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Jarvis earns first win in more than a year

7/6/2003

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ideally, Rod Beck would have blown through the
first three batters of the ninth inning to end the game with Barry
Bonds standing in the on-deck circle.

Instead Beck got himself in trouble, struck out Bonds with two
runners on, then closed out the San Diego Padres' 5-2 win over
Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

"He is the best player," Beck said of Bonds, his former
teammate with the Giants for half of the 1990s. "You're asking for
a lot of trouble if you get in the situation I just did, but
fortunately I got out of it."

After striking out Bonds on a split-fingered fastball, Beck got
Jose Cruz Jr. to ground out to first baseman Ryan Klesko. Beck,
standing near first base, thrust his arms in the air.

Brian Buchanan went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Schmidt,
baseball's hottest pitcher, and Kevin Jarvis won for the first time
in more than a year.

The last-place Padres scored four runs on seven hits off Schmidt
and beat the NL West-leading Giants for just the second time in
eight games this year.

Schmidt (8-4), the likely NL starter for the All-Star game, had
allowed just one earned run in throwing three straight complete
games coming in, and his 2.14 ERA was the best in the majors. He
did strike out nine in seven innings.

Jarvis (1-2) pitched into the eighth for his first win in more
than a year. Jarvis, who went 7 1-3 innings, held the Giants to two
runs and three hits in his fifth start of the season. He spent more
than two months on the disabled list while continuing his
recovering from elbow surgery in July 2002.

Beck got his seventh save in as many chances.

"In that situation, a three-run lead, you've got to go after
them," Beck said. "You don't want to start walking guys, and then
you're in a lot of trouble." He allowed a leadoff single to Ray
Durham and a one-out hit to Marquis Grissom.

Beck started off Bonds with two fastballs on the outside corner
for strikes.

"Fortunately I was able to get a couple calls on Barry. They
were strikes, but they were about as perfect a pitch as you could
possibly make," Beck said. "Ultimately I got him out with a
split-finger. The pitches in between were just meant to set it
up."

Bonds refused to talk to reporters afterward.

Beck "made some smart pitches there," Giants manager Felipe
Alou said. "His stuff may be different, but his mind is the
same."

Buchanan, a utilityman starting in left field in place of
Rondell White, tripled in the tying run in the fourth inning, then
singled in the go-ahead run during the two-run sixth.

With the score tied at 2, Mark Loretta singled leading off the
sixth. Schmidt retired Ryan Klesko and Sean Burroughs, but then
walked Gary Matthews Jr. Buchanan singled to left to score Loretta
and rookie Miguel Ojeda followed with another single to left to
score Matthews, who easily beat the throw from Bonds.

"Out of the seven hits, probably two or three were on pitches I
wanted to make," Schmidt said. "The rest came on bad pitches due
to lack of command. I kind of overthrew and wore myself out."

Ojeda homered with two outs in the eighth off Jason
Christiansen, his second.

In the fourth, Buchanan's fly ball got past diving center
fielder Marquis Grissom for a triple. Bonds didn't back up the play
and Burroughs scored from second as the ball rolled almost to the
warning track.

The Padres loaded the bases against Schmidt with none out in the
second inning and got just one run out of it. After Burroughs and
Matthews singled, Buchanan had a base hit to left, but third base
coach Rob Picciolo held up Burroughs even though he probably could
have beaten a throw from Bonds.

Burroughs scored to make it 1-0 as Ojeda hit into a double play
and Donaldo Mendez struck out.

The Giants went ahead when Rich Aurilia hit a two-run double to
right-center with two outs in the fourth.

Jarvis hadn't won since beating Pittsburgh 3-0 on May 4, 2002.

Game notes
Giants C Benito Santiago said he expects to miss
four-to-five days after dislocating his left pinky finger while
sliding headfirst into third base on Friday. As he lay on the
ground after getting hurt, Santiago popped his finger back in
place. "I was thinking, 'I don't want to go on the disabled
list," Santiago said. Yorvit Torrealba, who replaced Santiago on
Friday, started against the Padres on Saturday night. ... It was
just the second career triple for Buchanan, who's 6-foot-4, 230
pounds.