Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, September 9
Los Angeles 5Final
San Francisco 6
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
Los Angeles 2Final
San Francisco 5
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
Los Angeles 7Final
San Francisco 3

Dodgers 7

(83-62, 43-31 away)

Giants 3

(83-62, 44-30 home)

    3:35 PM ET, September 11, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    LA 200040010 7 - -
    SF 011000001 3 - -

    W: H. Nomo (14-6)

    L: K. Rueter (12-8)

    Dodgers top Giants, pull even in wild-card race

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- As usual, Hideo Nomo wanted to talk about anything but himself.

    Members of the San Francisco Giants, front, participate in a pregame ceremony to reflect on the events of Sept. 11.

    He left that to manager Jim Tracy, who had plenty to offer on another solid pitching performance by the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander.

    Nomo remained perfect in San Francisco and Brian Jordan hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs as the Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-3 Wednesday to pull even in the NL wild-card race.

    Nomo (14-6) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings with eight strikeouts and five walks to improve to 8-0 in San Francisco and help the Dodgers end a four-game losing streak. They also snapped a string of five straight wins by the Giants.

    ''You've heard the word warrior used with this guy,'' Tracy said. ''All the right words are used with this guy. A battler. He's never going to give in to you. ... I don't know where this club would be without the presence of Hideo Nomo. He's obviously become the mainstay of our rotation.''

    Nomo seemed to get stronger after reaching 100 pitches. He gave way to Paul Shuey after 132 pitches -- a number well below the 180 he once tossed in a game in Japan.

    ''The games I pitch in I want to win,'' he said, after giving Jordan the majority of the credit for the crucial victory. ''I would do whatever it takes for the team.''

    Tracy vowed that his struggling Dodgers weren't about to fall out of the playoff race, and he was right. They still have four important games left with the Giants, their NL West foes.

    Jordan's shot deep into the left-field bleachers highlighted a four-run fifth against the Giants, whose 5-2 win Tuesday had given them their first lead in the wild card since Aug. 13.

    The chants of ''Beat LA! Beat LA!'' that have been a fixture in this playoff-type series quickly faded out after Jordan's big hit. The drive followed a triple by Marquis Grissom, a tiebreaking double by Paul Lo Duca and a single by Shawn Green. Grissom was 3-for-5, missing hitting for the cycle by a homer.

    Giants manager Dusty Baker seemed to make the right call starting Tom Goodwin in right field in place of regular Reggie Sanders. Baker thought Goodwin would do better against Nomo, who is 10-3 in 15 career starts against San Francisco.

    Goodwin came in hitting .333 in his career (3-for-9) against Nomo, while Sanders was just 3-for-17 (.176). Goodwin was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base, and also scored a run, but he didn't get much help.

    The Giants had handed Kevin Brown his first career loss in San Francisco on Tuesday. They couldn't do it against Nomo, who worked out of a jam in the third when he loaded the bases with a walk to David Bell with two outs. Nomo then struck out pitcher Kirk Rueter.

    Nomo received plenty of run support, unlike Brown.

    ''I'm not going to say we were lost,'' Jordan said. ''San Francisco's pitchers had thrown great. We just knew it was important to win today to salvage the series and leave with it even.''

    The Dodgers immediately got to Rueter (12-8) following an emotional pregame tribute to the victims of last year's terrorist attacks.

    The big screen on the center-field scoreboard read ''9.11.01 We will never forget'' and showed a series of black-and-white photos from the events of a year ago. Bagpipes skirled, flags were at half-staff, with a flag of the Fire Department of New York included, and players walked in a line and surrounded the infield dirt to salute a huge flag that covered nearly the entire outfield. It was held by police officers and firefighters.

    In place of ceremonial first pitch, the ball was placed on the mound by John Beaven, who lost his father in the World Trade Center attacks. Families of eight Bay Area people who lost their lives on Sept. 11 were present and stood in the infield. Those victims' names were listed on the big screen. Members of the San Francisco Fire Department tossed wreaths of white carnations into McCovey Cove from a fireboat outside the park. White doves were released as everyone joined together to sing the national anthem.

    Rueter allowed back-to-back singles to Grissom and Lo Duca and a walk to Green to load the bases in the Dodgers' two-run first. Jordan drove in Grissom on a fielder's choice in which Bell appeared to step on the base for a forceout, but Lo Duca was called safe by third base umpire Ed Montague. Lo Duca scored on an Eric Karros' groundout as the Giants turned a double play to end the inning.

    ''It was a very emotional day,'' Rueter said. ''It was very emotional for all of America. Of course it was on our minds, but I went out there with my normal stuff. I just go out there and try to make good pitches. There was one to Brian Jordan I wished I had back.''

    Game notes

    Nomo threw a season-high 132 pitches, 78 of which were strikes. It was a season-high for any Dodger pitcher. ... Barry Bonds drew his major-league leading 167th walk and hit an RBI double in the ninth off Eric Gagne. ... RHP Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for the Giants in his first major league appearance in exactly two years.

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