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Bonds hits first Cove homer since May 18

9/9/2002

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.