Series: Game 1 of 3

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 8/23)

Game 1: Friday, August 23
Montreal 7Final
San Francisco 2
Game 2: Saturday, August 24
Montreal 7Final
San Francisco 2
Game 3: Sunday, August 25
Montreal 4Final
San Francisco 8

Expos 7

(64-64, 25-39 away)

Giants 2

(70-57, 37-26 home)

    10:35 PM ET, August 23, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: T. Ohka (11-6)

    L: R. Ortiz (8-10)

    S: J. Eischen (1)

    Bonds goes deep but Ohka, Expos prevail

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tomo Ohka pitched an outstanding game into the late innings, and when Barry Bonds came to the plate for the fourth time, Ohka threw the exact pitch he wanted to throw.

    Barry Bonds

    AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

    Barry Bonds was hitless in three at-bats before his solo shot.

    Bonds still hit it into the left-field stands for his 602nd homer -- but Ohka didn't let one great swing by a great home run hitter get him down.

    Ohka threw 7 2/3 strong innings and drove home the go-ahead run with a squeeze bunt Friday night as the Montreal Expos beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2.

    Ohka (11-6) won his third straight decision, allowing six hits and three walks as the Expos snapped San Francisco's four-game winning streak. The Japanese right-hander, whose every move is being recorded by a documentary crew from his native country, has a 1.73 earned-run average in his last five starts.

    "In the first couple of innings, I didn't feel good,'' Ohka said through an interpreter. "I managed to settle down and throw more strikes. ... It was a good pitch in a good location. (Bonds) is just good.''

    Jose Vidro had a run-scoring triple in the eighth, and Troy O'Leary followed with a two-run double as Montreal broke open a pitchers' duel between Ohka and Russ Ortiz (8-10), who allowed four hits and five walks in 7 2/3 innings.

    Michael Barrett hit a two-run homer as the Expos scored five runs in the final two innings, but they owed the victory to Ohka.

    "He's been the most consistent pitcher on our staff all year long,'' Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "He's been superb. With a little luck, he'd have four or five more wins. He believes in himself a little bit more out there on the mound right now.''

    The game's start was delayed 29 minutes to accommodate a pregame ceremony honoring Bonds' 600th homer, hit two weeks earlier. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Robinson joined Bonds on the field in a gathering of four of baseball's five top home run hitters.

    After going hitless in three at-bats, Bonds warmed to the occasion in the eighth by hitting his 35th homer of the season to the opposite field. The solo shot entered the stands directly over the large design on the outfield wall honoring Bonds' 600th homer.

    "There's times when you're going to pitch to Barry, and there's times you're not,'' Robinson said. "He's a terrific offensive machine. You're not going to get macho out there and let him beat you, if you can help it.''

    On a night when home runs were honored, the Expos got the lead with small ball. In the fifth, Fernando Tatis doubled Orlando Cabrera to third, and Michael Barrett hit a sacrifice fly.

    Ohka failed on two bunt attempts, but his two-strike try dropped in front of home plate as Tatis slid home. Ohka got his second RBI of the season.

    "I was glad they gave me the sign, because it's much easier than getting a hit,'' Ohka said.

    Vidro drove home Brad Wilkerson with an insurance run on his triple off the right-field wall. The hit chased Ortiz, who threw 124 pitches and lost for the fourth time in six starts.

    Barrett homered in the ninth against reliever Jay Witasick. Joey Eischen pitched 1 1/3 innings for his first save.

    San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the second when Benito Santiago doubled and scored on Reggie Sanders' groundout. Sanders hadn't played since Monday because of food poisoning.

    The Giants swept the reeling New York Mets earlier this week, but they couldn't generate any offense against Ohka for the second time this season. Ohka held San Francisco to one run in seven innings in May.

    "We just need to take the opportunities to score more,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "You don't think about needing to score runs until you start to lose ... (but) we've won four out of five. I'll take that any time.''

    Vladimir Guerrero went 1-for-3 with a first-inning triple. He walked and scored on O'Leary's double in the eighth.

    Game notes

    The Giants gave Bonds a Lexus SUV to honor his 600th. Mays rode in the car when it was driven onto the field. ... The Giants lost two of three at Olympic Stadium in May in the clubs' only previous meetings this season. ... Expos 1B Andres Galarraga got a warm ovation when he entered the game in the seventh. Galarraga was acquired by San Francisco near the 2001 trading deadline, and he sparked a prolonged late-season rally before the Giants fell two games short of the playoffs. Galarraga signed with Montreal in the offseason. ... The Giants sold out Pacific Bell Park for the 43rd time in 63 home games this season.

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