Schilling back on track for Arizona


Howie Rumberg,NEW YORK, AP

Arizona Diamondbacks’ fans need not worry — Curt Schilling’s losing streak apparently was just a blip on his spectacular season. Schilling became baseball’s first 14-game winner this year, pitching a four-hitter Friday night as the Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1. “He was his old self tonight,’’ Diamondbacks catcher Damian Miller said. “He was as good tonight as he’s been all year.’’ Schilling (14-3), who had gone 0-2 in his last three starts, bounced back with his third complete-game win of the season, missing a shutout after allowing Rich Aurillia’s home run with two outs in the ninth inning. Schilling struck out 11 for his 10th double-digit strikeout game of the year. In other NL games, it was: the New York Mets 5, Florida 3; Pittsburgh 4, Houston 3; Montreal 8, Philadelphia 3; Cincinnati 8, Milwaukee 6; Atlanta 4, Chicago Cubs 3; Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 5; and Colorado 9, San Diego 6. Dodgers 6, Cardinals 5 All-Star closer Eric Gagne escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the ninth to preserve Los Angeles’ victory over host St. Louis in a matchup of first-place teams. Eric Karros had two RBIs and Dave Roberts drove in the go ahead run in a three-run sixth inning for the NL West leaders. Cardinals ace Matt Morris (10-6) also coughed up a big lead for the second straight start as the Dodgers rallied from three runs down. Gagne got his major league-leading 31st save in 33 chances.

Braves 4, Cubs 3 After firing manager Don Baylor and minus Sammy Sosa for the weekend, Chicago lost again, falling at Atlanta. Keith Lockhart hit a two-run homer to back the pitching of Kevin Millwood (6-5). Fred McGriff hit his 465th homer, tying him for 23rd on the career list with Dave Winfield. The Cubs lost for the ninth time in 11 games to fall a season-worst 16 games below .500 (34-50). Reds 8, Brewers 6 Adam Dunn hit a solo homer and a two-run double off the top of the 40-foot wall in center field, leading Cincinnati over visiting Milwaukee. Barry Larkin also hit a solo homer, a single and a double off left hander Glendon Rusch (5-7). Pirates 4, Astros 3 In Pittsburgh, Aramis Ramirez made an error that led to three Houston runs, then hit a go-ahead homer off Pedro Borbon (2-2) as the Pirates rallied to win. Lance Berkman hit his 28th homer for the Astros. Mets 5, Marlins 3 In Miami, Tony Tarasco’s homer and A.J. Burnett’s three wild pitches helped New York beat Florida and gave Michael Bacsik (1-0) his first major league win. The Mets had just seven hits and struck out a season-high 14 times. Expos 8, Phillies 3 Brad Wilkerson homered, Troy O’Leary drove in two runs and Tomo Ohka (8-4) struck out a career-high eight as Montreal beat host Philadelphia. Wilkerson and O’Leary each scored twice, and Expos pinch-hitter Wil Cordero connected for his 100th career home run. Rockies 9, Padres 6 In Denver, Mike Hampton pitched six strong innings and Colorado took advantage of four San Diego errors to a victory. Hampton (5-9) has won two of his past three starts after opening the season 1-5. He allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, just the seventh time in 18 starts he has allowed three or fewer earned runs.