Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 5/30)

Game 1: Monday, May 27
Arizona 3Final
San Francisco 7
Game 2: Tuesday, May 28
Arizona 0Final
in 10
San Francisco 1
Game 3: Wednesday, May 29
Arizona 7Final
San Francisco 3
Game 4: Thursday, May 30
Arizona 1Final
San Francisco 0

Diamondbacks 1

(33-20, 15-11 away)

Giants 0

(30-22, 17-9 home)

    3:35 PM ET, May 30, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: R. Helling (5-5)

    L: K. Rueter (6-3)

    S: B. Kim (13)

    Diamondbacks gain ground on Giants

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Rick Helling freely admits he doesn't quite have the same stuff as fellow Arizona starters Curt Schilling or Randy Johnson.

    Luis Gonzalez


    Luis Gonzalez became the first opposing player to homer into McCovey Cove twice.

    "I'm not overpowering. I just can't blow fastballs by them,'' Helling said. "I have to rely on my location.''

    He was clearly able to put the ball were he wanted it on Thursday when the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0. Helling allowed four hits over eight innings.

    "Today was one of those days I had control,'' he said.

    Luis Gonzalez homered in the fourth inning, and that was enough to give the Diamondbacks a split of the four-game series between NL West rivals.

    Byung-Hyun Kim pitched the ninth for his 13th save, and got big help from his defense.

    Pinch-hitter Tom Goodwin drew a leadoff walk from Kim and stole second. David Bell followed with a grounder to third baseman Craig Counsell, who got the out at first base. Goodwin tried to advance to third on the play, and was caught on Mark Grace's throw back to shortstop Tony Womack.

    Barry Bonds was then intentionally walked with two outs and none on, and Jeff Kent struck out looking to end it.

    Helling (5-5) allowed just four hits over eight innings as the Diamondbacks moved 2½ games ahead of the Giants.

    "He knew this was a big game for us to split the series and get out of town,'' manager Bob Brenley said. "He made his pitches.''

    Gonzalez's home run came with one out in the fourth off Kirk Rueter (6-3). It sailed over the wall in right field and splashed into the inlet of San Francisco Bay named for the Giants' Hall of Famer.

    It was Gonzalez's second splash hit into the cove. He also homered over the right-field wall on Sept. 23, 2000. Overall, there have been just four such homers by opposing players at Pacific Bell Park. Todd Hundley and Grace have the other two.

    Gonzalez's homer also snapped a season-high five-game homerless streak for the Diamondbacks.

    "This was exciting,'' Gonzalez said. "This was a nail-biter right until the end.''

    Apart from the home run, Rueter had a strong outing, allowing one run on five hits over eight innings. He struck out four.

    The closest the Giants could get was in the sixth, when Ramon Martinez singled, moved up on Rueter's sacrifice bunt and took third on Shawon Dunston's grounder. But Bell grounded out to end the inning.

    "When you win 1-0 it's a great ballagme,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "When you lose 1-0 then that's what happened.''

    Helling had allowed an NL-leading 15 homers in his first 10 starts, so it was expected to be a promising day for Bonds.

    But Bonds went 0-for-3 against Helling, and remained one homer away from matching Frank Robinson in fourth place on the career list with 586.

    Bonds has not homered since Monday, when he hit a solo shot off Arizona's Brian Anderson in a 7-3 San Francisco win.

    Bonds, who set the single-season record last season with 73 home runs, has 18 this season to match Chicago's Sammy Sosa for the major-league lead.

    Game notes

    Giants OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo had a contusion on his left forearm where he was hit by Curt Schilling's pitch Wednesday night, and was not in Thursday's starting lineup. ... Diamondbacks C Damian Miller, who left Wednesday's game with a hip flexor, was not in the lineup but was listed as day-to-day. ... Rueter has lasted more than seven innings in eight of his 11 starts. ... It was the Giants' third scoreless game this year.

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