Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/8)

Game 1: Friday, June 7
San Francisco 1Final
New York 2
Game 2: Saturday, June 8
San Francisco 4Final
New York 3
Game 3: Sunday, June 9
San Francisco 2Final
New York 4

Giants 4

(35-25, 17-14 away)

Yankees 3

(39-23, 19-13 home)

    1:15 PM ET, June 8, 2002

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: J. Schmidt (2-1)

    L: M. Rivera (1-3)

    S: R. Nen (16)

    Giants capitalize on error to beat Rivera, Yanks

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Barry Bonds won't forget his first Yankee Stadium home run or the way his San Francisco Giants teammates found a way to beat Mariano Rivera.

    Bonds' three-run bomb reached almost halfway up the upper deck, one of the most impressive homers ever hit at Yankee Stadium.

    Bonds hit one of the most impressive homers ever at baseball's most famous ballpark and the Giants took advantage of Alfonso Soriano's error to beat baseball's best closer 4-3 Saturday.

    ''It felt good hitting a home run in the House that Ruth Built,'' Bonds said. ''Anybody would feel good about that. It feels a lot better because we won.''

    The Yankees estimated Bonds' home run at 380 feet, but that distance appears to be way off. Home-run historian Bill Jenkinson told's Jayson Stark that he estimated the shot at 450-465 feet.

    After Bonds hit a three-run homer almost halfway up the upper-deck in right field in the first inning, San Francisco didn't score again until the game was tied at 3 in the ninth.

    Rich Aurilia walked on a 3-2 pitch with one out against Rivera (1-3). That set up a highly anticipated confrontation between Rivera and Bonds. With the sellout crowd of 55,194 cheering every pitch, Rivera struck out Bonds on a high fastball.

    ''He's nasty,'' Bonds said. ''That's why he's the best.''

    The fans seemed to sense that the danger was over, but the Giants weren't done. Jeff Kent fouled off four two-strike pitches before hitting a soft single that sent Aurilia to third base and Benito Santiago followed with a broken-bat spinner to second.

    ''I wanted to go for the ball with my glove, but it went to the right so I had to try to grab it with my hand,'' Soriano said.

    Soriano was unable to barehand the ball as it took a tricky hop. It hit off his hand and Aurilia scored the go-ahead run on the play.

    ''There's really no reason to barehand the ball when you can help yourself with the glove,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

    Rivera threw up his hands in disgust as Giants manager Dusty Baker pumped his fist wildly in the dugout.

    ''I definitely was thinking it was an out,'' Rivera said. ''It had some rotation on it and it took a bad hop.''

    New York committed three errors on the day and only managed a season-low two hits as the Yankees were handcuffed by Jason Schmidt.

    The Giants evened the series -- the first meaningful games between the teams in 40 years -- at one game apiece with both games decided by one run.

    Schmidt (2-1) allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings. Robb Nen pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save.

    Baker was glad to see Schmidt get the win after receiving a no-decision two starts ago despite throwing nine scoreless innings.

    ''The right guy came out on top,'' Baker said.

    Bonds, who came up with the bases empty all four times Friday, got a rare chance to hit with men in scoring position in his first at-bat Saturday.

    Ted Lilly walked David Bell to lead off the game and Aurilia singled to bring up Bonds.

    On a 1-1 pitch, Bonds hit a towering drive down the right-field line that landed more than 20 rows up the upper deck -- a place rarely reached at Yankee Stadium.

    ''There are a lot of balls hit into the upper-deck, but not where he hit it,'' Aurilia said. ''That's ridiculous.''

    The ball was only estimated at 385 feet, but there's no telling how far it would have give if it hadn't hit into the seats.

    ''He hit one the other day in San Diego that was 482 feet,'' Kent said. ''This might have been further than that. He can hit it a long way.''

    Bonds pointed to the sky as he crossed home plate with his 21st homer of the season and 588th of his career. The fans gave him a warm ovation.

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a player with more homers than Bonds connected at Yankee Stadium was when Babe Ruth hit No. 707 on Sept. 3, 1934, against the Philadelphia Athletics.

    ''I think that was what they wanted to see,'' said Bonds, who went 2-for-4 with a walk. ''But then, after that, they wanted me out.''

    The Yankees tied it with their own three-run homer in the second inning -- albeit a considerably shorter blast. With two on and two outs, Nick Johnson hit a ball into the first row of seats in right field for his 10th homer.

    Schmidt was nearly unhittable other than the second. He struck out the side in order in the first and didn't allow a hit a hit after the second. Schmidt struck out the side in the second around Johnson's homer and fanned two batters each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

    The only Yankees to even reach the outfield against Schmidt were Ventura and Johnson.

    Game notes

    Bonds is 8-for-23 with five homers and 22 walks with runners in scoring position this season. ... With Bonds' homer, the only members of the 500-homer club not to hit one at Yankee Stadium in either the regular season, postseason or All-Star game are Mike Schmidt, Willie McCovey, Ernie Banks and Mel Ott. ... Lilly allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. ... Johnson became the sixth Yankee to reach double digits in homers. ... Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte (left elbow tendinitis) is scheduled to return to the rotation Friday.

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