Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/15)

Game 1: Friday, April 14
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Game 2: Saturday, April 15
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Game 3: Sunday, April 16
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Giants 1

(6-4, 2-2 away)

Dodgers 3

(6-6, 2-3 home)

10:10 PM ET, April 15, 2006

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: O. Perez (2-0)

L: J. Schmidt (0-2)

S: D. Baez (3)

Perez shuts down Giants; Bonds still homerless

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Odalis Perez had a simple explanation for his success against Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants.

"Getting ahead in the count," the 28-year-old left-hander said after working seven strong innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Giants on Saturday night.

"Strike one, strike two. Good location -- hitting spots," Perez said. "If you throw strikes, guys have to swing. That's what happened."

Perez (2-0) allowed only three hits -- none after the third inning -- before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Perez walked three, struck out two and threw 94 pitches.

"He kept the ball down and changed speeds," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I don't remember maybe four or five hittable pitches that he gave us."

Takashi Saito pitched a scoreless eighth, and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Kenny Lofton hit an RBI triple for his first hit in a Los Angeles uniform, and Dioner Navarro drove in the Dodgers' second and third runs.

Bonds went 1-for-3 and drew an intentional walk, making him 4-for-21 with 10 walks -- four intentional. He remains without a home run this season, having played in eight of the Giants' 10 games, and stuck at 708 for third place on baseball's all-time list. Henry Aaron is the leader at 755, followed by Babe Ruth at 714.

Steve Finley hit a run-scoring single in the second to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Lofton's two-out triple off Jason Schmidt (0-2) in the third drove in the tying run, and the Dodgers scored the go-ahead run in the fourth on Navarro's RBI grounder.

"I'm just excited about playing," Lofton said. "Any time you've got a low-scoring game, you have to seize the opportunity when it's there. Both guys pitched well. Odalis just kept them off-balance."

It was 2-1 when Saito gave up a one-out double to Randy Winn, who took third on Omar Vizquel's grounder. With Bonds in the on-deck circle, Saito retired Lance Niekro on a soft grounder to the mound.

"This guy's got what it takes to pitch in tight situations," manager Grady Little said of Saito, a 36-year-old right-hander who pitched in Japan for 14 seasons before signing a minor league contract with the Dodgers during the offseason.

The Dodgers have had to shake up their bullpen because of recent injuries to closer Eric Gagne and setup man Yhency Brazoban.

"I'm sorry Brazoban got injured," Saito said through a translator. "Now I'm thinking about what I need to do."

Navarro hit an RBI single off Scott Munter in the bottom of the eighth to provide the Dodgers with an insurance run that loomed larger when Bonds opened the ninth by hitting an opposite-field double. Baez then retired the next three batters to end the game.

Bonds was booed when the lineups were announced before the game, and even louder before his first at-bat, when he lined to right fielder J.D. Drew to end the first.

He drew an intentional walk in the third and grounded to first in the sixth off Perez.

Schmidt gave up three hits and two runs in six innings while walking seven -- one shy of his career high -- and striking out four. He threw 114 pitches.

"If you take the walks away, they'd have no runs up there and it's a whole different ballgame," Schmidt said. "I just could not find a good rhythm."

Extra security guards, including policemen, were stationed in the left field bleachers and surrounded the infield and outfield between innings, the result of the Dodgers and major league baseball combining to tighten security around Bonds.

A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds committed perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never used steroids, a person with knowledge of the probe has told The Associated Press.

Game notes


The announced attendance on Jackie Robinson Day was 55,132 -- the eighth-largest regular-season crowd in Dodger Stadium history. ... Niekro plans to leave the Giants after Sunday night's game because of the death of his maternal grandfather, and rejoin the team Wednesday in Arizona. ... Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent hit the 476th double of his career in the fourth, tying him with former Dodger Zack Wheat for 61st on baseball's all-time list. ... OF Moises Alou, who has hit three of San Francisco's five homers, was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a sore left calf muscle. Felipe Alou said that barring a setback, his son would return to action in the next few days. ... Lofton, who came off the 15-day disabled list Friday and grounded into a double play as a pinch hitter, made his first start of the season and went 1-for-3 with a walk. The Dodgers are the 10th team he's played for in a career that began in 1991. ... The Giants recalled RHP Brad Hennessey from Fresno of the PCL after the game, and optioned RHP Jeremy Accardo to Fresno.

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