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Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 7:23 PM EDT
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San Francisco Giants
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R H E
6 6 0
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3 4 0
W Schmidt (11-4)
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SAN FRANCISCO 6, CHICAGO CUBS 3
 

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Edgardo Alfonzo hit his second career grand slam and Jason Schmidt took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as the San Francisco Giants posted a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs .

Alfonzo's grand slam off Kerry Wood (10-8) in the top of the second inning staked Schmidt to a 4-0 lead. His previous grand slam came against Donovan Osborne of the St. Louis Cardinals on August 14, 1997, when Alfonzo was a member of the New York Mets .

"He threw me a ball not in my particular spot and I was just able to get a good swing on it," Alfonzo said. "The pitch was down and in a bit."

Barry Bonds walked and Andres Galarraga reached on an infield single to start the second. After Benito Santiago struck out, Jeffrey Hammonds , whose contract was purchased from Class AAA Fresno prior to the game, walked to load the bases.

Alfonzo drilled a 2-1 pitch into the left field bleachers, giving Schmidt (11-4) all the offense he needed. The early offense was a stark contrast to Tuesday, when the Giants managed just two hits against Matt Clement .

"After last night's game, whenever you get a run, whether it's off Wood or Clement or whoever is throwing, it's great," Alfonzo added. "Kerry is one of the league's best pitchers."

"Woody pitched pretty good, but he just made that one mistake and it killed him," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "Schmidt is a tough pitcher, too."

After missing a turn due to tightness in his right forearm, Schmidt showed the form that made him the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star game. He allowed only two hits in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Schmidt, who combined with five relievers on a four-hitter, lost the no-hitter and shutout in the sixth when he surrendered a two-run homer to Kenny Lofton .

"The first few innings he was very tough, then he got a little tired," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I think he hasn't had that many innings the last three weeks."

Schmidt has won three straight starts and six of his last seven decisions. He retired the first 12 batters and held the Cubs hitless for 5 1/3 innings. Paul Bako led off the sixth with a walk and scored one out later on Lofton's homer.

"I felt kinda rusty," Schmidt said. "The first inning I was trying to get in that zone where you just see the glove and throw, then I finally settled in."

The Giants got back those runs on Galarraga's RBI double over the head of center fielder Lofton in the eighth and Rich Aurilia 's RBI single in the ninth.

Tim Worrell gave up a sacrifice fly to Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the ninth.

"We need some offense," Baker said. "With two months left, you hate to say it's just the offense. Hopefully, our whole team will jell soon."

Wood gave up only three hits and struck out nine in six innings, but lost his second straight start. He dropped to 4-2 lifetime against the Giants, including 1-1 this season.

On April 29, Wood yielded one run and seven hits in six innings in a 4-2 win over San Francisco.

"You hate to let the rest of the team down," Wood said. "It was really the walks, not the home run, that killed me. It's just a shame that I did not get the job done today."

The Giants evened the three-game series at a win apiece and avoided consecutive losses for the first time since July 9-10. They have won 11 of their last 13 games and 16 of 21.


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