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Bonds homerless, but Jensen leads Giants to win

4/5/2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The last time the San Francisco Giants swept
a three-game series at Dodger Stadium, Dusty Baker was playing for
the home team, Barry Bonds was a college freshman and Ryan Jensen
had just turned 7.

Bonds didn't hit another home run Thursday night, but he played
a role in San Francisco's go-ahead rally as the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 behind Jensen, a rookie making his eighth
big-league start, and two relievers.

By winning, the unbeaten Giants completed their first three-game
series sweep in Los Angeles since Sept. 24-26, 1982.

"I don't even remember that," said the 52-year-old Baker,
beginning his 10th season as manager of the Giants. "That was an
unbelievable start, a great three days."

Jensen earned his second big-league victory by pitching seven
shutout innings, and had two singles including a leadoff hit off
Odalis Perez in the sixth inning of a scoreless tie.

Rich Aurilia hit a one-out single before Bonds was hit in the
left shoulder by Perez's first pitch to load the bases. Reggie
Sanders' sacrifice fly scored Jensen to put the Giants ahead, and
after J.T. Snow was hit by a pitch, David Bell singled to drive in
Aurilia and Bonds.

`This is a tough place to come in and win a series, much less
sweep them," Aurilia said. "We had great pitching and great
defense and that's the reason we won."

The Giants outscored the Dodgers 24-2 in the three games and
outhit them 32-12. Jensen followed in the footsteps of Livan
Hernandez, who gave up four hits and two runs in eight innings, and
Russ Ortiz, who pitched seven shutout innings.

Jensen (1-0) allowed three hits while walking one and striking
out four in his longest big-league stint before being relieved by
Felix Rodriguez to start the eighth. Robb Nen worked the ninth for
his first save.

"It's a great thrill," said Jensen, a 26-year-old
right-hander. "I started everybody with a strike. It's a lot
easier when you're up 0-1 on everybody.

"I don't know if I can be any better than that. Hopefully I
won't be any worse."

The 37-year-old Bonds, who joined Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews as
the only players in history to open a season with a pair of
two-homer games, also grounded out in the first and doubled in the
fourth off Perez and walked in the eighth off Paul Quantrill.

Bonds, who hit a record 73 homers last season, had five hits in
six at-bats, five runs scored and nine RBI in leading the Giants
to 9-2 and 12-0 victories in the first two games of the series.

Perez (0-1), who entered the sixth with a two-hit shutout,
allowed five hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked none
and struck out six.

The Dodgers threatened in the third, putting two runners aboard
with nobody out. But after a sacrifice, Cesar Izturis grounded to
Jensen, who trapped Mark Grudzielanek off third, and Izturis
eventually was thrown out trying to take second for an
inning-ending double play.

They only had one hit and four baserunners after that.

"You can't make any excuses, they just whipped us, bottom
line," Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said. "You need some things
to go your way, you need a couple bounces.

`They threw the ball well. The kid today, he threw the ball
really well. He threw strikes. You've got to tip your cap to him."

Lo Duca, who hit .320 with 25 homers and 90 RBI last season,
has only one hit in 12 at-bats.

"I feel good at the plate," he said. "I'm swinging the bat
good, and I've got only one hit. We're going to be fine. When it
gets rolling, it's going to be fun to watch."

Game notes
The Giants play their home-opener Friday afternoon at
Pacific Bell Park against San Diego. ... Bonds had reached base
safely in seven straight appearances before his first inning
groundout. ... Perez was making his first start for the Dodgers,
who acquired him from Atlanta during the offseason along with
outfielder Brian Jordan and a minor league pitcher for Gary
Sheffield. ... Jensen and Kurt Ainsworth, scheduled to start
Saturday, are just the second rookie tandem to open a season in the
Giants' rotation, joining John Montefusco and Pete Falcone, who did
so in 1975. ... Jason Schmidt would be in the rotation, but he has
a strained right groin. Schmidt isn't expected to pitch for the
Giants for at least two more weeks. ... Jensen, making his 11th
appearance, had two hits in 12 at-bats for the Giants last year,
when he made his big-league debut. ... Lou Brock is the fastest
player to reach five homers, doing so in the fourth game of the
1967 season while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.