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Johnson, D-Backs rattled by Cards
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 12      2   Final
10/02/2002 01:45 am ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Cardinals 2 0 0 3 0 1 6 0 0 12 14 1
 D-Backs 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 2
Johnson, D-Backs rattled by Cards
Edmonds, Rolen deliver two-run homers in win
By Rich Draper / MLB.com

PHOENIX -- Arizona left-hander Randy Johnson's division championship jinx continued Tuesday night as the Big Unit was rocked for a pair of two-run homers in the Diamondbacks' 12-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Bank One Ballpark before a sellout crowd of 49,154.

The leading candidate for the NL Cy Young award has now lost seven straight division series games, dating back to 1997 postseason play with Seattle. He dropped a 4-1 decision to St. Louis in the NLDS last season.

In September, the Big Unit allowed only three earned runs in winning his five starts, three of them complete games, but his divisional hex haunted him against the Cardinals' powerful offense, which kayoed him with six runs and a season-high 10 hits over six innings.

Johnson had trouble from the outset, as he gave up a first-inning, two-run 424-foot homer to Jim Edmonds, then allowed an equally mammoth two-run blow to Scott Rolen in the Cardinals' three-run, four-hit fourth.

The 39-year-old veteran (0-1) also issued an RBI single to Mike Matheny in the fourth and a run-scoring single to Fernando Vina in the sixth.

The Diamondback bullpen took a beating in the six-run seventh, with the Cardinals putting the game out of reach off relievers Matt Mantei and Greg Swindell. The key hit was a two-run single by Edmonds, who had four RBIs in the game.

Winning pitcher Matt Morris (1-0) gave up single runs in the first and third innings, but shut out the defending world champions over the next four innings. He was backed by 14 St. Louis hits.

Tony Womack scored on Steve Finley's sacrifice fly in the first inning. Junior Spivey attempted to score on Matt Williams' single but was nailed at the plate on Albert Pujols' perfect throw

Arizona scored once in the third as Finley and Mark Grace walked, with Quinton McCracken's single scoring Finley. But the D-Backs would not score again.

Game 2 of the best-of-five series will start 1 p.m. Thursday at Bank One Ballpark, with Curt Schilling (23-7 3.23) pitching against the Cardinals' Chuck Finley (7-4, 3.80).

Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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BOX SCORE
St Louis Cardinals 12, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
 
St Louis AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Vina, 2B 6230000.500
Marrero, RF 5001015.000
Edmonds, CF 4132101.750
Pujols, LF 4222101.500
Rolen, 3B 5112024.200
Renteria, SS 4220100.500
Martinez, 1B 4100103.000
Matheny, C 3222100.667
Morris, P 4112023.250
Fassero, P 0000000.000
a-Robinson, PH 1000000.000
Crudale, P 0000000.000
Totals401214115517 
 
a-Grounded out for Fassero in the 9th.
 
BATTING
2B: Matheny (1, Johnson).
3B: Pujols (1, Johnson).
HR: Edmonds (1, 1st inning off Johnson, 1 on, 1 out), Rolen (1, 4th inning off Johnson, 1 on, 0 out).
RBI: Edmonds 2 (2), Rolen 2 (2), Matheny 2 (2), Marrero (1), Morris 2 (2), Pujols 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Pujols 2.
S: Matheny.
SF: Marrero.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Marrero, Martinez, Rolen.
Team LOB: 8.
 
BASERUNNING
SB: Renteria (1, 2nd base off Johnson/Moeller).
CS: Edmonds (1, 2nd base by Johnson/Moeller).
 
FIELDING
E: Renteria (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Pujols (Spivey at home).
 
 
Arizona AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Womack, SS 5110002.200
Spivey, 2B 5010012.200
Finley, CF 2101101.000
Grace, 1B 3010100.333
Williams, 3B 4010002.250
Cintron, 3B 0000000.000
McCracken, RF 4021002.500
Dellucci, LF 3010002.333
b-Little, PH-LF 1000001.000
Moeller, C 3010011.333
Barajas, C 1000010.000
Johnson, P 2000021.000
Mantei, P 0000000.000
Swindell, P 0000000.000
Fetters, P 0000000.000
a-Donnels, PH 1000000.000
Helling, P 0000000.000
c-Durazo, PH 0000100.000
Totals342823514 
 
a-Lined out for Fetters in the 7th. b-Grounded into a forceout for Dellucci in the 8th. c-Walked for Helling in the 9th.
 
BATTING
RBI: Finley (1), McCracken (1).
2-out RBI: McCracken.
SF: Finley.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McCracken, Dellucci, Finley.
Team LOB: 9.
 
BASERUNNING
SB: Finley (1, 2nd base off Morris/Matheny).
 
FIELDING
E: Womack (1, throw), Swindell (1, throw).
 
St Louis IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Morris (W, 1-0) 7.07212301.29
Fassero 1.01000000.00
Crudale 1.00001200.00
 
Arizona IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Johnson (L, 0-1) 6.010652427.50
Mantei 0.112210054.00
Swindell 0.0241100--
Fetters 0.21001100.00
Helling 2.00000000.00
 
Swindell pitched to 4 batters in the 7th.

IBB: Renteria (by Johnson).
Pitches-strikes: Morris 89-60, Fassero 13-8, Crudale 21-12, Johnson 94-65, Mantei 10-4, Swindell 16-8, Fetters 15-8, Helling 17-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Morris 7-10, Fassero 2-1, Crudale 1-0, Johnson 8-5, Mantei 0-1, Swindell 0-0, Fetters 0-1, Helling 3-3.
Batters faced: Morris 30, Fassero 4, Crudale 4, Johnson 30, Mantei 3, Swindell 4, Fetters 4, Helling 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Swindell 2-2, Fetters 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Froemming. 1B: Bill Miller. 2B: Ron Kulpa. 3B: Gary Darling. LF: Steve Rippley. RF: Mark Hirschbeck.
Weather: 76 degrees, clear.
Wind: 12 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:55.
Att: 49,154.
 
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner