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Looking for single, Shinjo hits grand slam

5/18/2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tsuyoshi Shinjo isn't sure how many grand
slams he hit in Japan. They don't matter to him now, anyway.

After pinch-hitter Tom Goodwin hit a tiebreaking two-run single
in the seventh inning, Shinjo added his first major league slam in
the eighth as the San Francisco Giants beat the Florida Marlins 9-3
Friday night.

"I will remember this one forever," he said through a
translator.

With two out and the bases loaded in the eighth, Braden Looper
walked Reggie Sanders, putting the Giants ahead 5-2, and Shinjo
followed with his third homer of the season. He tipped his hat
respectfully to the crowd after he rounded the bases to a standing
ovation.

"I was trying to get a base hit or something, just to get what
I could," he said.

Afterward, while the rest of the Giants went crazy, Shinjo just
grinned, manager Dusty Baker said.

"He was cool. Same old Shinjo," Baker said. "He had a big
smile on his face."

It was the first grand slam by a Japanese-born player in the
majors.

With the score 2-all in the seventh, Ryan Dempster (2-4) walked
J.T. Snow, Sanders hit a bloop single to center field and they
scored later in the inning on Goodwin's single. The Giants stopped
a two-game losing streak after splitting a four-game series against
visiting Atlanta.

Russ Ortiz (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven
innings. He struck out six, including the side in the fifth inning,
and Robb Nen got final four outs for his 13th save, sending Florida
to its fourth loss in five games.

Ortiz has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last
five starts.

He also got the first hit for the Giants, a bouncer up the
middle with two outs in the third. Ortiz has hit safely in six of
his nine starts this season.

Ortiz scored on David Bell's homer off Dempster, giving the
Giants a 2-0 lead. Before the home run, his fifth, Bell had been in
a 1-for-21 slump.

Dempster, who had won his last two starts after going 0-3 in his
first six, allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings with a
season-high nine strikeouts.

"Two mistakes. Two poorly executed pitches cost me four runs,"
he lamented.

The Marlins tied it in the sixth on Cliff Floyd's two-out
single, scoring Luis Castillo, who singled, and Preston Wilson, who
doubled. Floyd leads the Marlins with 31 RBIs.

With two outs in the bottom half, Barry Bonds hit a towering fly
ball to the deepest part of Pacific Bell Park -- off the wall near
the 421-foot marker -- for a triple. But Jeff Kent grounded out to
end it.

Bonds, who hit a single-season record 73 home runs last season,
has homered once in his past five games.

Castillo was back in the lineup for the Marlins after missing
Thursday's game with lingering tightness in his right hamstring.

Shortstop Rich Aurilia and right fielder Sanders were back in
the Giants' lineup after a day off Thursday to rest.

Game notes
The previous Giants grand slam was hit by Barry Bonds on
Aug. 14, 2001 -- against the Marlins. ... Florida C Ramon Castro was
headed back to Miami to be examined by Marlins' physician Dr. Dan
Kanell after going on the disabled list Thursday with a strained
right elbow. Castro injured his arm in a throw to first against the
Colorado Rockies. ... The Marlins recalled INF Pablo Ozuna from
Triple-A Calgary. He was batting .347 with 10 RBI and two homers in
27 games with the Cannons. ... Bonds leads the majors with 53
walks. He set the season record last year with 177 walks. ... Both
Bonds and Santiago hit triples Friday night. The Giants had fivetwo-triple games last season.