- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 22, 2001


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Three days after an exploding light tower in San Diego cut short his last start, Curt Schilling was back on the mound to turn out the lights on the San Francisco Giants.

Schilling struck out 12 in seven innings of masterful one-hit ball, becoming the majors' first 14-game winner yesterday as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Giants 9-2.

Schilling (14-4) held the Giants hitless and didn't even allow a ball out of the infield until Armando Rios' one-out single in the seventh barely got past second baseman Jay Bell. Schilling also tied the franchise record with seven consecutive strikeouts.

With less than his normal rest, Schilling wasn't sure how his arm would respond. He said he treated the game as an off-day workout but he got prime-time results.

"I'm not a big fan of day games either, but it worked out," Schilling said. "After the All-Star break, the marathon turns into a sprint. These are the games I want to excel in games like this against teams like this."

Arizona supported Schilling with its biggest offensive output since June 23, but eight of the nine runs came in the final three innings. Former Baltimore Oriole David Dellucci got the first pinch-hit grand slam in Arizona's history in the seventh inning one of the Diamondbacks' four homers.

Schilling threw two hitless innings against the Padres on Wednesday before an explosion knocked out a bank of lights at Qualcomm Stadium and forced the game to be suspended. Randy Johnson took over for Schilling a day later and struck out a record 16 batters in relief as Arizona's aces combined on a one-hitter.

"We weren't quite sure what to expect from [Schilling], given the unusual circumstances," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "It looked like he had his regular rest. He was ready to go. He was in command."

Dellucci hit his slam while Schilling was nursing a 1-0 lead. The Diamondbacks were avoiding Schilling in the dugout, which Brenly says they do during every start not just when the intense right-hander is working on a no-hitter.

"I had to walk by him to get my bat, and he looked up to me and said, 'Do something big right here,' " Dellucci said. "Fortunately, it went out, and fortunately it was a grand slam."

Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give him 38 on the season, tying the Diamondbacks' franchise record set in 1999 by Bell. Gonzalez also doubled and singled.

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