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Strong debut in home park for Schilling

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D-Backs 2, Braves 0

The 40,643 fans at Bank One Ballpark got a firsthand look at why the Arizona Diamondbacks were so eager to get Curt Schilling.

Schilling pitched a six-hitter in his home debut, outdueling Greg Maddux for a 2-0 victory Wednesday night.

"It's a lot of fun. This is what it's all about," Schilling said. "We went out and did what we had to do against a guy who's won four Cy Youngs."

Schilling (8-6) is 2-0 since Philadelphia traded him to Arizona. He struck out four, walked one and retired the final 13 batters in his 15th career shutout.

"I think he was a little extra pumped for his debut," Atlanta outfielder Brian Jordan said. "He had the crowd behind him and he did just what they brought him here to do."

Schilling, who graduated from high school in Phoenix, pitched the Diamondbacks into a virtual tie with San Francisco for the NL West lead.

Schilling shut out Atlanta for the second time this season. Arizona scored twice in the third when Jay Bell hit an RBI double with two outs and Matt Williams followed with a single.

Maddux (12-6) lost his third straight decision. He allowed five hits in six innings.

"It was a good duel," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Maddux is not going to pitch better than that."

Schilling and Maddux have started against each other seven times. Maddux won the first three and Schilling has won the last four.

METS 2, REDS 1: Al Leiter retired 18 of his last 19 batters on a humid afternoon at Shea Stadium as New York completed an 8-1 homestand.

Robin Ventura hit a two-run homer off Elmer Dessens in the first inning. Dessens, who pitched seven innings, passed out while walking to the team bus after the game and was hospitalized for dehydration.

CARDINALS 10, EXPOS 7: Will Clark homered in his first start for St. Louis and Jim Edmonds connected twice at Montreal.

BREWERS 6, GIANTS 4: Raul Casanova hit a tiebreaking, two-run double, and Milwaukee rallied in the eighth inning to beat visiting San Francisco.

PADRES 5, PHILLIES 2: Matt Clement, still in San Diego after the trading deadline passed, stopped his three-game losing streak as the Padres won their fourth in a row.

MARLINS 5, ASTROS 4: Pinch-hitter Henry Rodriguez blooped a double in his first at-bat for Florida, leading to Luis Castillo's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning.

DODGERS 11, PIRATES 5: Shawn Green hit a three-run homer in the first inning as Los Angeles won at Pittsburgh.

CUBS 3, ROCKIES 2: Sammy Sosa hit his 33rd home run, leading off the eighth inning, as Chicago beat Colorado at Wrigley Field.