Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

San Francisco won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, September 5
Arizona 8Final
San Francisco 5
Game 2: Friday, September 6
Arizona 0Final
San Francisco 1
Game 3: Saturday, September 7
Arizona 3Final
San Francisco 4
Game 4: Sunday, September 8
Arizona 1Final
San Francisco 3

Diamondbacks 1

(87-56, 41-31 away)

Giants 3

(81-61, 42-29 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 8, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: R. Ortiz (11-10)

    L: B. Anderson (6-11)

    S: R. Nen (36)

    Bonds hits first Cove homer since May 18

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds provided the power and Benito Santiago added a touch of surprise for the surging San Francisco Giants.

    Bonds splashed his 42nd homer into McCovey Cove, and Santiago caught the Diamondbacks napping as the Giants beat slumping Arizona 3-1 on Sunday to move to a game behind Los Angeles in the National League wild-card race.

    Immediately after Bonds' homer in the fourth, Santiago doubled and scored without a pitch being thrown.

    Santiago stole third while Brian Anderson stood on the mound between pitches, then continued home when the startled lefty threw wildly past third baseman Matt Williams for an error.

    Santiago said he was focusing on Williams, not Anderson, and noticed the third baseman staring at the ground.

    "I just timed it perfect. He was way off the bag. In my first three steps he was still looking down, so I kept going,'' Santiago said. "You can't focus on the pitcher on that play, you focus on the third baseman. They look around sometimes, they look into the stands.''

    Williams said Santiago's dash was a good play only because he succeeded.

    "If Brian steps off and throws a strike to third, we've got him,'' Williams said.

    But Arizona manager Bob Brenly said his team was not concentrating.

    "When everybody gets caught by surprise like that, something's wrong there. A lot of people were sleeping,'' he said.

    Bonds led off the fourth with a 418-foot homer, the 21st hit into McCovey Cove by a Giant since Pacific Bell Park opened in 2000. Bonds has 19 of them.

    Bonds, second in the NL in homers to Sammy Sosa's 44, had not hit a ball into the water since May 18.

    The Giants, trying to catch the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL wild card, won the last three games of their four-game series with the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

    Arizona has lost nine of its last 12 games. The Giants, who play host to the Dodgers in a three-game series starting Monday, have won 11 of 14.

    The Diamondbacks lost each of the last three games by a run, scoring just four runs total.

    "We're not hitting. We have no sustained offense. We can't seem to get anything going,'' Brenly said. "We didn't have a good approach at the plate this entire series.''

    The Giants added an insurance run in the eighth on David Bell's sacrifice fly, but not without a scare.

    Bonds' left foot slipped as he lined a single to left leading off the inning, and his left leg buckled. He trotted to first and stayed in the game, scoring on the sacrifice fly.

    Russ Ortiz (11-10) won his third straight start, allowing one run on seven hits in eight innings.

    Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 44 opportunities. His 199th save with the Giants tied him with Rod Beck for the most in franchise history. Nen has 307 career saves.

    Anderson (6-11), who has lost four of his last five starts, allowed two runs on four hits in three innings. He walked four batters for the first time this season.

    The Diamondbacks scored in the first on an RBI bloop single by Luis Gonzalez.

    Game notes


    The Giants won the season series 11-8. San Francisco has won eight of its last 11 games against the Diamondbacks. ... The Giants have won 23 of their last 34 against NL West clubs. ... Anderson picked Santiago off first base in the second inning, the fourth straight start in which he has picked a runner off base. ... Williams went 1-for-3 for Arizona, finishing the season 2-for-23 against his former team. Williams played for the Giants from 1987-96. ... Arizona's Tony Womack singled in the first, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He also singled in the eighth. ... The Diamondbacks used seven pitchers.

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