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PHOENIX (AP)—Hideo Nomo shut out the tension and shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Nomo outpitched Curt Schilling and rookie Larry Barnes hit an RBI double as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Sunday in the finale of a low-scoring three-game series.

“I never thought about this game as having big magnitude,” Nomo said. “I just pitched as usual and, just like Andy Ashby pitched last night, I just kept all the balls low.”

A day after losing 1-0 to Arizona, the Dodgers scored one run or fewer for the 26th time this season, but that was enough for Nomo (12-8). Arizona outscored Los Angeles 3-2 in the series.

“I’m at a loss to explain it,” Schilling said. “Five runs total in three games. So I would like to think it’s because of the pitching rather than a lack of offense. It’s frustrating.”

Barnes got his fourth start with the Dodgers because manager Jim Tracy considered him the team’s best defensive first baseman.

“I felt like if we’re going to win a game today, we’re going to win 1-0 or 2-1,” Tracy said. “And that’s not taking anything away from my offense. That’s just on the assumption that Curt Schilling is on top of his game.”

Barnes, who had just 16 games of major league experience before this season, got his third career RBI, his first since June 22, 2001, for Anaheim at Seattle.

“I didn’t hit it real great, but I got it done,” Barnes said. “And then I actually had an opportunity with a guy on third and ended up striking out, so I did one good and one bad.”

Nomo shut out the Diamondbacks on opening day and lost to them 2-1 on July 6. He allowed four singles—three by Craig Counsell—and walked five in 7 2-3 innings. He is 3-0 since his loss to Arizona at Dodger Stadium.

Eric Gagne completed the four-hitter for his 35th save, his 43rd in a row dating to last year. Gagne came in following a walke up to Matt Kata, then walked Luis Gonzalez and struck out Shea Hillenbrand.

“We’re in one of those stretches where we’re struggling to score run,” Counsell said. “Well get out of it, but it needs to be sooner than later.”

Schilling (5-6) lost for the third time in four starts since spending six weeks on the disabled list because of a broken right hand.

He allowed eight hits in eight innings and struck out seven. His fourth strikeout—against Alex Cora to end the fourth—moved him past Sam McDowell for 29th on the career list, and he increased his total to 2,457.

Jeromy Burnitz doubled leading off the second inning and scored on Barnes’ double. That ended a 23-inning scoreless streak for Los Angeles.

“There’s no doubt I’ve never been a part of so many well-pitched games,” said Burnitz, acquired July 14 from the New York Mets.

Schilling retired five of the next six batters, stranding Dave Roberts at second by striking out Shawn Green and getting Paul Lo Duca to fly out.

Schilling struck out the side in the fourth, getting the last two after Jolbert Cabrera singled and reached third on Schilling’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt at first.

“When you only get four base hits and one guy has three of them, that’s pretty tough to bunch those together somehow and make them a run,”Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said.

Notes

Burnitz made a shoe-top catch to rob Kata of a hit in the first inning. … Counsell, 2-for-23 coming in, had hits in the first, third and eighthinnings.

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