Dodgers 5, Giants 0, 1st game

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Rookie Edwin Jackson refused to become too excited about striking out Barry Bonds—he knows the slugger could easily get him later.

It was one of seven strikeouts for Jackson in six scoreless innings, and he worked around eight walks as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

“You look at it as a strikeout of Barry Bonds, but hopefully it won’t be the last time,” Jackson said. “I take it as it is.”

The teams had their game April 12 postponed because of rain, forcing them to play a four-game series in the season’s final weekend.

Jackson (2-1) gave up two hits and struck out seven. He outpitched fellow rookie Jerome Williams (7-5), who likely will pitch Game 4 in the first round of the playoffs against Florida.

“Through the first five innings, you saw two of the brightest young pitching prospects you’ll be seeing over the next few years,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

Guillermo Mota, Tom Martin, Paul Quantrill and Eric Gagne completed the two-hit shutout, the Dodgers’ 17th of the season.

Robin Ventura hit an RBI double in the first and the Dodgers tagged Tim Worrell for four runs in the ninth—Adrian Beltre and Jolbert Cabrera had RBI singles and Cesar Izturis hit a two-run single.

Bonds, who hit career homer No. 658 in Friday’s 10-1 win, went 0-for-2 with an intentional walk. He was plunked in the right shoulder by Jackson in his first at-bat, drawing loud boos from the sellout crowd of 42,192.

Jackson intentionally walked Bonds in the third after Jeffrey Hammonds’ double to load the bases. Jose Cruz Jr. and Benito Santiago each struck out.

Bonds struck out in the fifth on a 93 mph fastball on full-count and again in the eighth.

The 39-year-old Bonds was not scheduled to start the night game, but manager Felipe Alou said he would play again Sunday.

Williams retired 13 straight Los Angeles batters after walking Adrian Beltre in the first inning before Jason Christiansen relieved to start the sixth.

Alou said before the game that if Williams pitched five or more innings, he probably wouldn’t pitch Game 3 of the playoffs next Friday in Florida. Jason Schmidt, Sidney Ponson and Kirk Rueter are set to start the first three games.

The Giants also left the bases loaded in the first. Hammonds got aboard on a fielder’s choice, Bonds was hit by a pitch and Cruz walked. But Jackson struck out Santiago swinging to end the threat. San Francisco stranded runners on second and third in the sixth.

“When you don’t have your best stuff, you have to challenge hitters, and Iwas able to get out of some tough situations today,” Jackson said.

Notes

The Dodgers are playing their only doubleheader of the season and first since April 28, 2002, at Chicago. It’s also San Francisco’s first doubleheader this year. … Jackson threw 106 pitches, 53 strikes. Williams made 72 pitches with 51 strikes. … Williams made his first career appearance against the Dodgers and Jackson faced the Giants for the first time. … Of the Dodgers’ 17 shutouts, 15 have been combined. … The Giants’ two hits matched their second-lowest total of the season. They were also two-hit at the Chicago Cubs on July 29 and no-hit April 27 at Philadelphia. “The concern here is about themen left on,” Alou said.

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