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Two-out base hits the difference for Arizona

8/10/2003

PHOENIX (AP) -- Randy Johnson was far from overpowering but
lasted eight innings and won his second straight start for the
first time this season in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 7-4 victory
over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Errors by Vance Wilson and Jason Phillips cleared the way for
two unearned runs for the Diamondbacks, who took two of three from
the Mets. Arizona finished its home stand 5-1 to move within two
games of Philadelphia and Florida in the wild card race.

Luis Gonzalez tripled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the
fifth. Matt Kata tripled, singled and scored twice. Craig Counsell
had two RBI with a sacrifice fly and single, and Junior Spivey was
3-for-4 with an RBI double for Arizona.

Pinch-hitter Alex Cintron had a two-run triple in the eighth.
Arizona's three triples tied a franchise record.

Phillips had three RBI singles for New York.

The Diamondbacks snapped Al Leiter's string of three consecutive
victories. The left-hander entered the contest allowing just one
earned run in his last 20 innings. But Leiter (11-6) allowed four
runs -- three earned -- on five hits. He struck out four, walked two
and hit a batter.

Johnson (3-4) scattered 10 hits, struck out five and walked
none. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- including a leadoff
homer by Ty Wigginton on the first pitch of the eighth inning.
Johnson retired the next three, striking out Joe McEwing to end the
inning.

Matt Mantei struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save
in 17 chances.

Trailing 3-2, the Diamondbacks took the lead after two outs and
no one on in the fifth. Kata singled, advanced to second with his
first major league steal, then scored on Counsell's single to left.
Gonzalez, a .385 career hitter against Leiter, lined one into the
right-field corner for a triple to put Arizona up 4-3.

The Diamondbacks added a run in the sixth when the first baseman
Phillips dropped shortstop Jose Reyes' throw on Raul Mondesi's
grounder, then Spivey doubled over the head of the center fielder
Raul Gonzalez.

Mondesi figured in two other odd plays.

The Mets scored an unearned run after he dropped Roger Cedeno's
fly ball in right field on the first pitch of the game.

In the second, Mondesi walked, then advanced to third on
Spivey's bloop single to right. When Leiter threw to first to keep
Spivey close, Mondesi took off for home and looked to be out by
three feet.

Instead of sliding, Mondesi ran full speed upright into Wilson,
and was safe as the ball popped out of the catcher's glove.

New York took a 2-1 lead in the third when Reyes doubled,
running his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games, then scored
on Phillips' single.

Arizona tied it in its next at-bat when Kata tripled to
right-center, then scored on Craig Counsell's sacrifice fly.
Phillips' third run-scoring single put New York ahead 3-2 in the
top of the fifth.

Game notes
Raul Gonzalez made a spectacular sliding catch of Chad
Moeller's bloop fly in the fifth. ... Mondesi's first-inning miscue
ended a string of six consecutive errorless games for the
Diamondbacks, their longest such stretch of the season. ... Leiter
and Johnson never have faced each other in their long careers.