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Hernandez tosses four-hitter, gets three hits

4/8/2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Now Livan Hernandez likes April.

Hernandez has two April wins in the same season for the first
time. He pitched a four-hitter, had three hits and drove in two
runs Sunday to lead the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego
Padres 10-1.

Even with Barry Bonds given a day off, Hernandez helped the
Giants (6-0) remain the only unbeaten team in the major leagues.
They are off to their best start since 1930 and have outscored
opponents 41-5.

"I'm trying to do more to win more in April," said Hernandez,
who began the season 4-13 in April with a 6.03 earned-run average.

Hernandez (2-0) has allowed three runs in 17 innings this year, a
1.59 ERA.

"Everything is perfect now," he said. "Last year was tough
for me. I had a lot of things on my mind. I want to win 10 games in
the first half."

Jeff Kent, in his second day back from the disabled list, hit
his first home run of the season and drove in two runs.

"I came prepared this year," Kent said. "I have nothing to
prove, all I want to do is play every day."

Hernandez (2-0) struck out five and walked one in his first
complete game since last Aug. 17, retiring 11 straight at one
point. He is batting .714 (5-for-7) with three RBI -- only three
Giants have driven in more runs.

"That was the Livan Hernandez show," San Diego manager Bruce
Bochy said. "He pitched great and he swung the bat. He has a short
swing, swings through the ball and puts the ball in play."

Mark Kotsay had two hits and drove in the only run for the
Padres, who have lost five of six. D'Angelo Jimenez tripled in the
first and Kotsay singled him home. The Padres never got another
runner past first base.

"The first inning, we had a chance, but then every time we hit
we were out in front," Jimenez said. "He had good location."

San Francisco took a 3-1 lead in the third against Brian
Tollberg (0-2), who had won his previous two starts at Pacific Bell
Park. Hernandez sparked the rally with a double down the left-field
line, Marvin Benard singled him home and Rich Aurilia followed with
an RBI double. Kent drove in pinch-runner Ramon Martinez for the
final run.

Hernandez singled home a run in the fourth and added a sacrifice
fly in the sixth.

Kent homered in the fifth and David Bell added a sacrifice fly
in the seventh, and Martinez hit a three-run homer off Juan Moreno
in the eighth.

Tollberg allowed seven runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings,
lowering his ERA to 15.57.

"I'm not used to getting out of the gate this slow," he said.
"I don't feel right mechanically and it's frustrating that way.
The game just got out of hand."

Game notes
Giants SS Rich Aurilia left with a strained left groin
after sliding into second base in the third. He's questionable for
Tuesday. ... Bonds had a scheduled day off to rest a sore right
leg. ... The Padres have lost 17 of their last 22 against the
Giants. ... Jimenez was the only San Diego player to hit safely in
each of the first six games. ... Benard left with a sore right
wrist after making a diving catch in the ninth. X-rays were
negative.