Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, May 19
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 20
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 21
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Giants 6

(29-17, 17-7 away)

Diamondbacks 0

(21-26, 11-15 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 21, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: J. Schmidt (4-1)

    L: M. Batista (3-3)

    Schmidt records second shutout of the season

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Jason Schmidt gave the beleaguered San Francisco bullpen the night off and sent the Giants out of Arizona with a masterpiece.

    Bonds sprains ankle
    Giants star Barry Bonds left Wednesday night's game against Arizona in the seventh inning with a mild sprain of his right ankle.

    Bonds was hurt when stepped on first base while running out a groundout in the top of the seventh. He limped slightly to the dugout and was replaced by Ruben Rivera in the bottom of the inning.

    Bonds said he was fine and, with an off-day on Thursday, would be back in the lineup Friday when the Giants open a four-game series in Colorado.

    The Giants said that Bonds' status would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
    -- Associated Press

    Schmidt threw a four-hitter in his second shutout of the season and Marquis Grissom homered twice as the Giants beat the sputtering Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0 on Wednesday night.

    "That's the best stuff we've seen in a couple of years around here," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "He had no-hitter stuff tonight. He was still throwing 98 in the ninth inning. I thought we banged him around pretty good getting four hits."

    Barry Bonds doubled in three runs in the fifth inning.

    Neifi Perez had a pair of leadoff doubles as the Giants took two of three in their first series of the season against the two-time defending NL West champions, who fell to 2-4 so far in a 10-game homestand.

    San Francisco had lost eight of 10 before winning the final two games in Arizona. Manager Felipe Alou was quick to put the series in perspective.

    "We've still got 16 to play against them," he said.

    Schmidt (4-1) earned the fourth shutout and 10th complete game of his major league career. He struck out eight -- all in the last five innings -- and walked none.

    "That's a rare thing these days to throw a complete game, but that is what you focus for," Schmidt said. "Most of the time you fall short, but tonight it worked out for the best."

    In a game that lasted just 2 hours, 29 minutes, he threw 119 pitches, 82 of them strikes.

    "We didn't need but one run," Grissom said.

    Schmidt, who threw a three-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs on April 30, retired 11 in a row, six by strikeout, before giving up a pair of singles in the eighth.

    "That was very impressive," Arizona's Mark Grace said. "That was electric. We're a good fastball hitting team, but that was a great fastball we were hitting tonight."

    As they had in the first two games of the series, San Francisco took an early lead, but this time there was no Arizona rally.

    Perez led off the third with a double, then was thrown out at third by Arizona starter Miguel Batista on Schmidt's sacrifice bunt attempt. Grissom followed with a 427-foot shot to left-center to make it 2-0.

    Bonds' double in the fifth cleared the bases when the ball got past center fielder Steve Finley. Initially it was ruled a two-run single with an error, but was changed to a three-run double a short time later.

    Perez led off the fifth with a double, then Batista walked Grissom and Rich Aurilia to load the bases for Bonds.

    Grissom's leadoff homer off reliever Scott Service in the seventh put San Francisco up 6-0.

    Batista (3-3) allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out none.

    "I didn't pitch good. That's the only reason that we lost," Batista said. "Forget that Schmidt threw a great game. I could have done the same thing, hold the game to 0-0 until somebody scored for us."

    The Giants led 6-0 after seven Tuesday night but barely escaped with a 6-5 victory.

    San Francisco led 3-1 after 6½ in the series opener, but lost 4-3 when closer Tim Worrell walked in the winning run with two outs in the ninth.

    There was little danger of collapse Wednesday though, because Alou didn't need to go to what has been a shaky relief corps. Now the relievers will get another day off Thursday before beginning play in Coors Field.

    By winning just one of three, the Diamondbacks fell 8½ games behind first-place San Francisco.

    "The way we played, that's as many games as we should have won," Brenly said. "We were probably lucky to win one game."

    Game notes
    Batista's start was in doubt because Arizona is expecting to hear any day the results of the appeal of his 10-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing incident against St. Louis on April 20. ... Arizona's Luis Gonzalez was 0-for-4 and is in a 1-for-17 slump. ... Grissom had the seventh multihomer game of his career.

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