Series: Game 2 of 3

San Francisco leads 2-0 (as of 4/6)

Game 1: Friday, April 5
San Diego 1Final
in 10
San Francisco 3
Game 2: Saturday, April 6
San Diego 1Final
San Francisco 4
Game 3: Sunday, April 7
San Diego 1Final
San Francisco 10

Padres 1

(1-4, 1-4 away)

Giants 4

(5-0, 2-0 home)

    4:05 PM ET, April 6, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: A. Fultz (1-0)

    L: K. Jarvis (0-2)

    S: R. Nen (2)

    Bonds' sliding catch helps Giants win

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds helped the San Francisco Giants win their fifth straight game with his glove, not his bat.

    Barry Bonds


    The Giants' Barry Bonds makes this diving catch in the third inning and then throws out the Padres' Kevin Jarvis at home.

    Bonds had a spectacular sliding catch with the bases loaded and scored the go-ahead run on J.T. Snow's sixth-inning single as the San Francisco Giants remained undefeated, beating the San Diego Padres 4-1 Saturday.

    "He's got some Gold Gloves," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "We really aren't surprised by anything he does, either defensively or with the bat."

    Bonds, who hit a record 73 home runs last season, was homerless after hitting five in the first four games to tie Lou Brock's pace in 1967. Larry Walker hit six home runs in the first five games in 1997.

    Aaron Fultz (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Giants, who remain the only undefeated team in the majors. Robb Nen earned his second save.

    San Francisco starter Kurt Ainsworth, an Olympic gold medalist making his first career start, got into trouble in the third, loading the bases with no outs for Ryan Klesko, returning from a season-opening suspension.

    Klesko popped up to shallow left, where Bonds sprinted before making a dazzling sliding catch. Without missing a beat, Bonds jumped up and hurled the ball to catcher Benito Santiago in time to catch Padres starter Kevin Jarvis coming in from third.

    "I thought, all right, we've got a chance," said Ainsworth, watching Bonds' catch anxiously from the mound. "And then he had that perfect throw to the plate."

    After Phil Nevin grounded out to end the inning, the fans gave Bonds a standing ovation as he headed to the dugout.

    The Padres made it 1-0 in the fourth inning on Sean Burroughs' RBI double down the left-field line.

    The Giants came close in the bottom half. Rich Aurilia doubled before going to third on Bonds' deep flyout to the 421-foot marker in right-center. Jeff Kent and Reggie Sanders both walked to load the bases for Snow, who lined to first for the double play.

    The Giants went ahead in the sixth. Aurilia singled, Bonds walked and Kent reached on shortstop Deivi Cruz's error to load the bases. Sanders' sacrifice fly scored Aurilia, and Snow singled to score Bonds. David Bell scored Kent with another single.

    Jarvis (0-2) allowed two runs on four hits over five innings.

    Bell added another RBI single -- scoring Bonds -- in the eighth.

    "I don't know how we only got one run, to be honest," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We took some chances. But we've got to get some runs over the plate."

    Kent returned from the disabled list, where he opened the season because of a broken bone in his left wrist. He missed the Giants' first four games of the season and all but two games in spring training.

    The former NL MVP told reporters he injured his wrist while washing his truck. But later reports said he might have had an accident while riding his motorcycle near the Giants' spring training home at Scottsdale Stadium.

    Klesko, moved this year from first base to right field, was suspended for the first four games of the season for charging the mound after being hit by Anaheim's Aaron Sele on March 9.

    Ainsworth allowed one run and six hits over five innings in his debut. He walked four and struck out three.

    Bonds, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, finished 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

    He hit two homers in each of the first two games of the season. The only other player to open the season with a pair of two-homer games was Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews in 1958.

    He added a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Friday's home opener, a 3-1 victory over the Padres.

    The Padres have won just one game this season.

    "Both games could have gone either way," Bochy said of the series so far. "Just little things. Here or there.

    Game notes

    The Giants placed 1B Damon Minor on the DL with tendinitis in his left knee. Minor, the backup for J.T. Snow, has appeared in two games this season for the Giants, going 0-for-3. ... Ainsworth and fellow starter Ryan Jensen are the Giants' first rookie tandem to start the season since John Montefusco and Pete Falcone in 1975. ... The Padres have not won a road series against the Giants since they took three of four June 18-21, 1998, at the former Candlestick Park. ... Bell finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.

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