Dodgers 3, Giants 1


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Odalis Perez pitched seven strong innings and held Barry Bonds in check, Kenny Lofton hit an RBI triple for his first hit with Los Angeles, and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 Saturday night.

Perez (2-0) allowed only three hits – none after the third inning – before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Perez walked three, struck out two and threw 94 pitches.

Takashi Saito pitched a scoreless eighth, and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Bonds went 1-for-3 and drew an intentional walk, making him to 4-for-21 with 10 walks – four intentional. He remains without a home run this season, having played in eight of the Giants’ 10 games, and stuck at 708 for third place on baseball’s all-time list. Henry Aaron is the leader at 755, followed by Babe Ruth at 714.

Steve Finley hit a run-scoring single in the second to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Lofton’s two-out triple off Jason Schmidt (0-2) in the third drove in the tying run, and the Dodgers went ahead 2-1 in the fourth on Dioner Navarro’s RBI grounder.

Navarro hit an RBI single off Scott Munter in the eighth to provide the Dodgers with an insurance run.

Schmidt gave up three hits and two runs in six innings while walking seven – one shy of his career high – and striking out four. He threw 114 pitches.

Bonds was booed when the lineups were announced before the game, and even louder before his first at-bat, when he lined to right fielder J.D. Drew to end the first.

Bonds drew an intentional walk in the third and grounded to first in the sixth off Perez. Bonds opened the ninth by hitting an opposite-field double off Baez.

Extra security guards, including policemen, were stationed in the left field bleachers and surrounded the infield and outfield between innings, the result of the Dodgers and major league baseball combining to tighten security around Bonds.

A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds committed perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never used steroids, a person with knowledge of the probe has told The Associated Press.

Notes: The announced attendance on Jackie Robinson Day was 55,132 – the eighth-largest regular-season crowd in Dodger Stadium history. … Giants INF Lance Niekro plans to leave the Giants after Sunday night’s game because of the death of his maternal grandfather, and rejoin the team Wednesday in Arizona. … Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent hit the 476th double of his career in the fourth, tying him with former Dodger Zack Wheat for 61st on baseball’s all-time list. … OF Moises Alou, who has hit three of San Francisco’s five homers, was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a sore left calf muscle. Manager Felipe Alou said that barring a setback, his son would return to action in the next few days. … Lofton, who came off the 15-day disabled list Friday and grounded into a double play as a pinch hitter, made his first start of the season and went 1-for-3 with a walk. The Dodgers are the 10th team he’s played for in a career that began in 1991.

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