Rising S.F. star rebounds from rare bad start

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jason Schmidt earned a spot in the San Francisco record book -- with a little help from Matt Herges.

Schmidt pitched eight solid innings Tuesday night to reach 50
victories faster than any pitcher in San Francisco history, leading
the Giants to a 6-4 win over San Diego.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 50-17 in 89 starts since in
joining the Giants in the 2001 season. In his 10th big league
season, Schmidt is 99-70. Juan Marichal reached 50 wins after 97
starts for the Giants, whose first season in San Francisco was

"I didn't know there was a stat for that," Schmidt said. "I
guess that's great."

Herges escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning,
preserving the win for Schmidt.

"That was awesome," Schmidt said. "We needed that. That was a
high for him, and I'll have to take him out to dinner for that."

Dustan Mohr went 3-for-3 with a homer for the Giants, who ended
a six-game losing skid against the Padres. His two-run shot in the
sixth made it 6-2.

"It was nice to hit one like that," Mohr said. "More
importantly, it gave us two extra runs that turned out to be pretty
big. When I get a chance to play, I want to do something, whether
it's a hit or a play on defense to help us win."

Schmidt (13-3) rebounded from one of his worst starts of the
season -- the Padres ended his career-high 12-game winning streak
Thursday. In that outing, he gave up eight runs and nine hits over
5 2/3 innings.

"I wasn't getting the ball down the first five innings, but for
some reason I settled down," Schmidt said. "Then I was able to
get the ball down and the changeup going."

On Tuesday, Schmidt allowed three runs -- two earned -- and seven
hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

The Padres rallied in the ninth, putting two runners on against
Jim Brower to start the inning. Ryan Klesko then hit reliever Jason
Christiansen's only pitch for an RBI single.

"You take your chances there, bases loaded and no one out,"
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "But it just didn't happen."

Herges entered and allowed a single to Phil Nevin that loaded
the bases. He then got Brian Giles to ground into a force at home
and Jay Payton to hit into a 4-6-3 double play on the next pitch to
end it for his 23rd save in 30 opportunities.

"There was a little more pent-up emotion in the fact that we
have to capitalize every time that Schmidt throws a gem like
that," Herges said. "We have to win these games. It's very nice
to be the last guy out there and shake hands with everybody.
They've had our number, so it was big."

Giants manager Felipe Alou decided not to turn to Herges to
start the ninth because of the reliever's heavy workload recently

"That was a big save -- for our franchise," Alou said. "He's
done that two or three times this season. He's done the

Barry Bonds hit a two-run double in the first off David Wells.
In the second, Ray Durham had an RBI single and Deivi Cruz added a
run-scoring double to make it 4-0.

Mohr's fourth homer of the season followed Yorvit Torrealba's
one-out single and hit the Western Metal building in left field.

Wells (6-6) gave up six runs on 10 hits in six innings with two
strikeouts and no walks, ending his four-game winning streak.

"I just left a lot of pitches over the plate for them to hit,"
Wells said. "And that's one things you can't do with this team --
they're murder you."

The Padres scored an unearned run in the second, and Payton hit
an RBI single in the third.

Game notes
Padres 3B Sean Burroughs saved a run in the fourth, when he
made a diving stop of a grounder at third base and threw from his
knees to get Torrealba trying to score from third. Torrealba argued
that he got a hand on the plate ahead of the tag by catcher Ramon
Hernandez, and replays seemed to back him up. ... In his two losses
to San Diego this season, Schmidt gave up 14 earned runs in 9 2/3