Thursday, April 11, 2002

Bonds' double beats Dodgers in 9th




The Associated Press

        SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds would rather they all didn't end this way. Bonds doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles 2-1, snapping the Dodgers' four-game winning streak.

        David Bell opened the ninth with a single and was running on a full-count pitch to Bonds.

        Bonds sliced an opposite-field drive into the left-field corner. Brian Jordan briefly fumbled the ball, allowing Bell to score without a throw.

        “You don't want to play games like this,” Bonds said. “Too much stress.”

        Bonds had been 0-for-3 before his game-winning hit off Paul Quantrill (0-1).

        Bonds has five home runs this season, the last one coming on Friday. His first four homers came against the Dodgers.

        Robb Nen (1-0) got the win despite giving up the tying run in the ninth on pinch-hitter Marquis Grissom's RBI grounder.

        Shut out by rookie Ryan Jensen and reliever Felix Rodriguez for eight innings, the Dodgers tied it in the ninth.

        Jordan and pinch-hitter Dave Hansen led off with singles, and Adrian Beltre's broken-bat, infield hit loaded the bases. Grissom, batting for Chad Kreuter, tied it with an RBI grounder.

        Jensen allowed five hits through 6 2-3 innings and struck out a career-high six. He allowed only three hits over seven innings in his first start of the season — also against the Dodgers — on April 4.

        Tsuyoshi Shinjo homered to put the Giants ahead 1-0 in the fourth, and later made a fine defensive play to preserve the lead.

        Odalis Perez had not allowed a hit through three innings when Shinjo, the first batter he faced in the fourth, sent a 1-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers.

        Shinjo, who earned a standing ovation from the Pacific Bell Park crowd, was acquired by the Giants in the offseason trade that sent Shawn Estes to the Mets. He hit 10 home runs for New York last season.

        Known for his flamboyant style, including his bright orange wristbands, Shinjo was 1-for-17 in his last four games and batting .083 for the season.

        “That was not a mistake,” Perez said. “Shinjo got a piece of it and hit it out of the park.”

        Shinjo said Bonds, who had told him to get a hit before the game, smiled as he came off the field. But Shinjo missed his curtain call in all the excitement of his first homer as a Giant.

        “I saw a lot of fans asking me to come up. I made a couple of steps, but Bell had already hit, so I missed my opportunity,” Shinjo said through an interpreter.

        It was the first run allowed by a Dodgers starter in 30 1-3 innings. Perez had a strong outing, allowing three hits in six innings. He struck out three.

        Shinjo also helped prevent a run in the seventh. Eric Karros doubled to lead off and an out later Beltre hit the center-field wall with another double. Shinjo snagged the ball and made a strong throw, and pinch-runner Hiram Bocachica stopped at third.

        “He made a baserunning mistake, obviously,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

        Jensen struck out Kreuter, and pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca grounded out to end it.

        The Giants were once again without All-Star shortstop Rich Aurilia, who has a strained left groin.

        Aurilia took a few grounders and had batting practice on Wednesday, with more drills planned for Thursday.
       

        Notes: Dodger Stadium opened 40 years ago Wednesday for a game between the Dodgers and the

        Cincinnati Reds before a sellout crowd of 52,564. The Reds beat the Dodgers 6-3. ... After opening the season 1-for-8 in his first three games, Karros was 6-for-12 in the second three. ... San Francisco limited its opponents to just eight runs in their first seven games, tying the 1993 Atlanta Braves for fewest runs over the first seven.

       



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