Schmidt hit one of San Francisco's six home runs and pitched the
Giants to a 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks to win his 11th
straight decision against Arizona.
"The biggest factor is we've had some tremendous games here,"
Schmidt said. "It could be the same against any other team in the
division. We seem to win the ball games in spite of what I'm doing.
It's the offense that's gotten me here, not necessarily the
Schmidt (9-7) scattered seven hits and allowed three runs over 6
2/3 innings. He walked two, struck out two and matched a franchise
mark with three hit batters.
"He struggled but his great stuff got him out of trouble,"
said Giants manager Felipe Alou.
Schmidt is 11-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 15 starts against Arizona
dating back to May 21, 2003.
Alou's two-run homer in the sixth inning off reliever Jeff Bajenaru (0-1) put the Giants ahead 4-3. After Bajenaru retired
Barry Bonds on a high fly ball to left, Durham hit his 19th homer
into the right-field stands to make it 5-3.
Feliz capped the Giants' four-run, three-homer inning with a
line shot into the left-field bleachers off Bajenaru for a 6-3
Schmidt led off the seventh inning with his sixth career home
run -- his second against the Diamondbacks -- to put San Francisco
"The ball hit my bat, that's all it was," Schmidt said.
"Anytime I get a hit it's luck."
Hillenbrand made it 8-3 with a solo shot leading off the eighth.
The six home runs allowed matched a Diamondbacks' franchise
Chad Tracy was 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI for the
Diamondbacks and Luis Gonzalez hit his 535th career double to move
into sole possession of 26th place on the career list. Arizona lost
for the third time in four games to fall 2 ½ games behind the
Tracy left the game after colliding with Feliz while sliding
head first into third base. He is day-to-day with back spasms.
"I hit his leg and I kept coming and the momentum sent my back
in the wrong direction," Tracy said. "Right now I feel fine. I
feel like I could go back out there and finish the game if I had
to. We'll see in the morning. The initial contact, what I felt, I
didn't know if I broke my back or what. It felt worse than anything
I've ever felt before."
San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the first on Bonds' RBI
The Diamondbacks answered in the bottom of the inning when
Schmidt hit Eric Byrnes with a pitch and Gonzalez hit his
league-leading 40th double to tie the game 1-1. Gonzalez scored on
a single by Tracy to make it 2-1.
Tracy extended the lead to 3-1 in the third when he singled home
Conor Jackson, who reached on a one-out double to center.
Feliz's leadoff homer in the fifth pulled the Giants within 3-2.
Bonds was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout before leaving as
part of a double-switch in the bottom of the seventh.
Enrique Gonzalez, pitching on three days rest, allowed two runs
on four hits over five innings. Melvin said Gonzalez was on a
100-pitch count and had reached 90 pitches through five innings.
"We felt like if we can get through the sixth, then we'd have
three guys go seven, eight, nine," said Arizona manager Bob
Melvin. "We never got through it."
Schmidt has five career homers with the Giants, leaving him
one short of Don Robinson's franchise mark for pitchers. ... Feliz
has two multihomer games this season and seven in his career. ...
Jackson was hit on the left forearm with a pitch in the bottom of
the fifth and left the game after the inning ended. X-rays were
negative and he's day-to-day. ... Bajenaru has allowed five home
runs over his last two innings. He allowed two homers in his last
appearance on Sept. 21 for the Chicago White Sox against Cleveland.
... Arizona RHP Brandon Webb played catch in the outfield before
Monday's game and will throw in the bullpen on Tuesday. Barring any
setbacks, he will make his scheduled start Friday against Florida.