Series: Game 4 of 4

San Francisco won 3-1

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 2

(83-53, 37-34 away)

Diamondbacks 0

(70-67, 40-31 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 1, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: S. Ponson (17-9)

    L: O. Villarreal (7-6)

    S: T. Worrell (32)

    Bonds delivers two-run single in ninth

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Considering what he's been through lately, Barry Bonds decided it was time for the game to end.

    Hours after being released from the hospital, Bonds hit a two-run, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

    "Don't leave it up to me," he said. "I don't like to play overtime."

    Bonds, scratched from the lineup minutes before the first pitch Sunday because of exhaustion, was released from the hospital after staying overnight to have his vital signs monitored.

    He argued at the time about the hospitalization, but said it was the right thing to do.

    "I just had problems with my heart and chest," Bonds said. "I couldn't get around it. It was just safer for me to go there than to try to play."

    Sunday's game was the second Bonds missed in the series with the Diamondbacks for reasons related to the death of his father, Bobby Bonds, on Aug. 23. He left Saturday night's game in the eighth inning after homering off Randy Johnson earlier in the contest because his heartbeat rose to more than twice normal and he had trouble breathing.

    He said he felt fine throughout the game Monday, and didn't have his vital signs monitored.

    Bonds was hitless in three at-bats against Curt Schilling, but that wasn't the case against Mike Myers, Arizona's left-handed specialist.

    The slugger lined a 1-0 pitch just to the left of the mound and into the outfield, scoring two of the three runners Myers inherited from Oscar Villarreal (7-6), who walked Eric Young and allowed singles to J.T. Snow and Marquis Grissom without getting an out.

    Bonds is .320 (8-for-25) lifetime against Myers, with two doubles and a walkoff homer against him the last time they faced off -- July 24 in Pac Bell Park.

    "The last time was a homer," manager Felipe Alou said. "This time he was looking to hit a line drive, which he did."

    Sidney Ponson (3-3) worked eight solid innings for the victory that sent the Giants to 13-3 against the Diamondbacks, 3-1 in their last visit to Phoenix.

    Tim Worrell pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 38 opportunities.

    Ponson and Schilling dueled for eight innings in a classic matchup. Ponson allowed six hits and one walk, striking out three.

    "It's one of those things where I go out there and try to do what I can control -- throw strikes, get outs -- and today it worked out," Ponson said.

    Schilling gave up five hits, walked none and struck out 10 in eight innings -- his ninth game in double-digits this year and the 86th of his career.

    "He pitched as good as he can possibly pitch," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said, disgusted with another poor offensive showing. "If it sounds familiar, it's because I've said it about a million times in the last month -- he pitched well enough to win."

    He was lifted for pinch-hitter Mark Grace in the eighth, but Grace popped up for the second out. Ponson, who won his third straight in six starts since the Giants acquired him from Baltimore for right-hander Kurt Ainsworth on July 31, then walked Craig Counsell and gave up a hit to Alex Cintron before retiring Raul Mondesi on a popup to first in foul territory.

    Schilling reached deep to keep his shutout in the seventh.

    Grissom singled to lead off, and reached third on Schilling's two-base throwing error. Schilling tried to pick him off, but threw to first baseman Carlos Baerga's right -- behind Grissom, who was already at the bag.

    Before Junior Spivey got over from second to get the ball, Grissom was on his way to third.

    But Schilling, who struck out Bonds before the misplay, also struck out Rich Aurilia and Edgardo Alfonzo.

    "Right now, pitching, it's almost as if every run is the losing run out there," Schilling said. "But it is what it is. You deal with it, and you've got to make your pitches."

    Bonds hit a dribbler in front of home in the second inning and grounding out to first in the fourth. After the inning-ending groundout, he and Schilling exchanged words, calling to mind the July 12 game -- Schilling's first after returning from the disabled list to recover from a broken hand. Bonds homered -- one of six hits and five runs the right-hander allowed in an 8-1 loss -- and Schilling hit Bonds in his next at-bat.

    Ponson got the third hit off Schilling, becoming the first Giants player to reach second with a one-out double that rolled to the fence in right-center in the sixth.

    But he was stranded when Young grounded out and Snow struck out.

    The Diamondbacks started with back-to-back singles by Counsell and Cintron, but Ponson retired 12 straight before Steve Finley led off Arizona's fifth with a single.

    Game notes

    The Giants activated three regulars from the DL, but only Snow was able to play, got a start at 1B. ... The Giants have won 10 of their last 13. ... Schilling had Arizona's third straight double-digit strikeout game against the Giants. Johnson had 11 on Saturday and Brandon Webb 11 on Sunday.

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