“The best game of his life—put it like that,” Santiago said.
Schmidt will look to duplicate the effort and help the Giants extend their lead in the NL West when the division rivals resume a three-game series at Pacific Bell Park.
On Thursday, Schmidt pitched his third shutout of the season, limiting the Dodgers to three hits in a 2-0 win. He struck out 11 and walked two.
“From the first at-bat, I knew he was going to be tough,” Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said. “He was throwing BBs. He has a great slider, a good fastball, and he really threw the ball well.”
The Giants entered the series in a first-place tie with the Dodgers, but regained sole possession with a dramatic 3-2 victory on Monday.
Barry Bonds stole the 500th base of his career after walking in the bottom of the 11th inning and scored the winning run on a single by Santiago.
Bonds became the first player in baseball history with more than 500 home runs and 500 steals. No other player even has 400 homers and 400 steals.
The Dodgers were without first baseman Fred McGriff, who leads the team with 10 homers. McGriff, who has missed eight straight games with a nagging injury to his right groin, was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 14. It’s his first trip to the DL in his 18-year career.
“I figure I’m hurting the team if I get on base and I can’t score,” McGriff said. “I pride myself on going out there every day and staying away from injuries, but this time, it got me. I guess I didn’t do something right in the offseason.”
Los Angeles has lost two straight after winning 10 of 11.
STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 1 GB NL West. Giants - 1st place, NL West.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Odalis Perez (4-5, 4.53 ERA). Perez has lost his last three decisions, but pitched well against the Giants on Thursday. Through seven innings of the 2-0 loss, he allowed two runs and five hits. The 27-year-old lefty is 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA in seven career games against the Giants.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Schmidt (6-3, 2.43 ERA). In 18 career games against the Dodgers, Schmidt is 5-6 with a 4.63 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Lo Duca, .326 avg.; McGriff, 10 HRs; Shawn Green, 38 RBIs and 35 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs. Giants - Ray Durham, .317 avg.; Bonds, 20 HRs, 44 RBIs and 51 runs; Bonds and Marquis Grissom, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 7-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - RF Green is batting .588 (10-for-17) with two homers in his career against RHP Schmidt. … The Dodgers recalled INF Larry Barnes from Triple-A Las Vegas to take 1B McGriff’s roster spot. … After sitting out one game, LF Brian Jordan returned to the lineup and went 2-for-5 Monday. He said he has constant stiffness in his oblique muscles. Giants - LF Bonds is 6-for-17 (.353) with three home runs in his career against LHP Perez. … 1B Andres Galarraga hit his 392nd career homer on Monday. He is one behind Houston’s Jeff Bagwell for 38th on the all-time list. … The Giants have led the division since opening day.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 20-15 on the road; Giants - 22-13 at home.
INJURIES: Dodgers - 1B McGriff (groin), 15-day DL; C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL. Giants - IF J.T. Snow (groin), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL.