Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 8/29)

Game 1: Friday, August 29
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Game 2: Saturday, August 30
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Game 3: Sunday, August 31
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Game 4: Monday, September 1
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Giants 4

(80-53, 34-34 away)

Diamondbacks 5

(70-64, 40-28 home)

    10:05 PM ET, August 29, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    ARI 01301000 - 5 11 0

    W: M. Batista (9-7)

    L: K. Rueter (7-5)

    S: M. Mantei (21)

    Arizona remains a game back in wild-card race

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Junior Spivey and Shea Hillenbrand turned singles hitters against San Francisco's Kirk Rueter -- and it worked.

    Both drove in two runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Giants 5-4 Friday night.

    Eleven of Arizona's 13 hits were singles -- many going up the middle as Rueter worked the outside of the plate. The Diamondbacks, 3-10 against San Francisco this season, scored all their runs with two outs.

    "He's been tough, especially in the past when we tried to do too much with him," Spivey said. "He just pretty much abused me in the past. I had a game plan tonight, and I kind of stuck with it."

    Danny Bautista had an RBI single for Arizona, which remained a game behind NL wild-card leaders Florida and Philadelphia.

    Miguel Batista (9-7) worked six innings to become the first Diamondbacks pitcher with nine victories.

    "He had good stuff today," catcher Robby Hammock said. "He was throwing the ball real hard and getting batters to chase a split."

    Oscar Villarreal and Jose Valverde pitched one perfect inning apiece for the Diamondbacks before Matt Mantei got three outs in the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

    Andres Galarraga hit a 456-foot homer with one out in the ninth, ending Mantei's consecutive scoreless-innings streak at 21.

    "Like Koppy (bullpen mate Mike Koplove) said, those wall-scrapers really bother you," Mantei joked. "But if you're going to give it up, that's the way to give it up. That's impressive."

    The Giants have won seven of their last 10, but they now have back-to-back losses for the first time since losing their sixth straight game Aug. 18.

    Rueter (7-5) fell to 0-4 in his last nine starts, two since he came off the disabled list Aug. 23 after straining his left shoulder. He gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks before he was yanked after facing two batters in the fifth.

    He walked Alex Cintron and threw 11 pitches to Luis Gonzalez, who fouled off five on a full count before lining a single to right field.

    Matt Herges, who relieved Rueter, got two outs on outfield flies before Spivey drove a pitch back up the middle as Cintron scored from second.

    "I couldn't get a release point where I could get movement on my ball, so it was at kind of different angles tonight. I left some balls up," Rueter said.

    Batista gave up three runs on six hits, including RBI doubles by Benito Santiago, Galarraga and Jeffrey Hammonds, and two walks to earn his second straight victory after a six-start winless stretch (0-3).

    San Francisco scored three times in the first three innings before Batista settled into a rhythm that saw him retire 11 of his last 13 batters.

    "I was glad to see him leave," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "He had a real good splitter. He had everything -- cutter, his fastball was sinking good."

    Batista had a perfect first inning, then ran into trouble in the second when he walked two and gave up the doubles by Santiago and Galarraga. Hammonds made it 3-1 in the third with his double.

    But the Diamondbacks got back with Batista's help when the pitcher led off a three-run third with a single up the middle.

    "That was big for us, to get on base and score a run," manager Bob Brenly said. "Getting offensive production from a spot that you don't anticipate getting it from."

    Matt Kata doubled over Marquis Grissom's head in center field, but Batista had to hold up to see if the ball was caught and only reached third. Two outs later, Rueter walked Raul Mondesi to load the bases, and Hillenbrand poked a two-run single into short right field.

    Spivey then gave Arizona a 4-3 lead with a single and had another RBI single in the fifth.

    Game notes


    Alou all but confirmed before the game that Barry Bonds, on bereavement leave since Sunday, will be back in uniform for Saturday's game. He said Bonds was traveling to Phoenix. ... The Giants are 3-3 without Bonds in the lineup. ... The start was Rueter's 221st for the Giants, moving him out of a tie with Jim Barr for fourth place on the career list. ... Mondesi has reached base in 20 of 32 plate appearances since moving into the cleanup slot seven games ago, going 10-for-23, with nine walks and getting hit by a pitch. ... The Giants are 4-12 on the road since the All-Star break.

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