SF's longest win streak since '98

PHOENIX (AP) -- Barry Bonds is healthy and hitting homers again,
and the San Francisco Giants are on their longest winning streak in
six years.

Bonds homered for the fourth time in six games and the Giants
won their 10th straight, 8-4 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on
Monday night.

But Bonds didn't want to talk about the winning streak, for fear
he might jinx it.

"Shhhhh," he said. "That's the best way to put it."

Bonds has 16 home runs at Bank One Ballpark, more than any other
visiting player.

"It's Arizona, dude," he said. "It's Arizona. You hit in the
air, it goes."

Michael Tucker had four hits, including a home run, for the
Giants, on their longest winning streak since 1998, when they won
11 straight. Four of the victories have come against Arizona.

"Ten straight, I'll take it," manager Felipe Alou said. "You
don't see that happen very often nowadays. Before this run, we were
in a very deep hole. It took this winning streak to bring us back
to life."

The Diamondbacks, who gave up three unearned runs, have lost 10
of 12 to complete their worst May in the team's seven-year history
at 9-20.

Arizona manager Bob Brenly called a team meeting before the

"It was not really that big of a deal," Brenly said. "I was
just laying awake last night and some things came into my mind. I
thought I should share them with the ball club. It wasn't a butt
chewing or a back patting, either one. It was just some
observations I wanted to make to them."

Steve Finley called it "a great meeting, very positive."

But the results were depressingly familiar for Arizona.

Bonds, who took the day off on Sunday, hit his 672nd career home
run -- 14th this season -- leading off the second inning.

He fouled off two pitches from Casey Daigle, then with a 1-2
count, lofted one into the right-field seats to put San Francisco
up 1-0. It was Bonds' second home run off Daigle in four at-bats
over the past week.

Bonds went 1-for-2 with three walks -- two intentional. He has 36
intentional walks this season. He has hit safely in six straight
games, going 9-for-18 after a 2-for-26 slump. He said his sore
back, which kept him out of five games, is feeling much better.

"It's not 100 percent, but it's good," he said.

Kirk Rueter (2-4) earned his first victory in four starts,
allowing two runs on seven hits in five-plus innings.

Daigle (2-3) allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits in 4
2-3 innings.

The Giants -- opening a 14-game road trip -- made it 2-0 when
Tucker homered to right-center on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the

First baseman Shea Hillenbrand's fielding error led to two runs
in the fourth.

Marquis Grissom led off with a double, then Bonds was walked
intentionally. Pedro Feliz hit what looked to be a double-play
grounder, but Hillenbrand was slow to react and never got to the
ball, allowing Grissom to score. Hillenbrand, who wasn't around
after the game, seemed to be watching Bonds instead of the batter.

"I didn't see it. I was gone," Bonds said. "The ball was hit,
I run."

He scoffed at the idea that it was a hit-and-run play, though.

"Hit and run, with me? Are you nuts," he said. "If they hit
the ball, you run, right? I don't know what happened. I didn't see

Bonds scored from third to make it 4-0 when A.J. Pierzynski
grounded into a double play.

Arizona snapped a string of 21 consecutive scoreless innings in
the fourth when Danny Bautista singled with two outs, then scored
from first on Hillenbrand's double.

The Diamondbacks cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth. Alex Cintron
and Luis Gonzalez singled to finish Rueter's night. Reliever Jim
Brower got Bautista to fly out to deep center, allowing Cintron to
advance to third. Cintron scored when Steve Finley beat out a
double-play grounder.

Brower walked in the seventh, then scored when Bautista threw
wildly past third base on Tucker's single to right field and it was

Bonds came up with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth,
but left-handed reliever Randy Choate got him to bounce out to the

San Francisco blew it open with three runs off Scott Service in
the ninth, two of them on Edgardo Alfonzo's double.

Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer in bottom half to make it

Game notes
The Giants' road trip is their longest since 1989. ...
Randy Johnson's four children were part of a pregame ceremony
celebrating his perfect game. ... Gonzalez had a pair of singles to
end an 0-for-11 slump. He has six hits in his last 46 at-bats.