The Arizona Diamondbacks blasted the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-0 in the second game of the four-game series to break a three-game losing streak. Miguel Batista pitched brilliantly and Matt Williams clubbed a grand slam homer to pace the Arizona attack.
The Dodgers more than negated the Diamondback win with an 11 inning 6-5 victory on Sept. 22. The Dodgers came from behind twice for the win. Randy Johnson seemed on his way to victory number 20 when he walked the leadoff man in the bottom of the ninth, then surrendered a game-tying homer to Paul LoDuca. Danny Bautista homered in the top of the 11th as the Diamondbacks took a 5-3 lead. Brian Anderson, Mike Koplove and Mike Morgan gave up three runs and lost the game without retiring a batter. Koplove, who had been impressive in his few previous outings, was the loser as he walked two of the batters he faced and hit the third.
Curt Schilling won number 21 for the Diamondbacks with a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers in the series finale. Matt Williams drove in two runs with a pair of big two-out hits. The win allowed the Diamondbacks to return to Phoenix with a two game lead over the Giants and a four game bulge over the Dodgers.
The Diamondbacks returned home on Sept. 26 and promptly lost the first game of a crucial nine-game homestand 9-4 to the less than awesome Milwaukee Brewers. Richie Sexton and Jeremy Burnitz each homered three times for the Brewers. Albie Lopez probably pitched himself out of the starting rotation and gave new reason to question the trade that brought him and the departed but not lamented Mike DiFelice to Arizona. Lopez was ineffective for the fourth straight start.
Tony Womack knocked in four runs and three pinch-hitters delivered in succession in a 15-5 Diamondback win on Wednesday. Steve Finley clubbed a grand slam homer, but his pinch-hit single earlier had more to do with the outcome. The Giants came back in the ninth to beat the Dodgers 6-4, though, and remained within 1 1/2 games of the D-Backs.
The final game with Milwaukee
The Diamondbacks began a potentially crucial three game series with the Dodgers on Friday. This was originally supposed to be the final games of the regular season. Due to the terrorist attacks, the Diamondbacks will host the Colorado Rockies for three games beginning on Tuesday and end the regular season with three games at Milwaukee.
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