Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, August 24
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 25
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in 10
Game 3: Thursday, August 26
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Giants 5

(71-58, 33-29 away)

Marlins 0

(63-62, 32-29 home)

7:05 PM ET, August 26, 2004

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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W: B. Tomko (7-6)

L: J. Beckett (5-8)

Marlins show no signs of rejoining race

MIAMI (AP) -- Most of the San Francisco Giants have bad memories about playing in Florida.

Not Brett Tomko. He likes the muggy weather, and he likes pitching against the Marlins.

Brett Tomko

Tomko threw a four-hitter for his first career shutout Thursday night to help San Francisco to a 5-0 victory.

Wrapping up their first visit to South Florida since being eliminated in the playoffs last October, the Giants took the finale of the three-game series.

Tomko, acquired last offseason, improved to 5-0 in seven career starts against the Marlins with a 2.65 ERA.

"I've always done well against them," he said. "I like it when it's sticky and nasty out there. I like the heat."

On an 87-degree night, Tomko (7-6) threw 120 pitches for his first complete game this season and the eighth of his career.

"Too bad we didn't have him in the playoffs last year," manager Felipe Alou said.

San Francisco remained one game behind NL wild-card leader Chicago and four games behind NL West leader Los Angeles.

The defending World Series champion Marlins fell seven back and show no sign of mounting another late-season surge.

"We're in an almost must-win situation from here on out," center fielder Juan Pierre said. "If you don't win, there's no way you can make up ground."

Tomko gave the crowd of 29,638 little to cheer about, and the Marlins were blanked for the fourth time in their past 23 games. They managed just four singles and never reached third base.

Tomko struck out four, walked one, reached the mid-90s on the radar gun and closed out the victory with mostly fastballs in the ninth. The shutout came in his 179th career start.

"That was the hardest I've ever seen him throw," Pierre said. "He came right at us and said, `Here it is,' and we didn't hit it."

Ray Durham pulled a changeup for a two-run homer to give Tomko all the runs he needed.

Barry Bonds failed to hit the ball out of the infield and went 0-for-4 with a walk, dropping his batting average to .362, still best in the National League. Since hitting a homer off Brad Penny in April, Bonds is 0-for-10 against the Marlins with 15 walks.

Josh Beckett (5-8) lasted just 5 1-3 innings and departed trailing 4-0.

Beckett retired the first eight batters, then walked Tomko. Durham followed with his 14th home run to put the Giants ahead 2-0.

Pedro Feliz doubled to start the fourth and scored on a single by A.J. Pierzynski. Following a two-out walk, Deivi Cruz hit an RBI single to make the score 4-0.

"Two long innings," Beckett said. "It's tough to come back from that."

Cruz singled home a run in the eighth off Billy Koch.

The Marlins retired Bonds on one pitch in the second when third baseman Mike Lowell made a running catch as he started down the steps of the Giants' dugout. Bonds struck out for only the 26th time to end the seventh.

"We did a better job of pitching him than we did all season," manager Jack McKeon said. "We pitched him tight."

The Giants conclude their trip this weekend against NL East leader Atlanta. San Francisco's rotation is scheduled to get a boost Saturday with the return of ace Jason Schmidt, sidelined since Aug. 17 by a strained groin.

Game notes

San Francisco won the season series 5-2. ... J.T. Snow was 0-for-9 against Beckett before he singled in the fifth. ... Bonds finished 2-for-12 this season against Florida with 16 walks in seven games. ... Pierzynski twice sent bats sailing into the stands when he swung and missed, and he blamed the humidity. "My gloves were soaking wet," he said.

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