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Bonds 0-for-4, but even with McGwire's pace

7/16/2001

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Manager Dusty Baker stopped short of
calling it San Francisco's best win of the season.

"It qualified as one of the most exciting," Baker said after
the Giants came back to beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 Sunday night.

"These have been tough for us to get."

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Livan Hernandez (7-11) rebounded for the victory after allowing
the first three batters to get hits and score, Calvin Murray hit a
go-ahead single in the sixth and Robb Nen held on for the save
against the heart of the Texas order.

After Alex Rodriguez led off the ninth with an infield single,
he stole second and then Rafael Palmeiro walked.

"You have to continue to think, `This isn't going to happen,"'
Baker said.

It didn't.

Nen then struck out Ivan Rodriguez and Ruben Sierra before
getting Mike Lamb to fly out for his NL-leading 28th save in 33
opportunities.

Murray's go-ahead single came on the first pitch thrown by
reliever Pat Mahomes. Ramon Martinez, the Giants' No. 9 hitter, had
just tied it at 6 with an RBI double off Darren Oliver (7-5).

"It was nice to pick up that run, and better in front and
friends that have watched me growing up," said Murray, who was
born and still lives in Texas during the offseason. He had about 30
people watching him.

"This was an awesome win. We battled hard and fought throughout
the game," he said.

Barry Bonds finished 0-for-4, including a flyout to the warning
track in left-center field to end the sixth with two runners on.

Even with just one homer in 17 games, Bonds has 40 in 92 games,
the same total Mark McGwire had in 1998 when he hit a record 70.

Hernandez (7-11) allowed the first three Texas batters to get
hits and score. But he lasted seven innings and got the win despite
giving up six runs and 10 hits.

Felix Rodriguez pitched the eighth, lowering his ERA to 1.80 in
45 appearances this season before Nen took over.

"It was perfect. Felix and Robb came in and did a great job,"
Hernandez said. "I've been throwing good and I'm feeling better.
Let's see what happens in the second half."

Oliver lost his third straight start, a stretch during which he
has allowed 22 hits and 17 earned runs in 16 innings. He gave up
seven runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings against the Giants.

"He threw the ball well at times and had trouble locating the
ball at other times," Texas manager Jerry Narron said. "He made a
couple of mistakes and they took advantage of it."

Kent got a two-run double in the fifth on a low liner through
the right side of the infield that pulled the Giants within 6-5.

Bonds, who had walked, had to leap into the air to avoid Kent's
hit while running from first base. The ball then got past right
fielder Ricky Ledee, who stepped the wrong way when the ball just
skimmed past Bonds.

Texas led 3-0 in the first after Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run
double and scored on a groundout by Ivan Rodriguez. Frank
Catalanotto and Randy Velarde led off with consecutive singles.

Shawon Dunston tied the game with a three-run homer, his fourth,
in the second. After Kent's leadoff single, Eric Davis reached on a
fielder's choice when second baseman Velarde dropped a throw that
could have started a double play.

Alex Rodriguez broke the tie with a solo homer, his 26th, in the
third. Velarde had a two-run double in the fourth to put Texas up
6-3 before Rodriguez struck out with two runners on base.

Game notes
Giants 1B J.T. Snow, activated from the disabled list
before the game, had a single in his first at-bat. He was 0-for-9
with six strikeouts in a three-game rehab assignment at Triple-A
Fresno. ... Oliver has allowed homers in four straight starts, and
7 of 8. ... After his homer, Dunston just missed getting drilled by
a foul ball lined into the dugout by Martinez. The ball left a dent
in the metal lining on the wall, right where Dunston was sitting.
Dunston retreated to the end of the bench behind the coolers. ...
Ledee was caught stealing in the sixth when C Benito Santiago
snagged a pitch in the dirt and threw the runner out from his
knees.