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Snow knocks in winning run in 12th

6/27/2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants got to Trevor
Hoffman once again.

Shawon Dunston's run-scoring infield single capped a three-run
ninth inning against Hoffman and the San Francisco Giants beat the
Padres 6-5 Wednesday on J.T. Snow's RBI single in the 12th.

"I'm not disappointed because I threw well,'' said Hoffman.
"They just made some good adjustments and put the ball in play.''

Hoffman had converted 27 straight save chances since Sept. 8 at
Arizona, but couldn't protect a three-run lead in the ninth. On
Monday, Hoffman allowed a game-winning homer to Barry Bonds in San
Diego.

"Over the course of a season that's going to happen,'' Padres
manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's as close as you can get to
perfection.''

Benito Santiago and J.T. Snow singled to start the rally and the
Giants loaded the bases when Bonds pinch hit and drew a walk.

"Barry is their bopper,'' Hoffman said. "I didn't want him to
get the hit.''

Pinch-hitter Marvin Benard doubled off the right-field wall to
score two runs. Bonds, a stride behind Snow, was thrown out at the
plate on a relay throw by second baseman Julius Matos.

"Sometimes you get lucky against Hoffman,'' Benard said. "I
think he just left a pitch over the plate and I put a good swing on
it.''

Benard took third on the play and scored the tying run with two
outs when Dunston beat out a slow roller to shortstop Deivi Cruz.

"I know Hoffman is the best,'' Dunston said. "Fortunately I
put the ball in play. I know I'm old, but I can still run.''

The Giants then won it in the 12th. Rodney Myers (1-1) walked
Sanders and Jeff Kent walked to open the inning. Benito Santiago
sacrificed and the Padres were forced to pitch to Snow because
Bonds was on deck.

Snow singled to center to win the game.

"It was quite an everything,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said.
"It was quite a start and middle and a heck of a finish. We've
been looking for a turnaround game and hopefully this was it.''

The Giants had lost three of four games.

Jay Witasick (1-0) pitched a perfect 12th for the victory.

Bonds was not in the starting lineup one day after his dugout
scrum with Kent, although Baker said it was a routine day off.
Bonds walked in both of his plate appearances giving him 95 on the
season.

D'Angelo Jimenez had two hits and drove in three runs for the
Padres.

Oliver Perez was denied his third straight win when Hoffman blew
the save. Perez pitched a season-high seven innings, allowing two
runs and five hits. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced.

"The kid pitched well out there,'' Bochy said. "We just let it
get away.''

Kirk Rueter allowed five runs on nine hits over six-plus
innings. He walked two and struck out three as he remained 2-0 in
four starts this year against the Padres.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the second. Jimenez singled, went
to second on a wild pitch, to third on a fielding error by Rich
Aurilia and scored on Mark Kotsay's groundout.

Snow's sacrifice fly, scoring Kent, tied it at 1 in the second.

The Giants took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Santiago walked, Snow
was hit by a pitch and Pedro Feliz singled to load the bases ahead
of Tsuyoshi Shinjo's sacrifice fly.

San Diego scored four runs in the fifth. Kotsay opened the
inning with a single. Two outs later, Bubba Trammell singled and
Ron Gant walked to load the bases. Matos singled home one run and
Jimenez doubled to clear the bases.

Game notes
Giants 1B Damon Minor missed the game with a strained right
groin. ... The Padres activated IF-OF Mark Sweeney from the 15-day
DL. ... LHP Kevin Pickford was optioned to Portland of the PCL to
make room for Sweeney. ... Jimenez has driven in five runs in the
past three games against the Giants. ... The Giants allowed their
14th unearned run of the season, fewest in the major leagues. ...
Snow needs two RBIs for 700.