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Diamondbacks 6, White Sox 5

February 28, 1998

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ The Arizona Diamondbacks won their first exhibition game, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Friday night on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly by Edwin Diaz.

Matt Williams had a two-run double for the Diamondbacks, and Arizona manager Buck Showalter returned to the dugout for the first time since leaving the New York Yankees after the 1995 season.

It was the first game played in Tucson Electric Park, the centerpiece of a $34.5 million training complex shared by the White Sox and Diamondbacks. But the festive opening before a crowd of 11,298 was tempered by chilly conditions: 49 degrees at game time with winds up to 10 mph.

Albert Belle doubled and hit a two-run homer for Chicago, and Jeff Abbott hit a solo homer.

With the score tied in the ninth, Kelly Stinnett was hit by a pitch from loser Derek Hasselhoff, took third on Hensley Meulens’ single and beat Abbott’s throw after Diaz hit a fly to short left.

Chicago built a 4-0 lead by the fifth, helped by Ruben Sierra’s RBI single, Mike Caruso’s run-scoring bunt single and Belle’s homer.

Arizona tied it in the bottom half when Carlos Castillo walked two of his first three batters, Jay Bell singled and Williams doubled off the fence in center. Castillo then balked in a run and gave up an RBI single to Travis Lee.

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