Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/27)

Game 1: Friday, April 25
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Game 2: Saturday, April 26
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Game 2: Sunday, April 27
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Game 3: Sunday, April 27
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Diamondbacks 6

(9-15, 5-9 away)

Mets 1

(11-13, 8-6 home)

1:10 PM ET, April 27, 2003

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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W: B. Webb (1-0)

L: T. Glavine (3-2)

Youngster Webb, ace Johnson stymie Mets

NEW YORK (AP) -- With Randy Johnson back throwing strikes, the Arizona Diamondbacks are starting to look a winning team again.

Johnson came off the disabled list to strike out 12 and earn his first win of the season, leading Arizona to a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets and a sweep of a doubleheader Sunday.

Brandon Webb struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings of his first major league start and Craig Counsell tied his career high with four RBI as the Diamondbacks won the opener 6-1.

"That's more like what we're accustomed to doing here,'' manager Bob Brenly said.

The Mets committed eight errors and struck out a majors-record 27 times on the day. They were swept by the Diamondbacks in a doubleheader at home for the second straight year.

"It wasn't a good day on the ballfield for us and I'm glad it's over,'' Mets manager Art Howe said.

The Diamondbacks matched their longest winning streak of the season (two games) with the sweep and finished their road trip 5-4. The two-time defending NL West champions still headed home tied for last place at 10-15, but things are looking up now that the Big Unit is back.

Johnson (1-2), the winner of the last four NL Cy Young Awards, missed his previous two starts with inflammation in his right knee and had an 8.31 ERA in his first three games of the season.

"I'd been lacking a little mound presence,'' Johnson said. "Today, I had that a bit. Today was obviously encouraging.''

Johnson was far from his dominating self despite his 188th career double-digit strikeout game. He allowed nine hits in six innings but held New York to two runs. He said his knee felt fine.

"Overall, I was very pleased with the way I went out and pitched today,'' Johnson said. "Obviously, I feel like I have a long way to go. My slider was not as good as it could have been. That's because it's been a long time since I've been out there.''

Mark Grace drove in four runs in the second game, including a two-run homer off closer Armando Benitez in the ninth.

Webb (1-0) got Arizona started, making the most of his brief stay in the majors. He allowed three hits, one walk and only four balls to reach the outfield.

For his reward, Webb was optioned back to Triple-A Tucson between games to make room for Johnson.

"Of course I'm disappointed,'' said Webb, who pitched one hitless inning in his debut Tuesday against Montreal. "But it's a numbers issue now because we have to get Randy off the DL, and someone has to go down.''

Matt Williams, who entered in an 0-for-20 slump, homered and Arizona took advantage of three errors to hand Tom Glavine (3-2) his first loss since opening day.

Webb, an eighth-round draft pick out of Kentucky in 2000, showed no signs of nerves despite having to wait an extra day because of Saturday's rainout. He was extremely efficient, retiring the first 10 batters, including six on strikeouts. He threw only 99 pitches.

"We've been hearing about Brandon Webb for a long time in this organization,'' Brenly said. "I don't think anyone in his wildest dreams thought he'd go out and do what he did today. There's not much more he could have done. He was spectacular.''

Webb allowed consecutive singles with one out in the fourth before recovering to get Mike Piazza to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Webb wasn't threatened again but still will go back to the minors.

"I think he understands it; he might not like it,'' Brenly said. "He understands by his performance today, he moved to the top of the pecking order when it comes time to reach down again.''

The Diamondbacks, who entered last in the NL in scoring, took advantage of shoddy Mets fielding to score more than three runs in consecutive games for the first time this year.

New York went ahead 1-0 in the nightcap on Tsuyoshi Shinjo's RBI single in the second but Johnson got out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out Jae Seo and getting Roberto Alomar on a groundout.

The Diamondbacks scored on Grace's two-run single in the third off Seo (1-2). They were helped by two errors -- shortstop Joe McEwing missed second base on a potential force play and right fielder Roger Cedeno bobbled Grace's hit.

After the Mets tied it on Raul Gonzalez's RBI double in the bottom half, the Diamondbacks went back ahead when Shinjo misplayed Johnson's single to center, allowing Chad Moeller to score on the error.

Matt Mantei got four outs for his third save.

In the first game, Counsell hit a two-run double in the fifth and a two-run single in the seventh to lead Arizona.

Clark hit a solo homer in the eighth off Oscar Villarreal for New York's only run.

Game notes


Of the 30 pitchers to start games in Arizona's six-year history, Webb became the 23rd to win his first start. ... Glavine allowed six runs -- four earned -- in 6 1/3 innings. ... Seo allowed three unearned runs in six innings. ... Brenly won his 200th career game. ... The previous record for strikeouts in an 18-inning doubleheader was 26, accomplished three times. Houston was the last team to do it, striking out 26 against San Francisco on Sept. 5, 1971.

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