Bonds helps Giants to second win in cleanup role

Figure this: San Diego's bullpen extended its season-opening scoreless streak to 25 1/3 innings.

Fantasy stat: Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had the third multi-homer game of his career, going yard twice.

Flashback: Exactly 100 years ago -- April 10, 1907 -- Giants' Roger Bresnahan became the first catcher to wear shin guards.

-- ESPN.com news services

Giants 6, Padres 5

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With Barry Bonds back in the cleanup spot and
Matt Morris pitching well, the San Francisco Giants looked like a
much different team.

Bonds hit an RBI single and scored a run, and Bengie Molina
drove in two runs to lead the Giants to a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. It was the second win this season
for the Giants, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Giants led 6-0 in the middle of the fifth inning, which for
them qualifies as an remarkable offensive uprising. The season-high
six runs matched the Giants' total output in their four consecutive

"A much better job," said manager Bruce Bochy, who tweaked the
lineup by dropping Bonds from third into the cleanup spot. "We did
some good things tonight, executed better. We got a couple of
breaks and we know it. They looked a lot looser tonight. This was a
good ballgame for us."

A night earlier, the Giants lost 1-0 despite Matt Cain and
Jonathan Sanchez combining to hold the Padres to two hits.

"Cainer's game yesterday, there was some sting left in the game
until the end," Morris said. "Today we kind of took the sting out
of it a little earlier and had some margin for error."

Morris has both of San Francisco's wins after beating the Padres
for the second time in six days.

San Diego's Clay Hensley, who lost both of those games to
Morris, allowed all six runs, four of them earned. San Diego's
bullpen pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings to extend its
season-opening streak to 25 1/3 innings without allowing a run.

Adrian Gonzalez hit his second home run of the game with two
outs in the ninth to pull the Padres within 6-5, but Armando Benitez recovered, earning his second save in as many chances by
inducing Khalil Greene to fly out to end the game.

Bochy, who has two wins in five games against his former team,
said he'd been thinking about the lineup switch for a few days to
try to jump-start the offense. Bonds began the season in the No. 3
spot in part because Bochy liked the idea of the slugger having a
first-inning plate appearance.

Bonds was 1-for-2 with two walks, one intentional. Rich Aurilia
batted third and went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored.

"We were sputtering and it was time to do something
different," Bochy said. "It's a team that's going to score

In scoring their first two runs, though, the Giants benefited
more from Padres lapses than Bonds' return to the No. 4 spot.

San Francisco scored two unearned in the second inning thanks to
second baseman Marcus Giles' error on Bonds' leadoff grounder.
Giles, who was playing several feet farther to his left than normal
and well back on the outfield grass as part of the "Bonds shift,"
bobbled the ball and his throw to first was late.

Center fielder Mike Cameron then lost Ray Durham's ball in the
lights and it fell in for a double. Molina singled in Bonds and
Durham took third. Hensley somehow lost track of Durham because
after he fielded Randy Winn's comebacker, he looked at second
before throwing to first, allowing Durham to score for a 2-0 lead.

"I should have gone home there," Hensley said. "That's one of
the things I can take from this game."

Molina had an RBI grounder in the fourth. Morris hit a leadoff
single and scored in the fifth, when the Giants took a 6-0 lead.
With Morris on third and former Padres outfielder Dave Roberts on
second with one out, Aurilia and Bonds hit consecutive RBI singles
to chase Hensley. Mike Thompson came on and allowed Durham's
sacrifice fly.

Morris allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck
out three and walked four. Hensley (0-2) struck out four and walked
two in 4 1/3 innings.

Hensley said a blister that developed on his right middle finger
in his season debut wasn't a factor. "It's not as bad as it was in
San Francisco," he said.

Gonzalez had four RBIs in the game. He homered off Kevin Correia
in the seventh and had an RBI single off Morris in the fifth.

Game notes
Bonds had been 1-for-10 lifetime against Hensley before his
fifth-inning single. ... Padres 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff is expected to
sit out a few games with a sore left elbow after he was hit by a
pitch from Cain on Monday night. Manager Bud Black expects him
to be ready by Friday, when the Padres open a three-game series at
the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kouzmanoff could be called on to pinch-hit
Wednesday night against the Giants, if necessary.