Series: Game 3 of 4

San Francisco leads 2-1 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Friday, September 26
LA Dodgers1Final
San Francisco10
Game 2: Saturday, September 27
LA Dodgers5Final
San Francisco0
Game 3: Saturday, September 27
LA Dodgers3Final
San Francisco6
Game 4: Sunday, September 28
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San Francisco12

Dodgers 3

(85-76, 39-41 away)

Giants 6

(99-61, 56-24 home)

    10:15 PM ET, September 27, 2003

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    LA 001001100 3 7 2
    SF 10010013 - 6 13 0

    W: J. Nathan (12-4)

    L: G. Mota (6-3)

    S: T. Worrell (38)


    SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Jose Cruz Jr. kept alive the San Francisco Giants' slim hopes of gaining home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.

    Cruz drilled a three-run homer off Guillermo Mota in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Giants to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a split of their day-night doubleheader.

    San Francisco can earn home-field advantage over the Atlanta Braves with a win in Sunday's season finale and a loss by the Braves at Philadelphia. Earlier Saturday, the Giants opted against playing a makeup game against the New York Mets on Monday, which would have enhanced their chances.

    With the game tied, 3-3, Mota (6-3) started the eighth inning and was greeted by Marvin Benard's double. Yorvit Torrealba followed with a grounder, but second baseman Alex Cora tried to nab Benard at third and both runners were safe.

    Cruz was next and deposited a 2-0 delivery over the right field fence for his 20th homer. It was the third time he has homered at least 20 times in a season.

    The blast made a winner of Joe Nathan (12-4), who allowed one hit in the top of the eighth. Closer Tim Worrell bounced back from a terrible outing in the first game by recording the final three outs for his 38th save in 45 chances.

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