Nomo is 12-4 lifetime against the Giants with a 2.77 ERA in 18 starts. The 12 wins are his most against any team in the majors.
The Japanese pitcher boasts a 5-2 record with a 1.64 ERA in eight road starts this season, and is 2-0 with a 1.28 ERA over his last three starts, including a 5-2 home victory over Anaheim on Friday. He gave up an earned run and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings.
“Nomo’s been incredible the last two years,” teammate Shawn Green said of Nomo, who is 24-12 with a 3.11 ERA over the last two seasons. “He’s been as much of an ace as you can ask for. And the way Brownie (Kevin Brown) is throwing, we have two of them.”
After beginning this series with victories in 10 of their last 12, the Dodgers dropped the first two, including Tuesday’s 2-1 setback.
Green drove in the lone on a sacrifice fly for Los Angeles, which fell two games behind the NL West-leading Giants. The Dodgers have lost eight of their last nine visits to Pac Bell, including a three-game sweep from April 10-13.
The Giants won for the third time in four games.
STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 2 GB NL West. Giants - 1st place, NL West.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nomo (8-6, 2.55 ERA). Nomo has 20 strikeouts over his last three starts, spanning 21 1-3 innings. He is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against San Francisco this season.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Damian Moss (7-5, 4.52 ERA). After going 5-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his first seven starts, Moss is 2-5 with an 8.74 ERA in his last seven. This includes a 5-3 loss at Oakland on Friday, when the Australian left-hander allowed four earned runs and seven hits over six innings. Moss is 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers, including a 9-3 road victory on April 19.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .322 avg.; Fred McGriff, 10 HRs; Green, 39 RBIs and 35 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs. Giants - Ray Durham, .317 avg.; Bonds, 20 HRs, 44 RBIs and 51 runs; Bonds and Grissom, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 8-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - The Dodgers have an NL-low 251 RBIs. … Tuesday’s loss marked the Dodgers’ fifth straight one-run defeat to the Giants in San Francisco. … 2B Jolbert Cabrera is the only current Dodger to homer off LHP Moss. He is 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs. Giants - Despite batting just .256 (10-for-39) against RHP Nomo, LF Bonds has three homers, five RBIs and eight walks. … 1B Andres Galarraga, who started his sixth straight game at first base on Tuesday night, has taken over for injured J.T. Snow until further notice. … LF Bonds played in the 2,504th game of his career on Tuesday, passing Babe Ruth for 40th place on baseball’s career list.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 20-16 on the road; Giants - 23-13 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 - INF 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.