Series: Game 2 of 3

San Francisco leads 2-0 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Friday, April 18
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LA Dodgers1
Game 2: Saturday, April 19
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Game 3: Sunday, April 20
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Giants 9

(15-2, 8-0 away)

Dodgers 3

(7-11, 4-4 home)

    10:10 PM ET, April 19, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: D. Moss (3-0)

    L: A. Ashby (0-3)

    Moss gives up two runs in seven innings

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even when things appear to go awry, the San Francisco Giants win anyway.

    Rich Aurilia and Andres Galarraga drove in two runs each in the fifth inning, Ruben Rivera hit a solo homer and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3 Saturday night for their 15th victory in 17 games.

    Despite losing J.T. Snow and Marquis Grissom to minor injuries, the Giants got plenty of help from Galarraga and Rivera.

    "We had guys who aren't every day players who had big hits for us," Aurilia said. "They're making the most of their opportunities when they get in there. I'm sure they'd like to be playing more than they are, but at the same time, I think they know their roles."

    The Giants scored five runs in the fifth to improve to a franchise-best 8-0 start on the road. Their 15-2 record is the team's best 17-game start in 85 years.

    "I don't think you could tell if we were 15-2 or 8-8 or 2-10," Aurilia said. "This clubhouse is the same every day and we go out and play the same every day, no matter who's in there."

    Damian Moss (3-0) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings. The Australian left-hander had been plagued by control problems, allowing 14 walks in his previous three starts. He had two wild pitches and walked two, striking out four.

    "That's the best I've thrown all year," Moss said. "The first two innings I was kind of where I was my last start, but as the game went on I got more and more comfortable. I don't care about wild pitches. I'm trying to throw something down and make them swing at it."

    The light-hitting Dodgers have yet to beat the rival Giants in five games this season, and have lost six of their last eight games.

    "There's not a whole lot they can do right now that's going to turn out wrong," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "They beat us up, that's it. It's not even so much their nine (runs) as the fact that offensively we had one inning."

    Andy Ashby (0-3), making a spot start in place of injured Odalis Perez, gave up seven runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. He struck out four and walked two in his first start since last Sept. 20 at San Diego.

    All three of Ashby's previous appearances this season were in relief, and he was pulled after 88 pitches. The right-hander has lost his last seven decisions dating to last Aug. 30 at Houston, the longest losing streak of his career.

    Left fielder Brian Jordan blamed the Dodgers' struggles on impatience.

    "They're making us hit their pitch. When you're impatient, you lose," he said. "They're getting good pitches to hit because they're patient and they're confident."

    Neifi Perez grounded a two-out single up the middle to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the second inning. The Dodgers tied the game in the bottom half on a two-run, two-out homer by Jolbert Cabrera.

    San Francisco took a 3-2 lead in the third when Grissom, a former Dodger, scored from third on a throwing error by catcher Paul Lo Duca.

    Snow, who leads the majors with 21 RBI, left the game after bruising the inside of his right knee on a foul pitch in the second inning. X-rays were negative and Snow is day to day. He was replaced by Galarraga at first base in the third inning.

    "I just couldn't move around on it," Snow said. "It swelled up."

    Grissom and Cabrera collided at first base in the fifth when Ashby scrambled to pick up Grissom's bunt and flip it to Cabrera, who appeared to beat Grissom to the bag but was called safe by umpire Angel Hernandez, who was in fair territory and may have had an obscured view.

    "I was kind of afraid for both guys. Grissom got hit in the head and right knee," said Giants manager Felipe Alou, who added that Grissom was doubtful for Sunday.

    "I love that play. I don't think they were looking for bunt. They are being aggressive and I'm not going to interfere with that," he said.

    Both players stayed in the game, although Grissom was replaced in the sixth by Rivera after he complained of a slight headache. Grissom was taken to a hospital for a precautionary CT scan.

    Edgardo Alfonzo's infield single loaded the bases with no outs. Aurilia followed with a ground-rule double that bounced into the Dodgers' bullpen and gave the Giants a 5-2 lead.

    Ashby was replaced by Troy Brohawn after an intentional walk to Barry Bonds. Benito Santiago singled in a run to make it 6-2 and Galarraga hit a two-run double to left.

    San Francisco added a run in the sixth off Brohawn on Rivera's first homer of the season.

    Bonds was 1-for-2 with two walks, one intentional, before being replaced by Marvin Benard in the bottom of the eighth.

    Game notes
    The Giants have scored five or more runs in 13 games. ... Moss is 3-0 against the Dodgers in his career. ... Cabrera's homer was only the second given up by Moss this season. ... Dodgers RHP Hideo Nomo tries for his 100th career victory Sunday against the Giants. ... Dodgers CF Dave Roberts stole his major league-leading ninth base in the third, giving him a stolen base in four straight games for the first time in his career. ... Roberts bunted for a base hit in the third, his seventh of the season, which also leads the majors.

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