"Getting ahead in the count," the 28-year-old left-hander said
after working seven strong innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-1
victory over the Giants on Saturday night.
"Strike one, strike two. Good location -- hitting spots," Perez
said. "If you throw strikes, guys have to swing. That's what
Perez (2-0) allowed only three hits -- none after the third
inning -- before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Perez walked
three, struck out two and threw 94 pitches.
"He kept the ball down and changed speeds," Giants manager
Felipe Alou said. "I don't remember maybe four or five hittable
pitches that he gave us."
Takashi Saito pitched a scoreless eighth, and Danys Baez worked
the ninth for his third save in as many chances.
Bonds went 1-for-3 and drew an intentional walk, making him
4-for-21 with 10 walks -- four intentional. He remains without a
home run this season, having played in eight of the Giants' 10
games, and stuck at 708 for third place on baseball's all-time
list. Henry Aaron is the leader at 755, followed by Babe Ruth at
Steve Finley hit a run-scoring single in the second to give the
Giants a 1-0 lead. Lofton's two-out triple off Jason Schmidt (0-2)
in the third drove in the tying run, and the Dodgers scored the
go-ahead run in the fourth on Navarro's RBI grounder.
"I'm just excited about playing," Lofton said. "Any time
you've got a low-scoring game, you have to seize the opportunity
when it's there. Both guys pitched well. Odalis just kept them
"This guy's got what it takes to pitch in tight situations,"
manager Grady Little said of Saito, a 36-year-old right-hander who
pitched in Japan for 14 seasons before signing a minor league
contract with the Dodgers during the offseason.
"I'm sorry Brazoban got injured," Saito said through a
translator. "Now I'm thinking about what I need to do."
Navarro hit an RBI single off Scott Munter in the bottom of the
eighth to provide the Dodgers with an insurance run that loomed
larger when Bonds opened the ninth by hitting an opposite-field
double. Baez then retired the next three batters to end the game.
Bonds was booed when the lineups were announced before the game,
and even louder before his first at-bat, when he lined to right
fielder J.D. Drew to end the first.
He drew an intentional walk in the third and grounded to first
in the sixth off Perez.
Schmidt gave up three hits and two runs in six innings while
walking seven -- one shy of his career high -- and striking out four.
He threw 114 pitches.
"If you take the walks away, they'd have no runs up there and
it's a whole different ballgame," Schmidt said. "I just could not
find a good rhythm."
Extra security guards, including policemen, were stationed in
the left field bleachers and surrounded the infield and outfield
between innings, the result of the Dodgers and major league
baseball combining to tighten security around Bonds.
A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds committed
perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never used steroids, a
person with knowledge of the probe has told The Associated Press.
The announced attendance on Jackie Robinson Day was 55,132
-- the eighth-largest regular-season crowd in Dodger Stadium
history. ... Niekro plans to leave the Giants after Sunday night's
game because of the death of his maternal grandfather, and rejoin
the team Wednesday in Arizona. ... Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent hit the
476th double of his career in the fourth, tying him with former
Dodger Zack Wheat for 61st on baseball's all-time list. ... OF
Moises Alou, who has hit three of San Francisco's five homers, was
out of the lineup for the third straight game with a sore left calf
muscle. Felipe Alou said that barring a setback, his son would
return to action in the next few days. ... Lofton, who came off the
15-day disabled list Friday and grounded into a double play as a
pinch hitter, made his first start of the season and went 1-for-3
with a walk. The Dodgers are the 10th team he's played for in a
career that began in 1991. ... The Giants recalled RHP Brad
Hennessey from Fresno of the PCL after the game, and optioned RHP
Jeremy Accardo to Fresno.