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Schmidt records first career shutout

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jason Schmidt struck out 11 batters in his
first career shutout as the San Francisco Giants beat Tampa Bay 8-0
Wednesday night without retaliating for the pitch thrown behind
Barry Bonds a night earlier.

Jeff Kent hit a two-run homer and scored three times as San
Francisco recovered from an embarrassing 8-3 loss Tuesday night to
baseball's worst team.

In his 164th career start, Schmidt (3-2) allowed five hits for
his first shutout and his seventh career complete game. Among
active pitchers, only Jason Bere (185 starts) has been waiting
longer for his first shutout.

It was Schmidt's fifth straight outstanding outing since an
injury-plagued start to his season. The Devil Rays got just two
runners to second base against Schmidt, who struck out at least one
batter in every inning except the fifth and the ninth.

Schmidt is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his last
five starts.

A day after Bonds nearly charged the mound in response to a
pitch behind his knees by Tampa Bay rookie Travis Harper, the Devil
Rays again threw inside to the Giants. But Bonds and his teammates
weren't angry about it, since it was obvious that Ryan Rupe (5-9)
had no idea where the ball was going.

Rupe, grimacing with each errant toss, hit Reggie Sanders to
open the game, then hit Kent three batters later. He then plunked
Damon Minor with a runner on base in the third inning, setting up
Brent Abernathy's throwing error that led to San Francisco's fifth
run.

Bonds, 1-for-3 with a single and a walk, said he would be
willing to retaliate for inside pitches against him if the Giants'
pitchers wouldn't do it. He probably wasn't talking about the lowly
Devil Rays -- and Bonds even admitted that Harper hadn't tried to
hit him.

Instead, the Giants took care of it by battering Rupe. Benito
Santiago's two-run double capped San Francisco's four-run first
inning, which included RBI singles by Minor and David Bell.

After allowing just 10 runs while winning three of the first
four games of their nine-game interleague road trip, the Devil Rays
were blown out early.

Rupe allowed 10 hits and seven runs in four innings for the
Devil Rays, whose two-game winning streak was snapped. It was
Rupe's fourth straight loss and his second-shortest start of the
season.

Game notes
Randy Winn, a San Francisco Bay area native, singled for
Tampa Bay in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to a
career-best 13 games. ... Schmidt retired 10 straight batters
before Aubrey Huff walked in the seventh. ... Bonds, Sanders and
Rich Aurilia left the game in the eighth to rest. ... NASCAR driver
Dale Jarrett, in town for the Sears Point race this weekend, took
batting practice at Pacific Bell Park. Jarrett later chatted with
Willie Mays in the Giants' clubhouse. ... In the sixth inning, Jeff
Kent flied out to right against Devil Rays left-hander Steven Kent.
They're not related.