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Schmidt wins eighth straight as Giants edge Jays

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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Schmidt struck out 12 and worked into the seventh inning to win his career-high eighth straight decision, leading San Francisco to a 4-3 victory over Toronto in the first of a three- game interleague series at SBC Park. Schmidt (8-2) -- who improved to 8-0 in his last 10 starts -- was charged with two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Giants , who have won two straight and three of four. Matt Herges recorded the final four outs for his 17th save.

"I never really felt that sharp," Schmidt said. "I made some mistakes, but they popped some of them up. And we played good defense."

Chris Gomez homered for the Blue Jays , who have lost two straight and four of five. Frank Menechino and Frank Catalanotto both posted two hits in defeat.

Edgardo Alfonzo finished with two hits for San Francisco, which scored twice in the fourth to go ahead 2-1 against Miguel Batista .

Michael Tucker worked a leadoff walk and scored on a triple to deep right by Pedro Feliz . After Barry Bonds walked, Feliz came home on A.J. Pierzynski 's fielder's choice grounder to third.

San Francisco's Dustan Mohr led off the fifth with a single and was sacrificed to second, but he didn't score.

The Giants mounted a two-out, two-run rally in the sixth. Pierzynski walked and scored from first on a double to left by Alfonzo. An infield single by Neifi Perez plated Alfonzo, who had advanced to third on the throw home on his double, to make it 4-1.

"It all starts with Schmidt," Pierzynski said. "Ever since he's been going good, we've been going good. It seems like we score just enough runs for him and make him work."

Batista (4-5), the Toronto starter, lost for the first time in three decisions. He gave up four runs on five hits and six walks in six innings.

The Blue Jays got within 4-3 in the seventh. After Menechino opened the inning with a single, reliever Jason Christiansen served up a two-out, two-run pinch- hit homer to Gomez.

The Blue Jays put runners on first and second before Tyler Walker retired Gregg Zaun on a fly to end the rally.

Toronto got the tying run to second base on an eighth-inning double by Chris Woodward off Felix Rodriguez with one out. But Herges came on to retire Dave Berg and end the threat.

Toronto went ahead 1-0 in the second. With one out, Zaun singled and scored on a triple to right by Eric Hinske .

The team got runners at the corners with two outs, but Schmidt fanned Batista to end the inning.

Schmidt, who hasn't given up more than three runs or seven hits in his last 10 starts, improved to 6-2 at home this season.

Batista fell to 4-6 in 21 career appearances, including 14 starts, against San Francisco.

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