Giants fans miss Dodgers shutout

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Giants got their third shutout in six games this season, but hardly anyone witnessed it.

Playing before the smallest Candlestick Park crowd since 1992, Terry Mulholland scattered six hits in seven innings and the Giants took advantage of four Los Angeles errors in one inning to beat the Dodgers 7-0 yesterday.

Glenallen Hill and J.R. Phillips hit two-run homers, Barry Bonds got his first hit and RBI of the season and Matt Williams added three hits.

The crowd of 10,828 on a cool, breezy day was the smallest since Sept. 10, 1992, when the Giants drew 6,691 for a game against Houston. It was the smallest Giants-Dodgers crowd at Candlestick in a decade.

''It's very surprising,'' Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said. ''Especially with what (Giants owner) Peter Magowan has done for that club. He saved them from leaving town. The fans should show some of their appreciation.''

The Giants, who blanked the Florida Marlins on consecutive days over the weekend, have three shutouts on a homestand for the first time since July 1988.

Mulholland (1-1) walked three and struck out three. The closest the Dodgers came to scoring was in the first, when Raul Mondesi walked with two outs and tried to score on Eric Karros' single to right.

Mondesi slammed into catcher Kirt Manwaring, who held on to the ball and then had to be separated from Mondesi.

Mulholland lost the Giants' season opener in Atlanta last Wednesday, lasting just two innings and allowing six runs. He gave up six straight hits to start that game.

''I felt much more like myself today,'' Mulholland said. ''I pitched inside more, I challenged them more. I feel if I can do that, I can go against anybody.''

Hill and Phillips each hit his second homer. Phillips has just two hits in 19 at-bats this season, and both are homers. The rookie also has struck out 11 times.

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