"It reminds me of the playoffs last year," said Alou, the
Giants' second-year manager, referring to Alfonzo's .529 batting
average in the NL division series against Florida. "For him, it's
playoff time early. They're going to have to think a few times
before they walk Barry now."
Alfonzo hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning
and a three-run double in the eighth after an intentional walk to
Bonds. Alfonzo also had a fifth-inning RBI groundout. He's hitting
.400 (12-for-30) with two homers and 17 RBI through eight games of
the Giants' 10-game homestand.
He had a game-winning, pinch-hit homer Saturday against Boston,
and a grand slam on Sunday against the Red Sox.
"Anytime you have confidence at home plate, it's a great
feeling," Alfonzo said. "I feel pretty good right now. I don't
know how to describe it. ... I think [Barry's] going to be walked
anyway. He's one of the feared hitters in the game."
Deivi Cruz also had a huge night, going 5-for-5 with three
doubles and two RBI for the Giants, who have won 13 of their last
14 home games to take the division lead for the first time since
April 13. They trailed by eight games in May.
"Barry Bonds is great, but when the guys around him are hitting
like Edgardo and Cruz, it makes your job a lot more difficult,"
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
Wilson Alvarez (2-3) allowed two hits in 1 1/3 innings,
including a double to Bonds in the seventh. Alvarez was trying to
pitch around the six-time NL MVP.
"I wasn't trying to throw a strike. It was a ball a foot
outside," Alvarez said. "If I walk him, I walk him. I tip my hat
to him. If it was over the plate, it would have been a mistake."
Cruz tied the franchise record for doubles in a game, done most
recently by Ramon Martinez on Aug. 16, 2002. Cruz's five hits were
a career high and the most by a Giants player since Tsuyoshi Shinjo
also had five -- on July 2, 2002, at Colorado.
San Francisco starter Dustin Hermanson failed to get a decision
for the seventh time in eight starts despite retiring the first 11
Dodgers before Bradley's two-out double in the fourth.
This was the first time in five meetings played in San Francisco
this season that the game wasn't decided by one run -- the Dodgers swept a three-game series here April 16-18, then the Giants won 3-2 Monday night in the opener of this four-game series between the rivals.
Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers in the
fifth, sending the first pitch he saw deep into the left-field
seats to tie the score at 2-all. It was his 11th homer of the year.
The Giants answered with three runs in the bottom half. Ray Durham, Michael Tucker and Marquis Grissom singled to start the inning, with Grissom driving in Durham. Tucker scored on Alfonzo's RBI groundout, and Cruz singled home Grissom.
Los Angeles rallied back in the sixth.
Hermanson gave way to Tyler Walker with runners on first and
third. Walker walked Encarnacion, loading the bases with two outs
after the Dodgers added two runs -- on Bradley's bloop single to
right and Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly -- to pull to 5-4.
Walker pumped his fist after getting Alex Cora to ground out.
Kazuhisa Ishii, looking to win his fourth straight decision,
allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings.
The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first on Tucker's RBI single
that scored Durham after his leadoff triple.
The Giants made it 2-0 on Pedro Feliz's double to left in the
fourth. It looked as if he would be thrown out at second, but Feliz
jumped over second baseman Cora and touched the bag with his left
hand, avoiding the tag.
Hermanson has seven no-decisions and one win since losing
back-to-back starts April 20 and May 8.
Beltre had his seven-game hitting streak snapped. ...
Giants 1B J.T. Snow (knee) went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in a
rehab game for Triple-A Fresno. ... Two Giants relievers welcomed
babies into their families: Felix Rodriguez and his wife, Luisa, had a
baby girl; Jason Christiansen and his wife, Heather, had twins -- a boy
and a girl.