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Thomas hits first homer; Sox lose 5-4

March 13th, from the Associated Press

Curt Schilling bounced back from a bad outing by striking out seven in five scoreless innings Wednesday in the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox in a split squad game.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly pitches batting practice Wednesday(AP, Ted S. Warren)

Ray Durham and Frank Thomas hit consecutive two-out home runs off Arizona's John Patterson in Chicago's four-run sixth inning. It was Durham's second homer of the spring and Thomas' first.

Thomas nearly had a home run off Schilling in the fourth but it was just foul and the Chicago slugger eventually struck out.

``Schil was just dominating today,'' Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. ``He threw 56 pitches, 45 for strikes. Probably of the 11 balls, I would say eight of them he intentionally threw out of the strike zone.''

Schilling, who allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings against the White Sox Saturday night, gave up three hits and didn't walk a batter.

``To have given up what I gave up the other day bordered on ridiculous in my mind,'' Schilling said. ``I was jittery coming into today. I didn't feel like I've pitched well my last two games, and I certainly want to get on a roll and get it going.''

All four of Schilling's spring starts have come against the White Sox, a fact that forced him to make pitching alterations as the Chicago hitters adjusted to him.

``Having to make adjustments on the fly and counts in situations with guys like Frank Thomas and Ray Durham, guys that I've faced nine or 10 times, I feel pretty good about what we did,'' Schilling said.

Chicago starter Todd Ritchie allowed one run on four hits in six innings in his first good performance of the spring. In his first two starts, Ritchie allowed nine runs on 11 hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Three players on loan from Arizona's minor league system triggered a two-run, winning rally in the ninth off Kelly Wunch. Robbie Hammock tied it with a leadoff homer, then Rick Haydel and Dwight Edge singled. Jose Guillen was walked intentionally to load the bases, then Lyle Overbay drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

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