Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, June 17
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Game 2: Wednesday, June 18
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Game 3: Thursday, June 19
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Giants 2

(43-28, 22-15 away)

Dodgers 0

(42-29, 22-15 home)

    10:10 PM ET, June 19, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: J. Schmidt (6-3)

    L: O. Perez (4-5)

    Schmidt stops Dodgers' eight-game win streak

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jason Schmidt had more incentive than usual when he took the mound at Dodger Stadium.

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre and the Dodgers saw their eight-game winning streak snapped.

    There was a poor performance in his last outing that began a five-game stretch where the San Francisco Giants lost four times.

    First place in the NL West was on the line.

    And there was Paul Lo Duca's 25-game hitting streak.

    Schmidt made the most of the motivation, pitching a three-hitter for his major league-leading third shutout Thursday night as the Giants beat Los Angeles 2-0 to snap the Dodgers' eight-game winning streak.

    Benito Santiago and Andres Galarraga homered off Odalis Perez to give Schmidt all the offense he needed.

    "I was a little overexcited -- last night it really kicked in," said Schmidt, who retired the last 10 batters he faced. "I was excited all week. It's been a while since I've been like that.

    "I felt strong all game, really. It was one of those days."

    Schmidt allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings in a 6-1 loss at Kansas City last Friday night.

    By salvaging the finale of a three-game series, the Giants ended a three-game losing streak and moved back into sole possession of first place in the NL West -- one game ahead of the Dodgers.

    Schmidt (6-3) walked two and struck out 11 in raising his lifetime record against the Dodgers to 6-6.

    He threw 127 pitches -- 92 for strikes.

    "The best game of his life -- put it like that," said Santiago, the Giants' catcher.

    Lo Duca went hitless in three at-bats with a walk to snap his hitting streak -- longest by a Los Angeles player since Steve Sax had a 25-game streak in 1986.

    "It's a little added bonus," Schmidt said. "You know that going into the game. You know he's someone you want to keep off base."

    Lo Duca is 1-of-16 against Schmidt in his career.

    "From the first at-bat, I knew he was going to be tough," Lo Duca said. "He was throwing BBs. He has a great slider, a good fastball, and he really threw the ball well.

    "I didn't put too much pressure on myself. I'll start another (streak) tomorrow. It ain't the end of the world, believe me. I'm not that upset about it. I'm more upset that we lost. Odalis threw the ball well, but we couldn't string anything together."

    The longest hitting streak in baseball this season is 26 games by Boston's Nomar Garciaparra and Pittsburgh's Kenny Lofton.

    Santiago hit a 2-2 pitch from Perez (4-5) over the center field fence with one out in the fourth for his 10th homer, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead.

    The 38-year-old Santiago was the only San Francisco baserunner to get past first base until the 42-year-old Galarraga hit Perez's first pitch of the seventh into the left field bullpen for his fifth homer.

    "I think the game just slowed down for those two," San Francisco's Ray Durham said of his elderly teammates. "It's good, we definitely needed that."

    Perez gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings while walking two and striking out four.

    Dave Roberts singled and Lo Duca walked to begin the Los Angeles first, but Shawn Green hit into a double play and Brian Jordan grounded out.

    Cesar Izturis opened the Dodgers' third with a single. After Perez struck out, Roberts reached base on an error by first baseman Galarraga. But Lo Duca flied to right and Green struck out.

    The Dodgers didn't have another baserunner until the sixth, when Green drew a two-out walk. Jordan followed with a single for the third Los Angeles hit before Daryle Ward grounded to second.

    San Francisco's Barry Bonds went hitless in four at-bats, ending his streak of reaching base safely at 39 games. Bonds entered the game with six hits in 14 at-bats against Perez including three homers, but went 0-for-3 against the Dodgers' left-hander and 0-for-1 against Paul Shuey.

    Game notes


    The game was played before a crowd of 51,047, raising the total attendance for the three-game series to 149,301. ... Dodgers 1B Fred McGriff sat out his fifth game because of an injured right groin. "He might be available on a limited basis in the next day or so," manager Jim Tracy said. ... Giants 1B J.T. Snow missed his second game because of a strained left groin. "It's better. We'll take it one day at a time," he said. Giants manager Felipe Alou indicated Snow won't play for several more days. ... Dodgers OF Mike Kinkade, who had two hits in a rare start Wednesday night, was unavailable because of a strained muscle in his right side. ... The Dodgers have had two winning streaks of eight or more games this year for the first time since 1974, when they won the NL pennant. They won 10 straight last month. ... Alou said C Yorvit Torrealba will return to the Giants on Saturday. Torrealba was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday to travel to Venezuela to be with his wife, who underwent abdominal surgery.

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