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Giants edge D-Backs, win sixth straight game

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

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.