Campusano's Hit In 9Th Spoils Drabek's No-Hitter
PHILADELPHIA - The year of the no-hitter is the year of the one-hitter, too.
Doug Drabek's no-hit bid was broken up by Sil Campusano with two out in the ninth inning last night as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-0.
Campusano, a .188 hitter who entered the game in the sixth inning, lined a single to right-center field on a 3-2 pitch.
``It was a fastball, but I got it up a little,'' Drabek said. ``I was trying to go inside, but I guess it wasn't inside enough. Give him credit, it was a solid hit.''
At almost the same moment, the New York Yankees broke up a no-hit bid by Cleveland's Tom Candiotti with two out in the bottom of the eighth. Had either no-hitter been completed, it would have been the eighth of the season, a modern record.
Instead, it became the eighth one-hitter of the season.
``I didn't tell myself anything,'' Drabek said. ``When I started to think about it, I just shook my head and said `Don't think about it.' I'm glad to get the win, that's the main thing. I can't complain about 11 runs.''
Pittsburgh had 18 hits, including four by Sid Bream. Andy Van Slyke drove in four runs and Bream three.
Drabek, 28, a right-hander in his fifth major-league season, had allowed just one runner - a two-out walk to John Kruk in the fourth inning - before Campusano's hit.
Campusano was just 9 for 48 this season before the single.
``I wasn't nervous at all,'' he said. ``I didn't feel any pressure. You either get a hit or you don't. It's no big deal.''
Campusano, 23, entered the game in the sixth inning as a replacement for center fielder Len Dykstra, the leading hitter in the major leagues.
``It was one of those things. I wanted to rest Lenny and Sil ends up getting the hit,'' Phillie Manager Nick Leyva said. ``I never want a no-hitter pitched against my team.''
Darren Daulton, the next batter, flied to right to end the game and give Drabek the first one-hitter of his career.
Second baseman Jose Lind had preserved Drabek's bid with one out in the eighth when he dived to his left to snag Kruk's hard-hit grounder, then threw from his knees to first for the out. The 36,057 fans in Veterans Stadium gave Lind and Drabek a rousing ovation.
SAN FRANCISCO - Ramon Martinez won his 14th game as Los Angeles beat San Francisco and kept the Giants from gaining ground in the National League West.
Hubie Brooks had four of the Dodgers' 17 hits and drove in two runs.
CINCINNATI - The Reds, who once had an 11-game lead in the NL West, lost for the 10th time in 12 games.
Jack Clark doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning after Chris Sabo had homered off Bruce Hurst to tie the game in the eighth.
HOUSTON - Mike Scott pitched a three-hitter and Ken Oberkfell drove in two runs as Houston beat Atlanta.
Scott (9-10) struck out six and walked two in his fourth complete game and second shutout.
ST. LOUIS - Gregg Jefferies' run-scoring single capped a three-run ninth-inning rally and spoiled the home debut of new Cardinal Manager Joe Torre.
Julio Machado (4-1) was the winner and John Franco finished for his 24th save in 27 chances.
CHICAGO - Mark Grace and pitcher Mike Harkey doubled home two runs apiece in Chicago's six-run first inning.
The Cubs had 17 hits - including five doubles and two home runs - as they sent Montreal to its third consecutive defeat.
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