Series: Game 1 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 8/30)

Game 1: Friday, August 30
San Francisco 7Final
Arizona 6
Game 2: Saturday, August 31
San Francisco 5Final
Arizona 0
Game 3: Sunday, September 1
San Francisco 6Final
Arizona 7

Giants 7

(76-58, 38-31 away)

Diamondbacks 6

(84-50, 44-22 home)

    10:05 PM ET, August 30, 2002

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    ARI 040010100 6 - -

    W: J. Schmidt (10-6)

    L: R. Johnson (19-5)

    S: R. Nen (34)

    Giants edge D-Backs, win sixth straight game

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Jason Schmidt was bad. Randy Johnson was worse.

    Randy Johnson

    Jason Schmidt

    San Francisco won its series opener against Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Friday night in the kind of ugly game that a team finds a way to win when it's on a roll. The Giants won their sixth straight.

    "Neither one of us were real sharp,'' Schmidt said. "There's not too many times you can come in here, give up five runs, get knocked out in the fifth inning and beat Randy Johnson.''

    Johnson felt like a batting-practice pitcher.

    "The only thing we were lacking out there was a bucket of baseballs and a pitching screen,'' he said after losing for the first time in eight starts.

    Barry Bonds hit a two-run single and then walked four times and Johnson failed to get his 20th victory.

    Giants reliever Robb Nen struck out Erubiel Durazo with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning and fanned pinch-hitter Matt Williams with the bases loaded to finish the game.

    "They're all big games from here on out,'' Nen said, "but it's definitely nice to go out there and get yourself out of a couple of situations like that.''

    The game took 3 hours, 58 minutes, the longest nine-inning game in Arizona's history.

    Johnson allowed seven runs and matched his season high by giving up nine hits. He threw 101 pitches in just 5 1/3 innings. Johnson had gone 6-0 since his last loss July 21 at San Diego.

    The six runs earned runs he allowed equaled the number he had given up in his last seven starts.

    Johnson (19-5) struck out six, leaving him four short of Bert Blyleven for fourth on the career strikeout list. Despite his poor performance Johnson was happy that he simply had a game to pitch after a players' strike was averted earlier in the day.

    "I completely expected to pitch today. I'm glad I did,'' he said. "I'm glad baseball didn't go away. I think the fans were heard, and I think both sides realized from the outcry of the fans from the last month or so that it was critical to get a deal done.''

    Benito Santiago drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly. Kenny Lofton and David Bell each had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Giants.

    Luis Gonzalez was 3-for-4, including an RBI single that cut San Francisco's lead to 7-6 in the seventh.

    Giants reliever Tim Worrell walked three batters to load the bases with two outs in the eighth and bring in Nen, who struck out Durazo on three pitches.

    "I knew he was aggressive and would be swinging,'' said Nen, who threw two sliders and a fastball, all low and inside.

    Nen intentionally walked David Dellucci to load the bases with two outs in the ninth. Williams batted for Womack and struck out as Nen recorded his 34th save in 41 chances.

    Arizona lost its third in a row for the first time since June 22-25 but remained seven games ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West. The Giants are eight back, one behind the Dodgers in the wild-card chase.

    "Things are starting to go well for us, and you tend to win these games,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "When things are going badly, you never win those games. Perhaps things are changing for us.''

    Schmidt (10-6) gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits, struck out 10 and walked four in five-plus innings. Schmidt, who threw 116 pitches, walked the leadoff batter in the sixth before being relieved by Chad Zerbe.

    San Francisco broke a 5-all tie with two runs in the sixth. Bell led off with a single, advanced to second on Johnson's wild pitch and scored on Ramon Martinez's double. Lofton, who had exchanged words with Johnson after being hit in the back by a pitch and then caught stealing in the fifth, doubled in Martinez to make it 7-5.

    Errors led to the fifth run for each team in the fifth inning.

    Durazo dropped Junior Spivey's throw at first base for what should have been the third out and the batter, Jeff Kent, eventually scored on Santiago's single. The Giants' Reggie Sanders dropped Steve Finley's line drive for a three-base error that allowed Gonzalez to score from first with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

    Bonds' bases-loaded single brought in two runs in the Giants' three-run first inning.

    Arizona came back with four runs in the second on RBI singles by Finley and Johnson, a run-scoring double by Womack and a sacrifice fly by Quinton McCracken.

    Game notes

    Johnson has five RBI, most among Diamondbacks pitchers. ... Bonds has nine RBI in his last five games. ... Lofton and Johnson have had run-ins dating back to the 1995 playoffs when Johnson was with Seattle and Lofton with Cleveland... The paid crowd of 47,366 was Arizona's fourth consecutive sellout.

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