofton and Rich Aurilia also homered for the Giants, who are a game back of Los Angeles in the wild-card race.

    San Francisco matched its longest winning streak of the season and is seven games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West. The Giants are 6-0 with one to go on this road trip.

    "We have a chance for that perfect road trip I always talk about,'' Baker said.

    Schilling had won 12 in a row against division opponents since he last lost to the Giants on July 26 of last year. Schilling is 20-2 against the NL West over the past two seasons.

    Schilling allowed two runs in the first inning, then held San Francisco hitless until Bell's leadoff home run made it 3-0 in the seventh.

    Rueter (12-7) allowed four hits, struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Jay Witasick threw 1 2/3 hitless innings in his first appearance at Bank One Ballpark since he had an awful outing for New York in the Yankees' 15-2 loss in Game 6 of the World Series. Scott Eyre and Robb Nen blanked Arizona the final two innings Saturday.

    Lofton began the game with his fifth leadoff homer of the season, second with the Giants. Schilling walked Rich Aurilia, then Jeff Kent doubled to put runners at second and third. Aurilia scored on Barry Bonds' groundout to make it 2-0.

    San Francisco went ahead 4-0 with a run in the eighth on consecutive singles by Bonds, Benito Santiago and J.T. Snow off reliever Eddie Oropesa. Aurilia tacked on a run with a solo homer off Mike Koplove in the ninth.

    The Diamondbacks didn't get a runner to second base until the sixth inning. Rueter hit Quinton McCracken with a pitch, then Luis Gonzalez singled to put runners at first and second with one out and Witasick relieved Rueter.

    Pinch-hitter Erubiel Durazo struck out, and Matt Williams popped out to left to end the inning.

    Game notes


    The last time Schilling and Johnson lost in a series was Aug. 21 and 23 of last year at Pittsburgh. There was a game between those outings. ... Schilling's last loss was Aug. 1 at Montreal. ... The Diamondbacks last lost four in a row Aug. 31-Sept. 4 last season. ... Schilling's single in the third hit was his career-high 15th hit of the season. He had 14 with Philadelphia in 1997. ... The Giants lead the season series with Arizona 8-6. ... Schilling has walked seven in his last two starts after walking 20 in his first 28 outings.

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