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DETROIT -- Jason Schmidt found his All-Star stuff in the ballpark where the midsummer classic will be played next month.
Schmidt pitched eight strong innings, and Tyler Walker got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth with three straight strikeouts to lead the San Francisco Giants over the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Friday night.
"The ace is back and the closer is here," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou declared.
Schmidt (4-3) gave up four hits over the first eight innings and didn't allow a runner to reach third until Placido Polanco, Dmitri Young and Rondell White singled in the ninth. Walker came on and struck out Ivan Rodriguez, Craig Monroe and Chris Shelton for his 10th save in 11 opportunities.
"That was the nastiest I've ever seen him," Schmidt said. "To come in and punch three out with the bases loaded, that's what the greatest closers do in baseball. I had more fun watching that than being out there myself."
Schmidt, who struck out five and walked one, earned his first win since May 24 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and just his second since April 10. The two-time All-Star had lost his previous two starts.
"I tried to not overthrow and to just stay calm," he said after his longest outing of the season.
Mike Matheny drove in two runs with one of his three hits for San Francisco, which has three straight victories for the first time since winning four in a row from May 21-25.
"Momentum happens when you play good baseball," Alou said.
Detroit was coming off a three-game sweep of NL-West leading San Diego.
"We got shut down completely," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.
Nate Robertson (2-5) gave up four runs and eight hits -- including four doubles -- and a walk while matching a season high with five strikeouts over seven innings.
"On any other night, this could've been enough to win," he said.
Robertson, who led Detroit with 12 victories last season, has won only one of his last seven starts.
Matheny's two-out, two-run single gave the Giants all they needed in the second inning. Todd Linden doubled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on J.T. Snow's groundout in the fourth. Matheny doubled in the fifth and scored on Michael Tucker's sacrifice fly.
Though Schmidt isn't throwing in the mid-90s like he used to, Trammell said he found a way to be very effective against the Tigers.
"He got ahead of the hitters, spotted the fastball away and had a nice tight slider," Trammell said. "If you can spot the ball and locate, you don't need much velocity. I'm sure he'd like to have it, but he didn't need it."
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.302|
|Michael Tucker, DH||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||.254|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.271|
|Moises Alou, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.316|
|Ray Durham, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.276|
|Todd Linden, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.143|
|J.T. Snow, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.252|
|Jason Ellison, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.312|
|Mike Matheny, C||4||1||3||2||0||0||1||.241|
|2B - Omar Vizquel (16, Robertson), Todd Linden (1, Robertson), Mike Matheny 2 (14, Robertson, Robertson)|
|SF - Michael Tucker (2)|
|SH - Omar Vizquel (8), Michael Tucker (1)|
|RBI - Michael Tucker (20), J.T. Snow (13), Mike Matheny 2 (30)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Matheny 2 (9)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Jason Schmidt (W,4-3)||8||7||0||0||1||5||0||5.40|
|Tyler Walker (S,10)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 117-78, Tyler Walker 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 5-13|
|Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 31, Tyler Walker 3|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.298|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Dmitri Young, DH||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.264|
|Rondell White, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.301|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.287|
|Craig Monroe, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.267|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.286|
|Tony Giarratano, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|a- Jason Smith, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.196|
|Nook Logan, CF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.303|
|b- Alexis Gomez, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Giarratano in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Logan in the 8th|
|DP - Inge-Polanco-Shelton, Polanco-Shelton|
|Nate Robertson (L,2-5)||7||8||4||4||1||5||0||4.09|
|HBP - Alou (by Chris Spurling)|
|WP - Nate Robertson (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 90-60, Chris Spurling 19-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 10-5, Chris Spurling 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 29, Chris Spurling 7|
|Attendance - 34397|
|Game Time - 2:17|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Mark Wegner|