Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/25)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 24
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 25
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Game 3: Thursday, August 26
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Giants 6

(70-58, 32-29 away)

Marlins 5

(63-61, 32-28 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 25, 2004

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: J. Brower (7-6)

    L: R. Seanez (1-2)

    S: D. Hermanson (6)

    Bonds avoided; Pierzynski gets game-winning RBI

    MIAMI (AP) -- Barry Bonds hurt the Florida Marlins without taking a swing.

    So did A.J. Pierzynski.

    After Bonds was walked intentionally to load the bases in the 10th inning, pinch-hitter Pierzynski walked on four pitches to force in the tiebreaking run, and the San Francisco Giants beat Florida 6-5 on Wednesday night.

    Pierzynski walked for just the 14th time in 397 plate appearances.

    "The last person in the world to walk in that situation is probably me," he said. "I just didn't swing, which is hard for me, because I always swing."

    San Francisco's Pedro Feliz hit a two-run homer off Guillermo Mota to tie it at 5 in the eighth.

    With the comeback win, the Giants remained one game behind NL wild-card leader Chicago. The Marlins, who had won their last three, fell six back.

    "We've got to win as many games as possible," losing pitcher Rudy Seanez (1-1) said. "Losing any game stings, but a game like this in particular is hard to take."

    The Giants' winning rally in the 10th began when Ray Durham reached with one out on an infield single off Seanez. Deivi Cruz also singled for his third hit, and after Feliz popped out, Bonds was walked intentionally for the third time to load the bases.

    Marlins manager Jack McKeon defended his decision.

    "You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't," McKeon said. "You can't take a chance with that guy. He didn't beat us with a walk. You've got to get the next guy out."

    Seanez's four pitches to Pierzynski were low, with the last one in the dirt.

    "He didn't fish for them," Seanez said. "That was the game."

    Bonds declined to talk about the victory.

    "I didn't do nothing," he said. "Go away."

    Jim Brower (7-6) pitched two scoreless innings. Dustin Hermanson threw a hitless 10th for his sixth save in seven chances.

    Florida lost despite a big night by Juan Pierre. He went 3-for-4 with a walk, stole three bases, scored twice and drove in two runs.

    San Francisco pulled even when Feliz hit his 18th homer after Cruz reached on an infield single.

    "Things were going quiet for us, but that woke us up," Brower said. "Hopefully we won't need too many wake-up calls."

    Cruz hit his fifth homer leading off the sixth against Dontrelle Willis, who gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings. The Oakland native lowered his ERA in three starts against San Francisco from 15.00 to 9.00.

    Giants starter Noah Lowry allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in five innings.

    NL batting leader Bonds went 0-for-2, was caught stealing following another walk and struck out for only the 25th time this season in the sixth. But an intentional walk to him backfired in the fourth, helping the Giants take a 2-1 lead.

    "He's just that good," Willis said. "He doesn't have to swing the bat and he'll still score four times. They feed off that. It's like pick your poison."

    Willis retired the first two batters in the fourth, then put Bonds on. Edgardo Alfonzo also walked, and after both runners advanced on a passed ball by Paul Lo Duca, Marquis Grissom singled home the unearned run.

    Dustin Mohr tripled for the Giants' first hit leading off the third, then scored on Yorvit Torrealba's sacrifice fly.

    Pierre was in the middle of a three-run rally that gave Florida a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Alex Gonzalez led off with a single and scored on Pierre's triple. Miguel Cabrera walked with two outs, and both runners came home on Mike Lowell's double.

    Pierre's speed put Florida ahead in the first. He led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on Cabrera's groundout.

    The Marlins' pesky leadoff hitter also had a two-out single in the sixth to score Gonzalez, who had doubled.

    Game notes


    Giants 1B J.T. Snow, who missed the past four games with an elbow infection, entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth and grounded out in the 10th. ... With a crowd of 22,675, the Marlins reached 1.3 million for the season and surpassed their total for last year. ... Despite playing every inning this season, Pierre is showing no sign of fatigue. He's 10-for-15 in the past four games, hiking his average to .309. ... Florida fell to 5-9 in extra-inning games. San Francisco improved to 8-9.

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