Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Thursday, September 12
San Francisco 2Final
in 10
San Diego 3
Game 2: Friday, September 13
San Francisco 10Final
San Diego 3

Giants 10

(84-63, 40-33 away)

Padres 3

(62-86, 39-36 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 13, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    SF 002006020 10 - -
    SD 110000100 3 - -

    W: R. Ortiz (12-10)

    L: B. Lawrence (12-11)

    Kent hits career-high 34th homer in Giants' rout

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants left no doubt as they routed the San Diego Padres to regain the NL wild-card lead.

    Jeff Kent

    Barry Bonds

    Barry Bonds went 4-for-4, Jeff Kent hit his career-best 34th homer and pitcher Russ Ortiz had three hits and scored three runs as the Giants beat the Padres 10-3 Friday night.

    The Giants, who had lost two straight, moved one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost at Colorado.

    "It's big,'' said shortstop Rich Aurilia, who tied his career high for hits by going 4-for-5. "You just try to keep the momentum going. The two losses we've had, the last game against L.A. and last night, we played pretty good baseball, we just didn't score enough runs.

    "Now you just try to build on the lead. You try to get a few more games on them before you go in there.''

    The Giants begin a four-game series at Los Angeles on Monday, the last time the teams meet this year.

    Bonds, who at 38 is trying to become the oldest first-time batting champion, reached base in all 10 plate appearances in the two-game series, and has reached 12 straight times overall.

    He went 4-for-4 with a walk to raise his major league-leading average to .372, and drove in three runs. Bonds walked a career-high five times in Thursday night's 3-2, 10-inning loss.

    Bonds also reached in his last two plate appearances of a 7-3 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday in San Francisco. He and John Olerud share the NL record for consecutive times reaching base, at 15, both accomplished in 1998.

    "He could go down, arguably, as the greatest player of all time,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He doesn't strike out. That's what's amazing. He has a tremendous eye, discipline at the plate.''

    Ortiz (12-10) held the Padres to three runs and seven hits over 7 2/3 innings to win his fourth straight start. He struck out four and walked three.

    "That was fun,'' said Ortiz, who improved to 7-3 lifetime against the Padres, including 5-0 in San Diego.

    Kent's 250th career homer, with Bonds aboard on a leadoff walk, gave the Giants a 4-2 lead with none out in the sixth. Kent's previous career high for homers was 33, set during his MVP season of 2000.

    Bonds and Kent walked back to the dugout together after the homer, with Bonds' arm on Kent's shoulder. It was a vastly different scene than on June 25 in San Diego, when the two got into a shoving match in the dugout.

    Bonds hit a two-run single in the third off Brian Lawrence (12-11) and added an RBI single off rookie Mike Bynum to complete the scoring in San Francisco's six-run sixth. Ortiz and David Bell had RBI doubles, and Aurilia an RBI single in the inning.

    "That was ugly,'' Bochy said. "The big inning killed us there. Brian threw a lot of pitches and it might have caught up with him there.''

    Ortiz fell behind 2-0 on Ryan Klesko's sacrifice fly in the first inning and Brian Buchanan's RBI double in the second. Buchanan homered leading off the seventh, his fourth.

    Lawrence lost for the fifth time in six starts, allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one.

    Game notes

    This had been scheduled as a four-game series in San Diego, but the teams were forced to swap dates due to football games in San Diego on Saturday night and Sunday. The teams will play in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday.

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