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San Francisco 3, Colorado 1

8/27/2003

DENVER (AP) -- With his team still trying to get over yet another
emotional setback, San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou turned
to Jason Schmidt.

Was there any doubt how it would turn out?

The Giants' ace allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings as the Giants
beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 Tuesday night with star Barry Bonds
still at home grieving the death of his father.

"It's been tough," Alou said. "But all of us here expected
him to control the game."

The Giants have won six of seven and have rallied together
without Bonds, who's been on bereavement leave since his father,
Bobby, died on Saturday.

Wearing black and white patches with the initials "BB" on
their jerseys for the first time, the Giants held the Rockies to
five hits to win without Bonds for the second time in three games.

They did it behind the one player who knows just what Bonds is
going through. After all, it was Schmidt who threw a three-hitter
against the Chicago Cubs in April just five days after his mother's
funeral.

"I tried to do what I always do," Schmidt said. "I try to get
a good feel for what they are trying to do and make my adjustments
when I'm on the mound."

He certainly did that.

Schmidt (13-5) cruised through the first six innings, allowing
one hit and three baserunners. Charles Johnson led off the third
with a double, but Schmidt got consecutive strikeouts and a fly out
to center to strand him there.

The Rockies couldn't even knock Schmidt off the mound.

In the fifth inning, a line drive by Johnson hit Schmidt just
below the right hip, but he recovered in time to get the out at
first and stayed in the game.

Schmidt matched his career high for wins in a season, done three
other times, and is 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA his last 11 starts.

"He has pitched as well as anybody in the game the past two
years," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "His numbers speak for
themselves this year."

Colorado nearly had its league-record home scoring streak end at
353 games, but got a run in the eighth when Giants right fielder
Jose Cruz Jr. was charged with an error for dropping Todd Helton's
routine fly.

The Rockies have lost four straight at home for the first time
in a year and nine of 12 overall to fall six games below .500
(64-70) for the first time this season.

"We don't like losing and we don't like not doing more, but the
reality of it is that we were not able to do more," Hurdle said.

The Rockies had runners at first and second with two outs in the
eighth inning when Alou lifted Schmidt so left-hander Jason
Christiansen could face Helton.

Christiansen got Helton to pop up to shallow right-center, but
Juan Uribe scored from second when Cruz Jr. dropped the ball.

"That's the last thing I thought I'd see this year," Alou said
of Cruz's second error of the season.

The Rockies still had runners at second and third, but Joe
Nathan got Preston Wilson to fly out. Tim Worrell closed it out,
allowing a hit in the ninth for his 28th save.

Rockies starter Darren Oliver (10-9) didn't show any lingering
effects from the sore foot that knocked him out two batters into
his last start.

He didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, when Benito
Santiago's one-out liner dropped in front of Wilson in center for a
single. Andres Galarraga knocked in the game's first run two
batters later with a single to left.

Neifi Perez made it 2-0 in the fifth with a single to center
after Pedro Feliz led off with a double. The Giants got another run
in the sixth on a double-play ball by Rich Aurilia.

Oliver was certainly solid, but just not good enough to beat
Schmidt. He allowed three runs on six hits in six innings to lose
three straight decisions for the first time this season.

"He threw well, but we just didn't give him any help," Helton
said. "Usually we get a little run support here, and that didn't
happen tonight."

Game notes
A moment of silence was held before the game to honor Bobby
Bonds. ... Giants LF Jeffrey Hammonds robbed Helton of a hit with a
sliding catch in the first inning. Helton lost another hit in the
fourth when his grounder down the line hit off first base and went
right to Galarraga. ... Schmidt also won 13 games in 1999, 2001 and
last year. ... Colorado's home losing streak is its longest since
dropping six straight last August.