Weaver Misses 15th Win on Ninth Inning Single

SAN FRANCISCO, California-- The Giants name used to be synonymous with home runs -- Mel Ott, Willard Marshall, Johnny Mize, Bobby Thompson, Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey and, of course, Barry Bonds. But the Dodgers have been snaggled the last two games on simple little singles in the late innings of the game. Omar Vizquel did the damage Saturday, lining a two-out single to right field to break a 1-1 tie and give San Francisco their second win of the four-game series,

Jeff Weaver pitched about as well as he could, limiting the Giants to five hits, including Randy Winn's career-high 16th home run in the third inning and thwarting Weaver's bid for his career-high 15th win and his attempt to be the first Dodgers' pitcher to notch 15 wins since Hideo Nomo in 2003.

Winn connected for the second straight day, Tyler Walker, in relief of didn't retire a batter but got a crucial caught stealing call and was credited for one-third of an inning for the win.

Jason Schmidt made his first start in 10 days, still nursing a pulled right groin but failed to become only the third Giants pitcher since 1969 to defeat the Dodgers four times in a season, allowed two hits and one run in five solid innings, struck out six and walked four.

Willy Aybar hit his first career home run for the Dodgers that landed in the first row of seats in the right-field arcade. It came in the third inning and was the only Los Angeles run of the game and one of three hits they managed.

They fell a game behind the Giants into third place in the NL West, 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Padres, who beat Washington in 12 innings and reduced their magic number to 10.

With two outs in the third, Winn tied the game with a shot off Weaver (14-10) that landed on the walkway beyond the right-field fence for his 10th homer since joining the Giants in a July 30 trade with the Seattle Mariners.

Ray Durham appeared break the 1-1 tie in the sixth when he hit a ball into the right-field seats and rounded the bases for what he thought was a two-run homer.

Weaver threw his hands up and said, "No!" so convincingly that the umpires gathered to review the play and signaled a foul ball. Durham the bounced out to second.

Weaver threw 12 strikes in his first 13 pitches, allowing a two-out double to Edgardo Alfonzo in the first. The right-hander retired 13 of his first 15 batters before Winn tagged him for the game tying shot in the bottom of the third

Duaner Sanchez gave up a walk that morphed into a run in the last of the ninth Friday, resulting in a 5-4 Dodger loss. Weaver hit Dan Ortmeier to start the eighth, then Ortmeier moved to second on Jason Ellison's sacrifice bunt. Vizquel's single to right made him pay for it.

"The pitch was where I wanted to throw it," Weaver said. "It briefly clipped him, I guess. Everything was great today, I just got beat."

"It's a shame a guy pitched as well as Jeff Weaver did today and absorbed that loss," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "On the flip side, we had only three hits. You're not going to win with one run and three hits."

The Dodgers got a two-out walk in the eighth by pinch-hitter Antonio Perez but he was cut down on at attempted steal.

Olmedo Saenz singled to lead off the ninth and Edwin Jackson ran for him. Jose Cruz popped to second and Dioner Navarro bounced into a double play ending the inning.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Saturday marked the nine-year anniversary of Nomo's first no-hitter, beating the Rockies 9-0 at Coors Field - the only no-hitter thrown at Coors Field in Colorado. ... Aybar has an eight-game hitting streak in his first eight major league starts.