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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds accepted another shelf's worth of awards, then disappeared into the dugout and left it to his teammates to win without him.
Felipe Alou said throughout spring training that the Giants would find ways to be successful despite the absence of their injured star -- and they showed it in their opener, against their rival and in front of a fervid sellout crowd.
Ray Durham scored the go-ahead run on Jose Valentin's seventh-inning error at third, and Jason Schmidt struck out nine in seven strong innings to lead San Francisco over the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Tuesday.
And oh what a Giants debut for Omar Vizquel.
The nine-time Gold Glove shortstop, fighting nerves in the early innings, had a single, a double, a walk and a stolen base. He also combined with second baseman Ray Durham to turn a crucial and difficult double play in the ninth inning -- Durham scooped up a slow chopper by Milton Bradley and made an underhand toss to Vizquel, who then leapt over Jeff Kent and threw to first baseman J.T. Snow.
"I've been turning that double play for a while," said Vizquel, who spent the last 11 seasons with Cleveland. "I'm used to making that. No doubt we have a great defensive team."
What Vizquel considered a routine play was cause for celebration for San Francisco fans who have been starved of great shortstop defense in recent years.
Edgardo Alfonzo, trimmer after a rigorous offseason routine, hit a tying two-run homer in the fourth for the Giants, favored to win the NL West.
"We have to come in every day and be positive," Alfonzo said. "We know we miss Barry, and everybody knows that. But we don't have to lay down."
Scott Eyre retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the eighth, and Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his first save as San Francisco's new closer. The Giants added a run on pitcher Giovanni Carrara's throwing error in the eighth.
While it's only one win, this meant plenty to the Giants, knocked out of playoff contention last fall by their rival in Dodger Stadium. And, in 2000 when the Giants' fancy new waterfront ballpark opened, Los Angeles swept San Francisco in a three-game set.
"With Barry out, we need everybody to get off to the best possible start with the bat," said Alou, San Francisco's third-year manager.
Bonds, recovering from two operations on his right knee, is on the disabled list for the third time in his career, the first since April 18 to June 9, 1999, when he recovered from elbow surgery. Bonds had made 18 straight opening-day appearances, which had been the longest active streak in the majors.
Derek Lowe lost in his Dodgers' debut, allowing two earned runs and eight hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks. But his defense couldn't make the routine play when it had to.
"I'm never happy when I lose," said Lowe, who in his previous start pitched seven shutout innings against St. Louis to complete Boston's first World Series title since 1918.
Cesar Izturis homered for Los Angeles on the second pitch of the game, his first leadoff homer and the first by the Dodgers since Aug. 9, 2003, against Chicago.
The last time Los Angeles began the season with a leadoff homer had been April 4, 1988, by Steve Sax off San Francisco's Dave Dravecky. The Dodgers went on to win the World Series that year.
"Izturis hit the home run and it went downhill from there," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "We didn't do much offensively and then we surrendered those runs."
Jason Phillips made it 2-0 with a second-inning sacrifice fly for the defending NL West champions, whose offseason overhaul has everybody curious how this team will respond.
Schmidt, who got the win, didn't let that one bad pitch to Izturis haunt him. Starting with Phillips' sacrifice fly, the right-hander retired 10 of the next 11 batters. He also got four straight strikeouts during one stretch that included striking out the side in the sixth.
"I felt like I was in a groove the whole game," Schmidt said. "It was just fun to go out there and put the ball where you want."
The game drew a ballpark record 42,788 fans, surpassing the previous record of 42,686 set last July 22 against San Diego.
|Jason Schmidt shakes off a first-inning home run to pitch seven dominating innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||1||2||1||0||2||0||.500|
|Hee Seop Choi, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|a- Antonio Perez, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Jeff Kent, 2B-1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.333|
|Milton Bradley, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Jose Valentin, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.000|
|Ricky Ledee, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.333|
|Jason Phillips, C||2||0||0||1||0||1||1||.000|
|Derek Lowe, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Giovanni Carrara, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kelly Wunsch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Choi in the 8th|
|HR - Cesar Izturis (1, Schmidt)|
|SF - Jason Phillips (1)|
|RBI - Cesar Izturis (1), Jason Phillips (1)|
|SB - Jeff Kent (1, 2nd base off Schmidt/Matheny)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Giovanni Carrara (1, Wild throw), Jose Valentin (1, Misplated grounder)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Derek Lowe (L,0-1)||7||8||3||2||2||6||1||2.57|
|HBP - Durham (by Derek Lowe)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 103-71, Giovanni Carrara 12-8, Kelly Wunsch 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 8-7, Giovanni Carrara 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 32, Giovanni Carrara 3, Kelly Wunsch 2|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Ray Durham, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.667|
|J.T. Snow, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.333|
|Moises Alou, RF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.000|
|Pedro Feliz, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||4||.250|
|Scott Eyre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Ellison, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.750|
|Marquis Grissom, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Mike Matheny, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Jason Schmidt, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|a- Michael Tucker, PH-RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Armando Benitez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Schmidt in the 7th|
|2B - Omar Vizquel (1, Lowe), Edgardo Alfonzo (1, Carrara)|
|HR - Edgardo Alfonzo (1, Lowe)|
|RBI - Edgardo Alfonzo 2 (2)|
|SB - Omar Vizquel (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Phillips)|
|CS - Ray Durham (1, 2nd base by Lowe/Phillips)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Durham-Vizquel-Snow|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Jason Schmidt (W,1-0)||7||4||2||2||2||9||1||2.57|
|Scott Eyre (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Armando Benitez (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 102-60, Scott Eyre 23-18, Armando Benitez 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 2-10, Scott Eyre 1-0, Armando Benitez 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 27, Scott Eyre 3, Armando Benitez 3|
|Attendance - 42788|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|