Schmidt (5-2, 2.70 ERA) is 7-0 with a 4.75 ERA against Florida in 16 appearances, including 14 starts. He continued his winning ways against the Marlins on Wednesday, giving up one run and five hits while striking out 10 over 5 2-3 innings of a 6-1 victory in Miami.
“It was the first time all our guys have seen (Schmidt) except (Miguel) Cabrera,” Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. “That usually favors the pitcher.”
The right-hander threw 111 pitches in his shortest outing of the season before leaving with a cramp in his right leg. The Giants indicated that he would be fine for Tuesday’s outing.
Schmidt is 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his last eight starts, striking out 45 and walking only 12 in that span. He was named NL Pitcher of the Month for May after going 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA.
“That’s great,” manager Felipe Alou said. “He wasn’t winning games at the beginning but we said, ‘He’s throwing a great ball.’ Everything came together for him.”
Schmidt hasn’t won six straight decisions since he won a career-high 12 straight from April 26-July 17, 2004.
San Francisco (30-27) opened the series with a 14-2 victory Monday, highlighted by Barry Bonds’ 716th homer. The seven-time NL MVP hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning off Brian Moehler and briefly went into the dugout before coming to the top of the steps and bringing his hands to his lips for a kiss and a wave to the crowd of 35,438.
Bonds was playing his first home game since hitting his 715th homer May 28 against Colorado to move past Babe Ruth for second place on baseball’s all-time list.
“I’m just happy I’ve been playing for 20 years,” he said. “There’s pitchers I wasn’t born yet when they came into the game. It kind of evens itself out.”
Bonds is batting .333 (15-for-45) with 12 homers over his last 15 games.
Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson (4-3, 2.42) will get his first chance to face Bonds after he lost to San Francisco last week when the slugger sat out. Johnson allowed three runs and seven hits over seven innings in Wednesday’s loss to Schmidt.
Johnson was named NL Rookie of the Month for May after going 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA in six starts.
“It’s pretty cool, something I’ll always remember,” Johnson said.
Florida had its season-high three-game road winning streak snapped and fell for only the fourth time in 13 games.
“This is the day to do it,” Girardi said. “Keep all of our guys fresh and give all our guys at-bats.”
Cabrera was hitless in three at-bats, snapping his 11-game hitting streak and lowering his NL-leading average from .361 to .356. He batted .525 (21-for-40) with 11 RBIs during the streak.