Detroit (16-42) at San Francisco (37-23)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 7, 2003
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The San Francisco Giants will try to keep up their strong play in Jason Schmidt’s starts when they host the Detroit Tigers in the middle game of their interleague series.

The Giants are 9-2 in Schmidt’s starts this season, including 5-1 at Pacific Bell Park.

That lone home loss came in Monday’s 4-1 decision to Colorado when the right-hander allowed two earned runs and seven hits while striking out nine over seven innings.

“I’ve gotten good run support. I can’t complain here,” said Schmidt, who had gotten nearly six runs in support in each of his previous three starts. “It’s always frustrating when you lose.”

Schmidt, whose 2.54 ERA ranks third in the National League, is holding opponents to a .198 batting average, second-best in the league.

After dropping two of three to Minnesota to open interleague play, the Giants took the opener of this series 5-3 and improved to 7-3 on a season-high 12-game homestand.

Marquis Grissom and Ray Durham combined to go 3-for-8, extending their hitting streaks to 10 games each.

Barry Bonds was 1-for-3 with a walk. He is batting .367 (11-for-30) with two homers, seven RBIs and eight walks over his last nine games.

The Tigers, who entered this series after taking two of three in San Diego, lost for the sixth time in nine games.

Brandon Inge and Dmitri Young each homered for the Tigers, who have the majors’ worst record.

Inge came into Friday’s game batting 2-for-18 in his previous six games before finishing 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Young is batting .385 (15-for-39) during a 10-game hitting streak with six homers, a double, a triple and 13 RBIs.

STANDINGS: Tigers - 5th place, 17 GB, AL Central. Giants - 1st place, NL West.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Mike Maroth (1-10, 5.56 ERA). After earning his first victory of the season with a 3-2 road decision over the Chicago White Sox on May 23, Maroth followed it with an 8-2 home loss to Cleveland on May 28. The 25-year-old left-hander gave up two earned runs, two hits and two walks and left after 1 1-3 innings with a strained hamstring. Maroth, in just his second major league season, has never faced the Giants.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Schmidt (4-2, 2.54 ERA). Schmidt has a 1.44 ERA over his last three starts, but is only 1-1 over that span. In his lone career start against the Tigers, Schmidt is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Tigers - Young, .278 avg., 12 HRs and 38 RBIs; Bobby Higginson, 30 runs; Alex Sanchez, 9 SBs. Giants - Grissom, .314 avg. and 6 SBs; Bonds, 14 HRs and 39 runs; Benito Santiago, 36 RBIs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Tigers - 2-2; Giants - 2-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - DH Young is batting .300 (6-for-20) against RHP Schmidt with an RBI and two walks. … RF Higginson hasn’t homered since May 18, spanning 65 at-bats. … CF Alex Sanchez hasn’t driven in a run since coming over in a trade from Milwaukee on May 28. He is batting .243 (9-for-37). Giants - RHP Tim Worrell has 15 saves in 17 chances this season. … RHP Schmidt has 36 strikeouts over his last 31 2-3 innings, spanning four starts. … C Benito Santiago got the day off Friday.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 11-21 on the road; Giants - 19-13 at home.

INJURIES: Tigers - 3B Dean Palmer (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL. Giants - RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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