Washington (58-55) at Arizona (58-54)

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  • Game info: 9:35 pm EDT Wed Aug 6, 2003
  • TV: FSAZ
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Curt Schilling may have just one win in five starts since coming off the disabled list, but that does not mean he has not pitched well.

Schilling, who is 1-3 since missing six weeks with a broken right hand, will look to improve on that mark when the Arizona Diamondbacks meet the Montreal Expos in the middle game of their series at Bank One Ballpark.

In his last four starts, Schilling has allowed a total of just five earned runs. The Diamondbacks, however, have scored just five runs in those games.

On Friday, Schilling gave up one run and four hits in six innings, but did not get a decision in the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Schilling will try to help the Diamondbacks win for the third time in four games.

In Tuesday’s series opener, Shea Hillenbrand homered and drove in four runs to lead Arizona to an 8-5 win. It was the Diamondbacks’ largest offensive outburst since they beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 on July 17.

They are 6-12 since the All-Star break.

With the win Tuesday, Arizona remained five games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League wild card race. Montreal is 5 1/2 games back.

The Expos had won four straight before dropping the opener of a six-game road trip.

Vladimir Guerrero, who went 3-for-5 Tuesday, provided the highlight of the evening with a 463-foot homer off Randy Johnson. He is batting .381 (16-for-42) with five homers in his last 11 games.

STANDINGS: Expos - 4th place, 15 1/2 GB, NL East. Diamondbacks - 2nd place, 12 GB, NL West.

EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Zach Day (5-4, 3.93 ERA). Day has made just two starts since coming off the disabled list. After lasting just two innings in a 15-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves on July 26, he was much better against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. He worked six innings, giving up one run and five hits in a 3-2 win. The 25-year-old right-hander has never faced the Diamondbacks.

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Schilling (5-6, 2.83 ERA). In 31 career games against the Expos, Schilling is 16-10 with a 2.96 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Expos - Jose Vidro, .322 avg.; Orlando Cabrera, 15 HRs, 63 RBIs, 74 runs and 17 SBs. Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .317 avg., 20 HRs, 74 RBIs and 73 runs; Steve Finley, 8 SBs.


STREAKS AND NOTES: Expos - 2B Vidro is batting .200 (7-for-35) in his career against RHP Schilling. … OF Ron Calloway has 31 RBIs in his last 44 games. … 3B Jamey Carroll is 6-for-14 (.429) in his last four games. Diamondbacks - The Diamondbacks are 6-1 when 3B Hillenbrand homers. … 2B Junior Spivey and CF Finley collided while chasing a fly ball Tuesday. Both remained in the game at the time, but Finley was later pulled for a pinch-hitter with a bruised left shoulder. X-rays were negative, and he is day-to-day. … RHP Oscar Villarreal leads the NL with 60 appearances.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Expos - 22-33 on the road; Diamondbacks - 31-22 at home.

INJURIES: Expos - C Michael Barrett (hip), 15-day DL; 3B Fernando Tatis (chest), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Dan Smith (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Scott Stewart (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 60-day DL. Diamondbacks - RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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61 K 194
59 BB 32
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