Thursday, April 18, 2002
Bonds hits 8th HR in loss
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO With the exception of Kevin Jarvis' sore right elbow, things couldn't be going much better for the San Diego Padres. Ryan Klesko homered and drove in three runs as the Padres overcame an impressive homer by Barry Bonds to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 Wednesday night.
The Padres were 7-2 on their opening homestand against NL West rivals Arizona, Los Angeles and the Giants after a 1-5 start on the road, including a sweep at San Francisco April 5-7. The Padres hadn't won a series against the Giants since also taking two of three from their division rivals at home Sept. 17-19, 1999.
We've been able to swing the momentum back in our favor, said Jarvis (1-3), who left after five innings with a sore right elbow.
We've got a lot of positive energy going right now, he said. After a tough initial road trip, it was nice to come home and put together a homestand like we did.
Jarvis, who allowed one run and three hits in five innings, said he felt soreness in the second inning and it didn't get any better as the game went along. We decided not to push it tonight, said Jarvis, who will be examined on Thursday.
Bonds gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his eighth homer, a 442-foot shot that reached the second deck in right field at Qualcomm Stadium. Bonds is tied for the major league lead with Houston's Lance Berkman, who hit his eighth on Wednesday.
After Bonds' homer, Jarvis retired 10 straight.
After the Giants scored twice to close to 4-3 in the seventh, rookie reliever Jeremy Fikac got Bonds to ground out to end the inning with runners on first and second.
At this point in my career, it's the biggest out I've gotten, said Fikac, who came up late last season.
Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many opportunities. It was the 320th of his career.
The Padres have gotten great pitching, are playing much better defense and have gotten clutch hits.
A mixture like that, it's hard to get beat, Klesko said. But we need to continue that on the road. We're back to where we want to be now.
San Diego opens a 10-game road trip Thursday at Los Angeles.
Bonds homered on a 90-mph fastball from Jarvis. Coming in, the San Francisco star had been just 2-for-15 with no homers against Jarvis.
It was the 33rd time in 34 major league seasons in San Diego that a player homered into the second deck. It was the fourth time a player has hit one into the right-field second deck, which was added as part of an expansion in 1997.
Bonds didn't want to talk about it afterward.
Guys, go away, go away, he told reporters. Not every day.
Bonds' 33 homers at the stadium are his most in any road ballpark, and his 65 lifetime homers against San Diego are his most against any team.
The Giants' lead didn't last long, though, as Kurt Ainsworth (1-1) allowed four straight singles opening the bottom of the first, including RBI hits by Phil Nevin and Klesko.
Every time I looked up it was a hitter's count, Ainsworth said. They came out aggressive and swinging early.
Klesko homered to right off Aaron Fultz in the fifth, his third. Nevin was aboard on his third straight single.
Nevin was 7-for-12 with four RBIs in this series, including 4-for-5 with a game-winning homer in the ninth in Monday night's 4-3 win.
Benito Santiago had an RBI double and Rich Aurilia an RBI single in the Giants' seventh.
Tom Lampkin had an RBI single in the Padres' eighth.
The Padres finally scored some runs for Jarvis, who got his first win in seven decisions against San Francisco. The Padres scored just one run in his first three starts, which included shutout losses at Arizona and against Los Angeles.
Ainsworth allowed two runs and six hits in four innings, struck out three and walked three. He was hit on the right arm by Ray Lankford's bouncer in the third but stayed in the game.
Notes: Bonds is sixth on the all-time list with 575 homers, nine short of passing Mark McGwire. ... When Bonds set the single-season homer record last year with 73, 11 came off the Padres. This year, he's homered twice off San Diego. ... Bonds' next homer will be his 400th with the Giants. ... Earlier Wednesday, San Diego LH reliever Juan Moreno, who had a 7.50 ERA in four appearances, was designated for assignment and the Padres purchased the contract of RH Matt DeWitt from Triple-A Portland.
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