SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) --
struck out 12 in 7 1/3 innings as the
San Francisco Giants
extended their winning streak over the
to seven games with an 8-2 victory.
Schmidt won his third consecutive decision, allowing just one run, six hits and three walks. He has allowed just seven runs - six earned - in 30 innings in his last four starts.
"Unbelievable, he was tough with the command of his low away strike with his fastball, changeup and hard slider," Milwaukee manager
said. "Anytime you can do that with that type of stuff you're going to be virtually unhittable. And he did that tonight."
The hard-throwing righthander struck out 10 or more for the fourth time this season and the 12th time in his career.
"There's no book," he said. "You've got to go out there and do what you can do on your own and I don't look at the statistics like that. You go out and try not to do too much, so just go out and try to throw strikes."
"He had good stuff," Giants manager
said. "How many strikeouts did he have? It looked like 15. Right now, he's at the top of his game. We got a big first inning so that was pretty much the game."
The Giants gave Schmidt (15-5) an early lead with four runs in the first inning.
had an RBI single and J.T. Snow and
scored when pitcher
(10-11) made a wild throw on
Alfonzo added a run-scoring double in the eighth for San Francisco, which has won nine of its last 10 games with Milwaukee since the start of the 2002 season.
had three hits and
drove in three runs for the Giants, who have won nine of their last 12 games overall and reduced their magic number for clinching the National League West Division to six.
"We're just playing baseball and we know it's getting close to the end, but I think mentally we're trying to go out there and finish what we started," Grissom said.
Kinney struggled from the start as
and Snow hit consecutive singles to open the first. Bonds walked with one out to load the bases before Alfonzo singled.
Santiago followed with a slow grounder in front of the plate. Kinney barehanded the ball and his backhanded toss to catcher
sailed wide. Snow scored to make it 2-1 and Bonds came home easily, reaching 100 runs scored for the 11th time in his career.
"On the swinging bunt (Kinney) should have ate it," Yost said. "The competitive nature in him, he tried to make the play and it ended up costing him another run."
Grissom bounced into a fielder's choice to plate Alfonzo for a 4-0 cushion.
Kinney settled down thereafter, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters before Aurilia singled to open the sixth. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Grissom four batters later.
spoiled Schmidt's shutout bid with a leadoff homer in the eighth. Schmidt left after yielding a two-out single to