Series: Game 2 of 3

Arizona leads 2-0 (as of 9/20)

Game 1: Friday, September 19
Game 2: Saturday, September 20
Game 3: Sunday, September 21

Diamondbacks 10

(81-74, 37-40 away)

Brewers 4

(65-90, 30-48 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 20, 2003

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    ARI 140030101 10 14 1
    MIL 000020200 4 10 3

    W: E. Dessens (8-8)

    L: W. Franklin (10-13)

    S: J. Valverde (10)

    Gonzalez drives in three in victory

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Elmer Dessens showed what he can do when he's got a few runs to work with.

    Luis Gonzalez drove in three runs and Dessens won for the first time in almost a month as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 on Saturday night.

    "Elmer's had his struggles this year, but a lot of it can be traced to a lack of run support," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "He's had to be almost perfect out there. We haven't given him very much leeway, but tonight we gave him the big cushion and he pitched a good ballgame for us."

    Dessens (8-8), who lost and had four no-decisions since his last victory Aug. 21, gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two as the Diamondbacks won for the sixth time in seven games.

    "It's never easy," Dessens said of having a big lead. "But you have a lead, you have a little margin, you can make a mistake, give up a hit. The offense had a good day. It was a big win for us."

    Jose Valverde got four outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.

    Wayne Franklin (10-13) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. He lost for the third time since his last win on August 27.

    "No excuse," Franklin said. "I felt strong. Don't know what to say. I had a good pace. If there's any kind of fatigue it's mental fatigue. It's kind of like taking two ACT tests in a row."

    Manager Ned Yost said it's tough for a young pitcher like Franklin to remain sharp mentally late in the season.

    "He didn't have it," Yost said. "It's hard on a rookie throwing for the first time in September. You have to learn what it's like to pitch 162 games. It's a long season -- a grueling season."

    Gonzalez, whose RBI single in the first put Arizona ahead 1-0, keyed a four-run second with a two-run single.

    Steve Finley's sacrifice fly with one out scored Danny Bautista from third to make it 2-0. Junior Spivey hit an RBI double and Gonzalez singled to drive in two runs and make it 5-0.

    Arizona increased its lead to 8-0 in the fifth on an RBI double by Shea Hillenbrand and RBI singles by Matt Kata and Rod Barajas.

    Diamondbacks reliever John Patterson increased the lead in the seventh to 9-2 with a bases-loaded fielder's choice grounder to score Bautista.

    Milwaukee scored twice in the fifth on a pinch-hit RBI double by John Vander Wal and an RBI single by Scott Podsednik to pull within 8-2.

    The Brewers got two more in the seventh on a double-play grounder by Brady Clark and Richie Sexson's 41st homer to make it 9-4.

    The Diamondbacks added a run in the ninth when Finley singled home Valverde, who doubled to center for his first major league hit.

    Game notes

    Milwaukee 2B Rickie Weeks, the Brewers' first-round draft pick in June, made his first major league start Saturday night. He got his first major league hit -- a single -- in the seventh. ... Brewers Hall of Famer Robin Yount, Arizona's first-base coach, presented the first Brewers minor league awards named in his honor on Saturday night. ... When Arizona's Curt Schilling starts Sunday, it will be his 450th career game.

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