Series: Game 3 of 3

Montreal won 2-1

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 4

(65-65, 26-40 away)

Giants 8

(71-58, 38-27 home)

    4:05 PM ET, August 25, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: J. Schmidt (9-6)

    L: J. Vazquez (8-11)

    Bonds doubles twice in Giants' victory

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Earlier in the week, Barry Bonds called Vladimir Guerrero the game's best young hitter. When Bonds is feeling good, however, there's little doubt who's the best old hitter.

    Barry Bonds

    Bonds doubled twice -- missing his 603rd homer by a few inches -- and scored two runs, and Jason Schmidt got his second victory on San Francisco's homestand as the Giants beat the Montreal Expos 8-4 Sunday.

    Benito Santiago drove in three runs and J.T. Snow drove in two as the Giants avoided a series sweep by scoring more than three runs for the first time since Aug. 13. The Giants credited their resurgence to the return of their regular starting lineup, which hasn't been together much this summer because of injuries.

    "When we've got Barry out there healthy with everybody else, when we have our 'A' lineup in there, that's what we're capable of doing,'' said Rich Aurilia, who had an RBI single. "We're in a playoff race here. It's not time to panic, but it's time to have our best guys in there every day and trying to win every game.''

    The 38-year-old Bonds sat out Saturday's game to get treatment on an assortment of injuries, but he led the offensive attack by reaching base five times. Despite torn hamstrings that have bothered him all summer, he ran the bases aggressively against the Expos.

    "My back was out of line, and it was messing up my knees,'' Bonds said of his brief absence from the lineup. "We got it back.''

    Guerrero, who leads the NL with 165 hits, was a one-man show for Montreal. He went 3-for-3 and stole two bases to finish a 7-for-10 series, but he was stranded four times.

    "He's one of the best players I've seen in this league for a long time,'' San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said. "He plays hard. He's an all-effort guy.''

    While Schmidt won for the fourth time in five decisions, Javier Vazquez (8-11) lost his fifth straight start, allowing eight hits and six runs over 5 1-3 lackluster innings.

    Montreal made four errors and two key misplays on fly balls on a windy day at Pacific Bell Park. Guerrero dropped a fly at the warning track in the fifth, and three Expos couldn't catch a pop fly in the sixth; in both instances, the Giants' next hitter drove in a run.

    Expos manager Frank Robinson was pleased to win the series, but he was dismayed by his team's defense. Montreal tied its season high for errors, set May 21 against Atlanta.

    "They were routine plays,'' Robinson said. "We don't seem to make errors on difficult plays. We make them on routine plays, and that's about execution.''

    Kenny Lofton hit a run-scoring triple and David Bell had an RBI double to end San Francisco's offensive slump, which has hurt its chances of staying with Arizona and Los Angeles in the playoff chase. The Giants got a hit from every spot in the order on Sunday.

    San Francisco got another strong start from Schmidt (9-6), who followed up his 13-strikeout performance on Tuesday night by allowing six hits and two runs in seven innings.

    Schmidt, who claims he has no interest in being San Francisco's No. 1 starter even when his work has earned him the title, struck out seven.

    "He was doing a nice job of mixing up his pitches and keeping us off balance,'' Montreal's Michael Barrett said. "He didn't give us the openings that their staff did earlier in the series.''

    In the third, Bonds' long blast to left-center bounced off the top of the outfield fence and back onto the field for a double. Bonds doubled again in his next at-bat, and when he came up with runners on first and second in the sixth, Montreal walked him intentionally. Santiago then hit a sacrifice fly.

    "Barry just had a day,'' Robinson said. "He probably gave that spark and that lift to the rest of the team. They didn't have it earlier in the series.''

    Schmidt didn't get into any trouble until Montreal made a two-out rally in the fifth. Schmidt walked Vazquez, and Aurilia couldn't catch Brad Wilkerson's fly to short right field.

    Jose Vidro and Guerrero followed with consecutive RBI singles that cut San Francisco's lead to 3-2.

    Pinch-hitter Wil Cordero hit a two-run homer in the Expos ninth.

    Game notes

    The Expos dropped to 0-11 in Sunday games on the road this season. Montreal is 9-1 at home on Sundays. "Nothing surprises me on Sunday,'' Robinson said. ... Vazquez hit Bell on the head with an errant 1-2 curveball in the fourth inning. Bell was fine. ... San Francisco's next 24 games are against NL West rivals. ... The Expos (65-65) haven't been at .500 this late in the season since Sept. 17, 1997.

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