Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

San Francisco leads 2-1 (as of 8/31)

Game 1: Friday, August 29
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Game 2: Saturday, August 30
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Game 3: Sunday, August 31
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Game 4: Monday, September 1
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Giants 3

(82-53, 36-34 away)

Diamondbacks 1

(70-66, 40-30 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 31, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: J. Schmidt (14-5)

    L: B. Webb (8-7)

    S: T. Worrell (31)

    No Barry, no problem for San Francisco

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Deprived of Barry Bonds' power, the San Francisco Giants kept rolling thanks to Jason Schmidt.

    The right-hander worked into the ninth inning, and Benito Santiago and Edgardo Alfonzo hit RBI doubles as the NL West-leading Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Sunday night.

    Bonds was hospitalized in Phoenix because of exhaustion after being removed from the starting lineup just minutes before the game.

    San Francisco trainer Stan Conte said he made the decision after consulting with doctors from both clubs.

    "His heart rate was fine," Conte said. "Everything was normal, but it just added up to exhaustion."

    He said Bonds was expected to be back in the lineup Monday against Arizona.

    Bonds, 39, homered off Randy Johnson on Saturday, his first game back following the death of his father. Overwhelmed by emotion, however, he later left the game due to an accelerated heart rate. He also had high blood pressure, lightheadedness and difficulty breathing.

    Jeffrey Hammonds replaced Bonds in left field and in the cleanup spot Sunday.

    And, as they have all season, the Giants proved too much for the Diamondbacks, winning for the 12th time in 15 meetings.

    Schmidt (14-5) allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one, improving to 9-1 in his last 12 starts and setting a career high for wins. He won 13 games in 1999 and again last year.

    "I think great defense will make a pitcher out of just about anybody," Schmidt said. "I just love going out there and pitching and watching those guys. And I try to throw more strikes than I used to."

    Schmidt allowed a run-scoring single to Carlos Baerga in the fourth inning, then retired eight consecutive batters.

    "He is a guy who challenges you with that heater, and he doesn't just throw it down the middle of the plate and let you whack at it," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "He has got command of a 96-97 mph fastball, and that is one tough guy to go against."

    Baerga and Steve Finley opened the seventh with back-to-back singles, but Schmidt got Craig Counsell to fly out and struck out Robby Hammock and pinch-hitter Shea Hillenbrand.

    Schmidt was lifted after Finley doubled with one out in the ninth, and Tim Worrell finished for his 31st save in 37 chances after Giants manager Felipe Alou decided against letting Schmidt go for his sixth complete game of the year.

    "We wanted to make sure Worrell had some room for mistakes," Alou said.

    For the second straight game, the Diamondbacks wasted a strong pitching performance because of a lack of offense.

    On Saturday, Johnson struck out 11, allowed two runs and lost.

    This time, rookie Brandon Webb (8-7) matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, gave up three runs on four hits and two walks -- and lost.

    "He's got a good changeup and sinker," said Andres Galarraga, who struck out three times in three at-bats against Webb.

    Hammonds walked and scored the Giants' first run when Santiago doubled in the second inning.

    In the fifth, Jose Cruz Jr. had a broken-bat single leading off, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Alfonzo's double. Alfonzo beat Hammock's throw to third when the rookie catcher elected to go there with Schmidt's sacrifice bunt, then scored on Rich Aurilia's sacrifice fly to left.

    Game notes


    The Giants have won nine of their last 12, going 4-3 without Bonds since his father's death. ... The Giants activated C Yorvit Torrealba, who missed four games while on bereavement leave. ... Webb pitched despite taking a line drive on his right forearm on Aug. 24. ... RHP Elmer Dessens, scheduled to start for Arizona on Tuesday, worked the eighth and ninth innings in relief.

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