Series: Game 1 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 9/20)

Game 1: Friday, September 20
San Francisco 5Final
Milwaukee 1
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
San Francisco 3Final
Milwaukee 1
Game 3: Sunday, September 22
San Francisco 3Final
Milwaukee 1

Giants 5

(88-66, 43-35 away)

Brewers 1

(54-99, 31-48 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 20, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: R. Jensen (12-8)

    L: N. Neugebauer (1-7)

    Giants help Brewers set franchise mark for losses

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- After a shaky first inning, Ryan Jensen got on track.

    Rich Aurilia

    Ryan Jensen

    Jensen's pitching and Rich Aurilia's two-run homer helped the San Francisco Giants open a two-game lead in the NL wild-card race with a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

    "I thought I was going to have another game where I went three innings because of the pitch count,'' said Jensen, who threw 94 pitches. "I calmed myself down after (manager Dusty) Baker told me to quit living pitch to pitch. He told me to go out there and throw my game.''

    San Francisco widened its wild-card lead over Los Angeles, which lost 8-4 at San Diego. The Giants and Dodgers have eight games remaining.

    Milwaukee (54-99) set a franchise record for losses. The previous mark of 98 was set in 1969, when the team was Seattle Pilots. After one season in Seattle, the franchise moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers.

    Jensen (12-8) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up three hits with two outs in the first, including an RBI single to Matt Stairs. He escaped a bases-loaded jam when Jorge Fabregas popped out, then retired his next 12 batters before a leadoff walk to Keith Ginter in the sixth.

    After a one-out single to Richie Sexson, Aaron Fultz relieved and retired Stairs on a grounder, then struck out Bill Hall.

    Jensen, who had four no-decisions since beating the New York Mets on Aug. 8, and Jason Schmidt, Saturday's starter, traveled to Milwaukee ahead of the team Thursday night, arriving at 9:30 p.m. The team arrived at 6:15 a.m. Friday after losing in Los Angeles.

    "I didn't hear anybody say they were tired. We got through it and we won,'' Baker said.

    Nick Neugebauer (1-7), making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list Aug. 30, gave up four runs -- one earned -- six hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings in losing his fifth straight decision.

    He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first when Reggie Sanders grounded into an inning-ending double play, but San Francisco got four runs -- three unearned -- to take a 4-1 lead in the second.

    "It's a step back as far as results and not pitching longer into the game, but it's the best I've felt since I came back,'' he said.

    After J.T. Snow reached on a fielding error by second baseman Eric Young, Yorvit Torrealbo tied it with an RBI double, Jensen followed with an RBI single and Aurilia hit a two-run homer.

    "An error started it, but they did some hitting after that,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster said. "We just didn't minimize it.''

    David Bell hit an RBI single in the fifth that scored Barry Bonds, who had walked. Bonds was 0-for-3 with two walks, extending his major league season record to 188.

    Milwaukee's Jose Hernandez, whose 188 strikeouts are one short of the major league season record set by Bobby Bonds in 1970, didn't start for the second straight game. Manager Jerry Royster it had nothing to do with the record and that his All-Star shortstop would play in several of the team's final nine games.

    "I don't have any Jose issues,'' Royster said. "He's got a lot of games to go.''

    Game notes

    San Francisco C Benito Santiago dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension for bumping umpire Mark Hirschbeck last Sunday and started his two-game suspension. ... Sexson hasn't had an RBI in 11 games and remains at 99.

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