SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres had only one way to get Curt Schilling out of Friday's game, and even that took two tries.
Schilling survived two comebackers off his right hand — the second knocking him out of the game but apparently only giving him a bone bruise — as the Diamondbacks whipped the Padres, 8-3, at Qualcomm Stadium.
Sean Burroughs’ liner up the middle in the seventh inning caught Schilling on the back of the hand, forcing him from the game. X-rays later showed no break, and the team called the injury a bone bruise, with further evaluation today.
With Randy Johnson and Brandon Webb on the disabled list, Byung-Hyun Kim traded and Elmer Dessens having a rough month, Arizona cannot afford to lose Schilling.
“I'm sure it scared everybody,” catcher Rod Barajas said. “That's our big dog right now. We need him to stay healthy and go out there every five days and do what he did tonight.”
Schilling (4-3) was back to his typical form against the Padres, whom he had dominated as a Diamondback until losing last Saturday in Phoenix. This time, Schilling allowed four hits and no walks in 6 1/3 innings, with no runner advancing past second base. He struck out four and needed a mere 64 pitches, throwing only 14 balls.
“Very effective tonight, very crisp with his stuff, and that's just what we needed,” manager Bob Brenly said.
Oscar Villarreal and Stephen Randolph finished up.
Schilling also took a shot off his right middle finger on his first delivery of the game, unwisely trying to barehand Ramon Vazquez's grounder up the middle. Brenly said Schilling's finger went numb for a few moments.
San Diego starter Brian Tollberg was making his first major league appearance in a year and a day, having undergone reconstructive elbow surgery June 5.
Tollberg retired the first 12 batters he faced before walking Steve Finley to start the fifth inning. Then Danny Bautista bunted for a single to break up the no-hitter — bringing up memories of two years and four days earlier, when Schilling pitched 7 2/3 perfect innings before the Padres’ Ben Davis bunted for a hit, a move Brenly called “chicken(explative).”
Lyle Overbay and Junior Spivey followed with singles to bring Finley home.
Bautista scored on Barajas’ sacrifice fly to make the score 2-0.
Finley's RBI single off Jesse Orosco scored Alex Cintron in the sixth inning with Arizona's third run. And Finley hit a two-run homer as part of the Diamondbacks’ five-run seventh inning against Jaret Wright. Tony Womack had a two-run triple in that rally, his first RBIs in 11 days.
San Diego has lost 27 of its last 32 games and 33 of 41, matching the worst 41-game stretch in team history.
The D-Backs have feasted on the Padres’ struggling pitching. Arizona has averaged 6.2 runs against San Diego, batting .291. In all other games, the Diamondbacks have averaged 4.0 runs and hit .255.