The Arizona Diamondbacks assured themselves of a successful homestand with a 13-6 win over the Atlanta Braves on April 26. Steve Finley broke out of his season-long slump and slugger Luis Gonzalez tied a Major League record for homers in the month of April.
Things went a bit down hill after that, though. Braves right-hander John Burkett held the D’Backs to three hits as he tossed a 9-0 shutout at the home team. Then Tom Glavine kept the silencers on the Diamondback bats as he bested Randy Johnson 3-1 on Saturday.
The series finale was one of the most entertaining games of the year. D’Back manager Bob Brenly used six pitchers to nail down a 7-5 win over the Braves and allow Arizona to enjoy a 7-3 homestand and leave town with a winning record for the season.
Curt Schilling won for the fourth time without a loss 8-3 over the Expos in the series opener at Montreal on May 1. The Expos evened the series on Wednesday, as the Diamondback bats were silent until the ninth inning. The late rally fell short and Montreal won 4-3. Brian Anderson worked his best game of the season in the losing effort.
Randy Johnson was effective, but not around at the finish as Arizona won the finale in Montreal on Thursday 2-1. Rookie Bret Prinz picked up his second save of the year after Danny Bautista’s pinch-hit single produced the game winning run in the top of the ninth.
The Diamondbacks were to meet the New York Mets in a three-game weekend series at Shea Stadium before returning home for a brief six-game homestand. That began on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds will depart after today’s (May 9) game and after an off day on Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies will be in town on Friday for a three-game weekend series. Monday is an off day, then it is on the road to Cincinnati for a series with Reds beginning on Tuesday.
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