Giants Early Start Carries the Game

Starter Randy Wolf attempted to changed his slow first innings by getting more aggressive -- it didn't work all that well. In his first five starts he had allowed five hits and a 4.50 ERA in the opening inning. Wednesday night, he found himself behind 4-0 after only 13 pitches and eventually lost a 6-4 decision.

Arizona edged San Diego 3-2 to keep the sliding Dodgers in first place by a game and Colorado blasted the Mets 11-5 in an attempt to jump back into the race.

Wolf found out, as many other pitchers have, that the old guy batting fourth for the Giants should be avoided at all costs. Barry Bonds wasn't and posted his seventh home run (#741) with two on in the first and L.A. couldn't get over that in front of 43,963 at Dodger Stadium.

They eventually tied it in the fourth with their second two-run inning but then the offense shut down and another home run, this one by Pedro Feliz in the sixth, gave San Francisco their second win of the series and their seventh in a row.

Wolf pitched well after the early shock his teammates managed only doubles by Russell Martin and Ramon Martinez to go with five singles. Their first three-game losing streak of the season was the result.

The Dodgers' new lefty has worked six innings in each of his five starts and he was obviously correct in worrying about his first inning that has now blossomed to a 10.80 ERA. After that he has recorded a neat, 2.88 mark.

Perhaps manager Grady Little should start with an inning from Takashi Saito and them let Wolf work from there. Well, maybe not.

Randy Winn opened the game with what looked like a single, beating out Jeff Kent's diving stop near second base. Todd Linden and Rich Aurelia followed with singles for a 1-0 lead.

Bonds, who has hit an even .400 (12-for-30) over the last two weeks but was only 3-for-17 with nine strikeouts against Wolf, left himself just 14 short of Hank Aaron with a drive over the center field wall, his 64th against the Dodgers.

Wolf surrendered only a single hit from that point until Feliz smacked his game-winning homer in the sixth.

It looked like the Dodgers might tie the game in the bottom of the first. Rafael Furcal singled and moved to second on Winn's error at second. Juan Pierre, bunting for a hit, was thrown out but Nomar Garciaparra drove in Furcal with a bouncer to short.

Kent singled and moved to second on an error by the center fielder and Luis Gonzalez walked. Martin rammed a single to right that scored Kent but Andre Ethier bounced out.

L.A. tied in the fourth and Martin was again on the action. He double to left opening the inning and was caught off second on Ethier's ground ball but stayed in a rundown long enough so Ethier cold reach second.

Ramon Martinez, part of the open tryout at third base, doubled to center and scored on Furcal second hit of the game, however the Dodger shortstop was thrown out trying for second base.

The Dodgers had just one hit (Pierre) and one walk, never getting a runner past first base and Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

In the record department, Wolf fanned his 1,000th batter during the game, including Bond's twice, and Jonathan Broxton allowed his first run since September, 2006 and his ERA jumped to 0.77.

And Bonds tied Pete Rose for fifth in career runs scored with 2,165 and his three RBIs moved him past Willie McCovey into first place on the San Francisco Giants' career list with 1,389.

Brad Penny (3-0, 1.37) opposes Russ Ortiz (2-1, 4.35) and the Giants in tonight's series finale.
 Score by innings
Giants	400 001 040-6
Dodgers	200 200 000-4

 Dodgers	ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss 	5  1  2  1  .192	 
Pierre cf 	4  0  1  0  .276
Garciaparra 1b 	3  0  0  1  .299 
Kent 2b	        2  1  1  0  .329 	 
Gonzalez	3  0  0  0  .300
Martin c  	3  0  2  1  .338
Ethier lf 	3  1  0  0  .226
 Saenz ph	1  0  0  0  .200
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
Martinez 3b 	1  0  0  0  .200
 Anderson ph	1  0  0  0  .200
Wolf p	        1  0  0  0  .222
 Seanez	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Valdez ph	1  0  0  0  .303
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Clark ph	1  0  0  0  .318	 
   Totals 	31 4 7 4
   Giants	36 6 8 6	 

 Error- Furcal (3). 2B- Martin (5), 
Martinez (2). RBI- Garciaparra (16), 
Martin (15), Martinez (5), Furcal (4). 
CS- Garciaparra (1). LOB- Dodgers 5, 
Giants 5. 

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Wolf (3-2)	6.0  6  5-5  1  6  4.30
Seanez	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.50
Broxton	        1.0  2  1-1  0  2  .077
Saito	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.93
 HBP- By Saito. T- 2:56. Att- 43,953.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Third baseman Wilson Betemit, who hasn't even reached base over his 11 trips to the plate batting righthanded, did not see action. He hit just .189 from the right side last year and has a lifetime righthanded average of .230, 53 points below his career mark from the left side. Overall, he has six RBI, only one on a hit. The others -- three on sacrifice flies, one on a bases-loaded walk and one on a fielder's choice. Little, treading softly, said "Eventually, we're going to need a little bit more from him." Little also reaffirmed moving first baseman Nomar Garciaparra across the diamond to third base was "not on my radar screen yet" but wouldn't rule it out. ...Outfielder Matt Kemp (right shoulder) and RHP Yhency Brazoban are scheduled for rehabilitation assignments at Triple-A Las Vegas tonight. ... Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo's second simulated game was pushed back because of blisters on his index and middle fingers that rose after his first such game. ... Outfielder Jason Repko, who probably is out for the season following surgery on his left hamstring, returned to Los Angeles to begin his rehab program. ... Andre Ethier got the start in right field against the left-handed Lowry after hitting .351 against left-handers last year. However, he is now only 1-for-9 against them this year, having sat out four of the six games that left-handers started against the Dodgers. ...Disabled pitcher Jason Schmidt (shoulder) was not expected to rejoin the club until Thursday after spending the last few days at his Arizona home for the birth of his third child. Schmidt last pitched April 14 and has not begun tossing, an apparent indication that he will be sidelined awhile, although no timetable for his return has been announced. ...Pitcher Scott Elbert has been shut down at Double-A Jacksonville because of a shoulder injury.