SAN FRANCISCO – Omar Vizquel lined a tiebreaking single to right with two outs in the eighth and Randy Winn hit his career-high 16th home run, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.

The Giants spoiled Jeff Weaver’s bid for his career-high 15th win, earning their second straight one-run victory over their archrivals.

Winn connected for the second straight day, Tyler Walker (4-4) didn’t retire a batter but got a caught stealing call and was credited for one-third of an inning for the win, and Vizquel’s timely hit was his first of the game.

Armando Benitez finished for his 15th save.

With two outs in the third, Winn sent a 1-1 pitch from Weaver (14-10) onto the walkway beyond the right-field fence for his 10th homer since joining the Giants in a July 30 trade with the Seattle Mariners. He splashed a solo shot into McCovey Cove on Friday night.

Willy Aybar hit his first career home run for the Dodgers, who fell a game behind the Giants into third place in the NL West. Both teams began the day 51/2 games behind the first-place Padres, who were playing at home against Washington.

Aybar, recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 28, connected with one out in the third, a solo shot into the first row of seats in the right-field arcade.

Ray Durham appeared to give the Giants the lead in the sixth when he hit a ball into the right-field seats and rounded the bases for what he thought was a tiebreaking two-run homer.

Weaver threw his hands up and said, “No!” and the umpires gathered to review the play and signaled a foul ball. Durham returned to the batter’s box and grounded out to second.

Weaver threw 12 strikes in his first 13 pitches, allowing only a two-out double to Edgardo Alfonzo in the first. The right-hander retired 13 of his first 15 batters. He was trying to become the first Dodgers’ pitcher to notch 15 wins since Hideo Nomo in 2003.

Giants ace Jason Schmidt made his first start in 10 days, still nursing a pulled right groin. Schmidt was unsure how he would pitch because he needed to get into a game and really let loose, though he had been “virtually pain-free” for several days leading up to the outing.

Schmidt, trying to become only the third Giants pitcher since 1969 to defeat the Dodgers four times in a season, allowed two hits and one run in five solid innings, struck out six and walked four.

Barry Bonds didn’t start Saturday, a day after hitting career homer No. 704, his customary practice for day games following night games, but manager Felipe Alou expects the slugger to be in the lineup for Sunday’s series finale.

Notes: San Francisco RHP Jeremy Accardo hit an infield single in his first major league plate appearance. … Saturday marked the nine-year anniversary of Nomo’s first no-hitter, beating the Rockies 9-0 at Coors Field – the only no-hitter thrown at Colorado’s downtown ballpark. … Giants Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda celebrated his 68th birthday from his box seat. … Winn committed his first error of the season in the fourth when he misplayed a line drive by Olmedo Saenz, snapping a 164-game errorless streak. It was his first since Sept. 4, 2004. He had 417 chances between errors. … Aybar has an eight-game hitting streak in his first eight major league starts. … The Giants drew 42,864 fans for their 24th sellout, putting season attendance over 3 million after 77 home dates. San Francisco became just the fifth club since 1958 to go over 3 million in six straight seasons.

AP-ES-09-17-05 1854EDT


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