Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/19)

Game 1: Monday, September 16
San Francisco 6Final
Los Angeles 7
Game 2: Tuesday, September 17
San Francisco 6Final
Los Angeles 4
Game 3: Wednesday, September 18
San Francisco 7Final
Los Angeles 4
Game 4: Thursday, September 19
San Francisco 3Final
Los Angeles 6

Giants 3

(87-66, 42-35 away)

Dodgers 6

(86-67, 42-33 home)

    10:10 PM ET, September 19, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: O. Perez (15-9)

    L: L. Hernandez (11-16)

    Giants' NL wild-card cushion cut to one

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Odalis Perez pulled the teetering Dodgers right back into the NL wild-card race and gave the Los Angeles bullpen a much-needed break.

    Odalis Perez

    Perez pitched a seven-hitter and Brian Jordan hit a three-run double to beat San Francisco 6-3 Thursday night as the Dodgers climbed within one game of the Giants for the wild card.

    "It was a lot of responsibility,'' the 24-year-old Perez said. "If we go down three games, we are out of the race. It was great for me and the team, too, because we needed it.''

    The teams split the four-game series, and are not scheduled to play again this season. Both clubs have nine games left.

    "It definitely was a good series for both teams,'' said Reggie Sanders, who hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for the Giants.

    "They didn't lose any ground and we didn't lose any ground. They're a very tough team and they're here for a reason. So it's not going to be an easy task.''

    Perez (15-9) struck out seven and walked two in his fourth career complete game. All four of the Dodgers' complete games this season belong to Perez.

    "He's been doing it all year. The guy should have a perfect game, a no-hitter,'' Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said. "That lineup has been giving us fits all year, so to shut those guys down like that and to throw a complete game, giving our bullpen a rest, is huge.''

    The Dodgers scored all six runs in the third inning to chase Livan Hernandez (11-16).

    "If we had lost, let's face it, it's a two-game swing,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "The hill becomes much steeper for us to have to climb it.''

    Besides getting a quality start from Perez, the Dodgers also got the early lead, something that had eluded them in the three previous games.

    "He challenged guys and he was ahead all night and that was the difference,'' Lo Duca said of Perez. "The last three nights we were behind a lot of guys.''

    Jordan continued his big hitting in September, going 3-for-4 and driving in three runs. He has 24 RBI in 18 games this month, which leads the NL.

    "Jordan got the big hit again with that double down the line that was just barely fair. That was the ballgame,'' San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said. "Every time they beat us, it seems that Jordan drives in three or four runs.''

    Hernandez retired the first six hitters before getting tagged when Los Angeles sent 10 batters to the plate in the third.

    With runners on first and third, Hernandez fielded a bunt by Perez, dropped the ball trying to take it out of his glove and the bases were loaded.

    "After that the wheels came off,'' Baker said.

    Dave Roberts followed with a two-run single to open the scoring. Hernandez's error made one of the runs unearned.

    Jordan doubled down the left-field line to make it 5-0. Eric Karros followed with another RBI double to left, scoring Jordan for a 6-0 lead.

    "Winning sure would have made it a lot tougher on them, but we realized that they had one of the top pitchers in the league going,'' Baker said. "That's too big a lead to give a quality pitcher like Odalis Perez.''

    Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit an RBI single in the fifth for San Francisco.

    Barry Bonds went 1-for-3 with a walk. The Giants star leads the majors in hitting at .373.

    Game notes

    Both contenders play on the road this weekend. The Dodgers are at San Diego while the Giants are in Milwaukee. ... Karros' double in the third was his 580th career extra-base hit, moving him into second on the Dodgers career list behind Willie Davis' 585. ... Karros played in his 1,593rd career game, tying Maury Wills for 10th on the Dodgers career list. ... The Giants won the season series (11-8) for the first time since 1992. Seven of those wins came at Dodger Stadium, their most ever in a season. ... The finale drew 43,921, the highest of the four-game series. ... U.S. Open tennis champion Pete Sampras watched the game behind home plate.

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