Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/30)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 29
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San Francisco2
Game 2: Wednesday, April 30
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San Francisco5
Game 3: Thursday, May 1
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in 10
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Cubs 0

(15-12, 7-7 away)

Giants 5

(19-7, 8-3 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 30, 2003

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: J. Schmidt (3-0)

    L: M. Clement (2-3)

    Schmidt pitches a three-hitter; Bonds homers twice

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jason Schmidt said a silent prayer before he pitched, asking for a victory in his mother's honor -- though even being on the mound triggered some guilty feelings because he wasn't back home with his family.

     Jason Schmidt

    He was brilliant.

    Schmidt pitched a three-hitter and struck out 12 only five days after burying his mother, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs 5-0 Wednesday night.

    "The highlight of my career, all things considered," Schmidt said. "I don't know (how I did it). I love coming to the park every day. You're here around a great group of guys and it was fun getting back out there. In some ways I felt kind of guilty."

    Barry Bonds, who's dealing with father Bobby's lung cancer, homered twice to give him 621 for his career, but this night belonged to Schmidt and Bonds acknowledged that.

    "It was incredible," Bonds said. "It was more special for him than me. I've been dealing with some family personal things, too, but not as much as him."

    Schmidt's mother, Vicki, died last week from a malignant brain tumor and he attended the funeral in Washington state. In a tribute to her, Schmidt pitched his first complete game since Aug. 20 last year against New York. He walked two in his third career shutout.

    "A very special outing," manager Felipe Alou said. "I was hoping he'd throw a complete game. It was his night."

    Bonds had a big night, too. He had his first multihomer game of the season and 62nd of his career, tying him with Hank Aaron for fourth on the all-time list. Babe Ruth (72), Mark McGwire (67) and Willie Mays (63) are ahead of them.

    Bonds hit a two-run homer in the third off Matt Clement (2-3) that sailed about 410 feet over the fence in left-center, then led off the sixth with another shot against Clement that landed over the right-field wall in McCovey Cove.

    It was Bonds' 23rd homer into the water. A man immediately jumped out of his kayak to retrieve the ball. Bonds hit his seventh and eighth homers of the season, and nearly had another in the eighth that was just beyond the foul pole in right.

    Bonds' father, Bobby, had a chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer Monday and then attended Tuesday's game. And just two weeks ago, he had a brain tumor removed. Last season, he underwent an operation to remove a tumor from his kidney.

    With all the slugger has been handling with his dad, Bonds was still most impressed with what Schmidt accomplished.

    "There's no answer to it. It's our job and you have to stay strong. We've been able to hold it together. It shows the character of this club," he said.

    The NL West-leading Giants, off to their best start in 30 years, snapped their first three-game losing streak of the season and spoiled Day 2 of the Dusty Baker Reunion.

    Baker, the former San Francisco manager, won 4-2 in the opener of the three-game series Tuesday. But Schmidt kept the Cubs' bats at bay.

    Baker had to watch Bonds beat him.

    "It's going to happen sooner or later," Baker said. "When a guy hits 621 homers, he hits them against everybody. It was his day and Jason Schmidt's day. Jason was throwing as hard in the ninth inning as he was in the first inning. I'm sure it was out of motivation with the passing of his mother."

    Schmidt (3-0), a 13-game winner last season who hadn't pitched since April 18 at Los Angeles, retired the first nine batters with five strikeouts.

    He did not allow a hit until Mark Grudzielanek led off the fourth with a single to center. Schmidt then got Alex Gonzalez to fly out to right and Sammy Sosa to pop out to second before hitting Moises Alou with a pitch and walking Hee Seop Choi to load the bases.

    Corey Patterson then struck out swinging as Schmidt escaped the jam.

    Schmidt's mom was diagnosed in March 2002 during spring training.

    Schmidt has said dealing with his mother's illness changed his outlook on what's most important. He headed home to Kelso, Wash., in late March last year to spend time with her before the season started.

    She was in the Pacific Bell Park stands for his first postseason appearance last fall.

    Clement allowed all five runs on five hits in six innings, striking out two and walking two. Bonds had homered once previously against the right-hander.

    "You hate to let him beat you," Clement said. "You want to be careful, but the situation dictated pitching to him. He didn't beat me, but he put the game out of reach. Jason pitched a great game. I tip my hat to him with all that he's been through."

    Game notes
    Schmidt had more than 10 strikeouts for the ninth time. His career high is 13, which he's done twice. ... Bonds lined out in the first, then grounded out in the eighth after hitting a long foul ball. ... The three hits off Schmidt were the fewest he's allowed in his career. He threw 117 pitches, 80 for strikes.

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