Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, April 2
San Francisco 9Final
Los Angeles 2
Game 2: Wednesday, April 3
San Francisco 12Final
Los Angeles 0
Game 3: Thursday, April 4
San Francisco 3Final
Los Angeles 0

Giants 3

(3-0, 3-0 away)

Dodgers 0

(0-3, 0-3 home)

10:10 PM ET, April 4, 2002

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: R. Jensen (1-0)

L: O. Perez (0-1)

S: R. Nen (1)

Bonds homerless, but Jensen leads Giants to win

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.

Ryan Jensen

AP

Giants rookie pitcher Ryan Jensen also delivers at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a run scored.

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.

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