Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Los Angeles won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 26
Los Angeles 11Final
San Francisco 6
Game 2: Saturday, July 27
Los Angeles 5Final
San Francisco 1
Game 3: Sunday, July 28
Los Angeles 1Final
San Francisco 3

Dodgers 1

(59-46, 30-22 away)

Giants 3

(58-47, 30-23 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 28, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    SF 20000001 - 3 - -

    W: J. Schmidt (6-5)

    L: A. Ashby (7-9)

    S: R. Nen (28)

    Schmidt fans 10 as Giants end three-game skid

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With seven dominant innings of work, Jason Schmidt held the injury-riddled San Francisco Giants together for one more day.

    Jason Schmidt

    Jason Schmidt has pitched like an ace for the NL West-leading Giants.

    After the game, the Giants learned that more help is on the way.

    Schmidt struck out 10 and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The general managers for both National League West rivals were as busy as their players. The Giants acquired six-time All-Star Kenny Lofton from the Chicago White Sox for two minor-league pitchers -- a welcome addition to a team missing its top four outfielders because of injuries.

    ''It's obvious why we did it,'' Giants GM Brian Sabean said. ''In our situation, everything is day to day. Today, (Schmidt) was a saving grace.''

    Before the game, Los Angeles got reliever Paul Shuey from Cleveland for three pitchers. Shuey and Lofton will join their new teams Tuesday for the playoff stretch.

    Jeff Kent's two-run homer in the first inning was all the offense required by Schmidt (6-5), who had the sixth 10-strikeout game of his career. He yielded four hits, allowing just one runner to reach third base.

    Even more significantly, Schmidt provided a lift desperately needed by the Giants, who went 2-5 on a seven-game homestand. They played the weekend series against their biggest rivals without Barry Bonds, Reggie Sanders, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Marvin Benard and catcher Benito Santiago because of injuries.

    Schmidt has seemed to alternate impressive starts with difficult ones since returning to full health in May. He relied mostly on his mobile 95-mph fastball against the Dodgers, and he credited rookie catcher Yorvit Torrealba for his success.

    ''Yorvit called a great game,'' Schmidt said. ''I went pretty much with what he wanted to throw. I hadn't been throwing strikes the last few times out, so I said, 'Why not just let him make the call?'''

    Tim Worrell pitched a perfect eighth for San Francisco. After Shawon Dunston added a run-scoring single in the bottom half, All-Star closer Robb Nen struck out the side on 13 pitches in the ninth for his 28th save -- the 299th of his career.

    Shawn Green had a run-scoring double for the Dodgers, who fell to 5-12 since the All-Star break. Los Angeles, which won the first two games of the series, leads the Giants by one game in the NL wild-card race.

    ''We were trying to sweep, but it was a very well-pitched game from both sides,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. ''Schmidt's fastball was as good as I've seen it in a long time. ... This was a big game for them. Either you're right there with us, or you're three games back in the wild card. (Schmidt) understood that.''

    The Dodgers also were frustrated by home plate umpire John Hirschbeck's liberal strike zone.

    ''Schmidt threw a great game, but with the strike zone he had today, anybody could have been great,'' outfielder Brian Jordan said. ''He had a lot of away pitches called strikes.''

    Andy Ashby (7-9) allowed just five hits over six innings, but Kent's 18th homer of the season doomed him. Ashby hasn't won since June 23, going 0-3 in his last six starts.

    Schmidt struck out the side in the fourth, and he got two more strikeouts in the fifth. He retired nine of the final 11 hitters he faced, but he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

    Both teams scored in the first inning. Green doubled home Dave Roberts for the Dodgers, and Kent homered on the first pitch after Rich Aurilia doubled.

    Before the game, Los Angeles acquired reliever Shuey for reliever Terry Mulholland and two minor-leaguers, including prized pitching prospect Ricardo Rodriguez.

    Game notes


    Outfielder Tony Torcato got two hits for the Giants, but was sent back to Triple-A Fresno after the game. ... Dunston, who has drawn just 203 walks in 18 major league seasons, was walked by Ashby in the fourth inning. ... The Giants welcomed 12 players and coaches from the 1951 New York Giants, who won the NL pennant on Bobby Thomson's famous ''Shot Heard 'Round the World'' homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Giants played the game in replica uniforms and caps of the 1951 team -- though the differences between the old togs and San Francisco's everyday retro uniforms were barely noticeable. ... Attendance for the three-game series was 125,131 -- the largest attendance for a three-game series in Pacific Bell Park's history.

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