Alfonzo staked the Giants to a 4-0 lead in the second inning
with his second career grand slam. Schmidt (11-4) and the bullpen
did the rest for the Giants, who won for the 11th time in 13 games.
San Francisco loaded the bases with one out in the second off a
wild Kerry Wood (10-8), who gave up a single to Andres Galarraga
and walks to Barry Bonds and Jeffrey Hammonds. Alfonzo then hit a
2-1 pitch deep into the left-field bleachers for his first grand
slam since Aug. 14, 1997.
Schmidt retired his first 12 batters -- needing just four pitches
to get through the fourth inning. That run was snapped when he
walked Moises Alou to lead off the fifth.
Kenny Lofton broke up the no-hitter with one out in the sixth
with his 10th homer -- a two-run shot that brought Chicago within
4-2. It was Lofton's first home run since joining the Cubs from
Pittsburgh on July 22.
Mark Grudzielanek followed with a single up the middle for the
Cubs' only other hit against Schmidt. After a brief meeting on the
mound, Schmidt settled down and got Sammy Sosa to fly out and Alou
on a weak grounder to the mound.
That was all for Schmidt, who walked two and struck out seven to
win for the sixth time in seven starts. It was his first outing
since leaving in the sixth inning against Colorado on July 19
because of tightness in his right forearm. He missed one start to
give his arm extra time to recuperate.
Schmidt, who threw two scoreless innings as the NL starter in
the All-Star Game, has pitched a team-high 144 innings this season
and has an NL-leading five complete games.
Wood, however, had his second straight poor outing.
The right-hander, who allowed a season-high eight runs his last
time out, gave up four runs on three hits and four walks in six
innings. He struck out nine.
The Giants added another run in the eighth when Galarraga
doubled over Lofton's head in center field to score Marquis
Grissom. Rich Aurilia's RBI single in the ninth made it 6-2.
Bonds drew oohs from the crowd during batting practice,
hitting several towering home runs to right field -- including one
that cleared Sheffield Avenue and caromed off a third-story window
of a brick apartment building. The crowd cheered as Bonds exited
the batting cage, prompting the Giants slugger to smile and doff
his cap in acknowledgment. ... The Cubs acquired Texas OF Doug
Glanville before the game for minor league OF Jason Fransz and
cash. Glanville, who played two seasons with the Cubs at the start
of his career, is expected to join the team on Thursday. ... The
Giants have won 16 of 21. ... Hammonds' contract was purchased from
Triple-A Fresno before the game. He started in right field and went
0-for-3 with a run scored.
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