Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Dodgers 7, Giants 6
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES Marquis Grissom robbed Rich Aurilia of a home run in the ninth inning, and Brian Jordan hit a grand slam as the Los Angeles Dodgers held off San Francisco 7-6 Monday night to tie the Giants for the NL wild-card lead.
Aurilia hit a long drive to center field leading off the ninth, but Grissom got back to the wall and made a leaping catch above the fence to preserve the lead.
After Eric Gagne struck out Jeff Kent, the Dodgers intentionally walked Barry Bonds with nobody on putting the tying run at first.
Bonds, who hit his 44th homer in the seventh to cut it to 6-5, was stranded when Benito Santiago struck out.
Gagne got five outs for his 49th save in 53 chances.
Hideo Nomo (15-6) gave up three runs on five hits in six innings to win his sixth consecutive decision in a span of 11 starts. He struck out six and walked four.
The right-hander has been especially effective against the Giants this season, with a 4-1 record in six starts.
The Dodgers, who had lost seven of their last nine, took a 4-3 lead on Jordan's sixth career slam and second of the season in the opener of a key four-game series.
He hit an 0-1 pitch from Jason Schmidt (11-8) into the left-field pavilion with two outs, prompting a huge ovation that brought Jordan out of the dugout for a curtain call.
Jordan has been Los Angeles' best hitter this month, with 20 RBIs in 15 games. His five homers in September also lead the club.
The Dodgers extended their lead to 6-3 in the fifth on a ground-rule double by Adrian Beltre with two outs.
Bonds hit a two-run homer off Jesse Orosco in the seventh to cut it to 6-5.
Eric Karros increased the lead with a leadoff homer on the first pitch from Manny Aybar in the seventh.
David Bell hit an RBI single off Paul Quantrill in the eighth to make it 7-6.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the first on a solo homer by Kent, his 35th, and a bloop double to center by Tom Goodwin. They added a run in the third on a leadoff homer by Aurilia.
One pitch before Beltre's double, Giants right fielder Goodwin chased a foul ball into the stands. He and the ball got there at the same time, but a fan wound up with it. Goodwin looked over his right shoulder in disbelief as the fan jeeringly pointed at the ex-Dodger.
Schmidt (11-8) allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings.
Notes: Bonds broke his own major league record for walks in a season with his 178th in the third inning. Last season, his 177 walks broke Babe Ruth's record of 170 set in 1923. Bonds has been walked intentionally 60 times this season. ... Nomo hasn't lost since a 9-2 defeat against St. Louis on July 16. ... Bonds' homer was the second of his career off Orosco. The first one came July 9, 1988, at Dodger Stadium, when Orosco was 31. ... Quantrill's single in the seventh was his first hit since 1995, and the seventh of his career. ... Bonds was a popular target for hearty booing from the crowd of 35,767. ... The Giants still lead the season series 9-7.
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