Schmidt strikes out 13

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jason Schmidt's only flaw was his timing.

Schmidt pitched a career-best one-hitter with 13 strikeouts

Tuesday night, beating the Chicago Cubs 1-0 and giving the San

Francisco Giants a much-needed spark. He gave up only Michael

Barrett's infield single in the fifth, then retired his last 13

batters in his sixth career shutout and 14th complete game.

"It was fun to be a part of," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said.

"It was awesome. It was one of the best performances I've ever

been a part of."

Too bad for Schmidt it came on the same night Randy Johnson

pitched a perfect game, becoming the oldest pitcher in baseball

history to accomplish the feat.

"That's all right," Schmidt said. "He threw a perfect game.

That's well-deserved. I'm happy for him. That's awesome. I can't

wait to go back and watch the highlights."

Schmidt (3-2) should check out his own, too. Just seven months

after having elbow surgery, the right-hander matched his career

high for strikeouts and dominated a Cubs lineup that was missing

Sammy Sosa. Schmidt never allowed a runner to reach second base and

walked only one while throwing 144 pitches. He even got two hits.

It was his first complete game since June 30, 2003, against St.

Louis, and his first shutout since June 19, 2003, at Los Angeles.

The one-hitter was San Francisco's first since July 29, 1990, when

Scott Garrelts beat the Cincinnati Reds.

"I'll take the shutout and the win any day. I can't argue with

that," Schmidt said. "No-hitters, there's a lot of luck involved.

If I never get one, so be it. I'm not going to lose sleep over


Barry Bonds, back in the lineup after missing a weekend series

against Pittsburgh because of back spasms, scored the only run as

the Giants snapped a four-game losing streak. Pedro Feliz, making

his first start of the year at shortstop in an effort to spark the

offense, hit a two-out single in the fourth for his team-leading

23rd RBI.

It was only the fourth victory in 13 games for the Giants, seven

games behind Los Angeles in the NL West.

"It's just nice to get the win, no matter what," Schmidt said.

Matt Clement (5-3) lost his second straight start for the first

time this season despite allowing only five hits in eight innings --

and only one in his last four innings. He struck out six and walked


But without Sosa, probably headed to the disabled list with a

sprained ligament in his back, the Cubs were no match for Schmidt.

"He just threw an outstanding game," Clement said. "I know I

had no chance of hitting him."

Schmidt retired his first eight batters before Clement reached

on a strikeout-wild pitch. Schmidt set down another three in a row

before walking Moises Alou in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Schmidt thought he got Barrett on a

called strike. But plate umpire Tim McClelland called it a ball,

giving Barrett one more chance.

"I thought it was a strike at the time," Schmidt said. "It

was a close one. It's going to be one of those you think of the

rest of your life."

On the next pitch, Barrett hit a grounder just inside the

third-base line. Edgardo Alfonzo scrambled for the ball, but

Barrett beat his throw to first by a couple of steps.

"It was disappointing, but isn't that the way it always is with

disappointment," Schmidt said. "There's always that one pitch or

one play that everybody says, `What if?"

Schmidt was unhittable the rest of the way, striking out the

side in the eighth. Giants manager Felipe Alou had relievers

warming up in the ninth, but Schmidt finished it.

"Of course the concerns were there," Felipe Alou said. "We

don't want a guy up in a pitch count like that. But he really

didn't have a bad inning. He kept saying he felt good and he kept

getting people out."

And Bonds helped give Schmidt all the offense he needed.

With a gametime temperature of 51 degrees, Felipe Alou made out

four lineup cards, only one of which had Bonds' name on it, and

waited to see how the slugger felt during batting practice.

"The losing streak we were in was the ultimate decision in

playing Bonds tonight," Felipe Alou said.

Bonds didn't disappoint. After San Francisco blew a chance to

score with the bases loaded in the third, Bonds led off the fourth

inning with a seven-pitch walk. He went to second on a groundout

and scored on Feliz's single to center.

"I'll take that help any day," Schmidt said. "We needed a

sparkplug to get things going. Hopefully, this helps."

^Notes:@ Schmidt has struck out 13 four times in his career. ...

Schmidt is 8-5 lifetime against the Cubs, including wins in his

last four decisions. ... San Francisco hasn't lost more than four

in a row since dropping six straight Aug. 12-18, 2003.