Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Monday, April 19
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 20
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 21
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Game 4: Thursday, April 22
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Padres 3

(6-7, 1-3 away)

Giants 4

(6-7, 3-4 home)

    10:15 PM ET, April 19, 2004

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: J. Williams (2-1)

    L: D. Wells (0-2)

    S: J. Brower (1)

    Giants end four-game skid

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds is keeping fairly quiet about his phenomenal home run pace. At 39, the slugger says he has to save energy any way he can.

    He sure doesn't seem to be lacking any.

    Bonds hit his 666th homer through a swirling mist and over the center-field wall, and the San Francisco Giants held on to beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 Monday night to snap a season-worst four-game losing streak.

    "Not today, y'all. I'm tired," Bonds said, shooing reporters away from his black leather recliner, where he watched highlights and talked on the phone.

    Bonds has homered in six consecutive games with an at-bat -- he was intentionally walked as a pinch-hitter Wednesday -- and connected for the first time this season against the Padres after failing to hit a longball in three games at Petco Park in the season's first week.

    He got his major league-leading eighth homer this season one batter after Marquis Grissom hit a two-run shot to left, the first time this season the Giants have hit back-to-back homers.

    "If I remember, he was supposed to be worried about something," manager Felipe Alou said, referring to a steroid controversy surrounding Bonds and his personal trainer. "He feels good. He's out there every day. He's going to be there the next few days. ... None of Barry's home runs surprise me."

    Jerome Williams (2-1) carried a no-hit bid into the fifth before Khalil Greene's one-out double to left-center broke it up. Williams still got out of the inning unscathed and pitched 6 2-3 strong innings, allowing one run and four hits, striking out four and walking two.

    Matt Herges got the first two outs of the ninth before running into trouble. He gave up three straight hits, including Sean Burroughs' bloop single that glanced off the glove of charging center fielder Grissom, allowing Terrence Long to score from second. Mark Loretta followed Burroughs with a single to chase Herges.

    Jason Christiansen entered and allowed an RBI single to Brian Giles and the Giants went to Jim Brower. Brower got Phil Nevin to ground out to first, converting his first save opportunity.

    It was the best outing yet for Williams, whose shaky spring certainly had some fans a little nervous. But the 22-year-old right-hander received a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after giving way to Wayne Franklin in the seventh.

    Alou said before the game the cool conditions Monday were ideal for a sinkerball pitcher such as Williams, who last season as a rookie went 7-5 with a 3.30 ERA, third-lowest among NL rookies.

    "I do horrible in rain," Williams said, smiling when told what the skipper had said. "I just had to fight through it. ... It feels like I'm kind of back to last year when I won five straight. I feel really confident."

    Bonds, who homered four times in a weekend series against the Dodgers, lined out to right in the first against David Wells (0-2). His solo shot in the third made it 4-0. Bonds walked on five pitches in the fifth, then walked on a full count in the eighth after fouling away three pitches.

    "It's absolutely remarkable what he is doing," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "Once he hit it in that area, I thought it wouldn't go out because the wind was taking everything to left field. But he's just that strong. He's the best player in the game."

    Bonds also homered in six straight games twice during the 2001 season when he set the single-season mark with 73 homers -- April 12-18 and again May 17-22. The major league record is eight. Dale Long did it while with Pittsburgh in 1956. Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. did it in the American League.

    Jeffrey Hammonds added two doubles for a Giants lineup that desperately needed some punch after losing three straight games by one run. Grissom hit his fourth homer of the season and also had an RBI single in the first to give the Giants the lead.

    Ryan Klesko hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the Padres, who began a seven-game road trip.

    Wells allowed all four runs on seven hits in six innings.

    "I can't get any worse," Wells said. "I can only get better from here I guess. It's early in the year. I'm going bad right now."

    Game notes


    Bonds was named NL Player of the Week after hitting .733 with six home runs and 13 RBI. ... Injured Padres INF Jeff Cirillo, on the DL with a broken right pointer finger, will have another X-ray in about a week. He hopes it shows enough healing that he'll be able to start facing live hitters soon. ... Wells is the 395th pitcher to surrender a homer to Bonds. ... Brower's save was the first of his career when he's entered the game in the ninth. He said he's had several three-inning saves.

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