Series: Game 1 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 4/18)

Game 1: Friday, April 18
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Game 2: Saturday, April 19
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Game 3: Sunday, April 20
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Giants 5

(14-2, 7-0 away)

Dodgers 1

(7-10, 4-3 home)

    10:10 PM ET, April 18, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: J. Schmidt (2-0)

    L: K. Brown (1-1)

    Schmidt pitches into eighth inning for win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marquis Grissom, Jose Cruz Jr. and the rest of the new Giants are filling in just fine for all the stars San Francisco lost in the offseason.

    Grissom homered against his former team and Jason Schmidt pitched into the eighth inning as the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 Friday night for their 14th victory in 16 games this season.

    Most of the preseason talk about San Francisco focused on the departure of manager Dusty Baker and key players such as Jeff Kent, Russ Ortiz, David Bell and Reggie Sanders.

    "It's a great start for us," said J.T. Snow, who drove in three runs to give him a major league-leading 21 RBI. "It just puts to rest all the questions that there would have been about some of the guys we lost. This is probably the best thing that we could have hoped for."

    The Giants improved to 7-0 on the road for the first time in franchise history. They're off to their best 16-game start since the 1918 New York Giants opened 18-1.

    San Francisco is the 10th team since 1900 to win 14 of its first 16 games.

    "We've been playing great defense. There's guys making great plays every night," Snow said. "Everybody looks at the offensive stats and who's hitting home runs and who's driving in runs, but you don't see the plays Jose Cruz Jr. has been making. Those things really frustrate other teams and it takes them out of games."

    Schmidt (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out eight and walked four.

    "Schmidt was really tough," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Snow is hot, especially with men in scoring position. It's fun now."

    Scott Eyre struck out Shawn Green in the eighth and Felix Rodriguez got four straight outs for his second save, finishing the four-hitter.

    "Very little happened for us offensively, and yet in saying that you have to give their defense a little bit of credit," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy. "The unfortunate thing to me was the top of the first. We've got two outs and a man on first and we got two very good two-out at-bats put on us by Benito Santiago and J.T. Snow, who is right now about as hot a hitter as there is in major league baseball."

    Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 with two walks, one intentional. But he made a sensational sliding catch of a looping drive by pinch-hitter Mike Kinkade in the fifth.

    In the eighth, Cruz charged toward a line drive by Adrian Beltre and caught it in right with a runner on base.

    "That's hands-down the best defense I've ever had played behind me in my career," Schmidt said. "It was unreal. They bailed me out of a lot of jams that could have ended up with a few runs on the board."

    Kevin Brown (1-1) needed 29 pitches to get through the first inning, when he was touched for three runs. The right-hander gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings, struck out three and walked two.

    "I couldn't find the strike zone and when I did, it didn't turn out good," he said.

    Brown also lasted just five innings in his last start, a no-decision against the Giants on April 13.

    The Dodgers are yet to beat rival San Francisco in four meetings this season.

    "We're a great team on paper, but we're not getting it done between the lines," catcher Todd Hundley said. "Schmidt was great, but in the overall picture, it's what we're not doing."

    Los Angeles had its second sellout of 54,799, the eighth-biggest regular-season crowd in Dodger Stadium history.

    The Giants took a 3-0 lead with two outs in the first on an RBI single by Santiago and Snow's two-run bloop single to right field.

    The Dodgers made it 3-1 in the bottom half. Green singled to left field between third baseman Alfonzo and the bag, scoring Dave Roberts, who led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Adrian Beltre.

    Snow's RBI double to right gave the Giants a 4-1 lead in the third.

    Grissom, who played the last two seasons with the Dodgers, homered with two outs in the fifth to make it 5-1. He hit a 1-1 pitch from Brown over the center-field wall.

    Brown threw 90 pitches, including 68 by the third inning.

    Game notes
    Both of Grissom's homers have come against Los Angeles. ... Dodgers relievers Guillermo Mota and Paul Shuey combined to pitch four scoreless innings. In 52 innings, the bullpen has allowed 34 hits and struck out 53, with a major league-leading 1.56 ERA. ... Roberts leads the majors with eight stolen bases. ... The Giants had at least one hit in the first seven innings. ... Brown hasn't beaten the Giants since a 9-2 victory on June 30, 2000. ... 2B Alex Cora committed two of the Dodgers' three errors. ... The Giants began a nine-game road trip, their second-longest of the season.

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