Giants head home after 5-2 trip


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A week on the road has helped the San Francisco
Giants open up their NL West lead a bit.

J.T. Snow hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning
and the Giants won 3-2 on Sunday to take two of three from the San
Diego Padres. Damian Moss, back in the rotation after having his
turn skipped, pitched well enough to remain a starter.

The Giants went 5-2 on a swing through St. Louis and San Diego.

"We've played pretty good ball on the road this year," said
Rich Aurilia, whose sixth-inning homer tied the game at 2. "So we
might as well get right back out there."

Actually, they do. The Giants return home for two games against
St. Louis, then play at Colorado and Arizona before the All-Star

The Giants won three of four at St. Louis before winning the
series against the Padres, who had won the final two of a
three-game series at Seattle, then swept a three-game series at Los

A week ago, the Giants led the Dodgers by three games. San
Francisco went into Sunday's game with a five-game lead over
Arizona, which kept pace by beating the Dodgers.

"So it was a pretty productive road trip for us," Aurilia

The Giants kept the last-place Padres from winning their third
straight series and beat San Diego for the seventh time in nine
games this year.

The Padres had just five hits off six pitchers and stranded 12.

"We had so many chances," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We let
Moss off the hook. It's tough because we had so many opportunities.
We got ourselves out a few too many times."

The Giants started their winning rally with one out when Yorvit
Torrealba's sharp grounder glanced off the glove of third baseman
Sean Burroughs and rolled into left field for a single. Neifi Perez
followed with a single off Luther Hackman (2-2) before Ray Durham
struck out. Mike Matthews came on and allowed Snow's grounder up
the middle that scored Torrealba.

Felix Rodriguez (5-0) got the last out of the eighth for the win
and Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 24 chances.

With the score tied at 2, 46-year-old Jesse Orosco got All-Star
Barry Bonds, the only batter he faced, to fly out to the warning
track in right-center leading off the eighth. That dropped Bonds to
4-for-28 lifetime against Orosco, with two homers.

Aurilia's leadoff homer to left-center, his eighth, tied it at 2
in the sixth and got Moss off the hook.

The Padres went ahead 2-1 in the fifth against Moss without
getting a hit.

Moss walked pitcher Brian Lawrence leading off the fifth and
Mark Loretta with one out, then hit All-Star Rondell White on the
left knee with a pitch. Brian Buchanan struck out, but Moss walked
Burroughs on four pitches to force in a run.

That was all for Moss, who threw 100 pitches in 4 2-3 innings,
allowing two runs and three hits. He walked six and struck out

Moss lasted only two innings in his previous start, allowing
five runs and eight hits in a 7-6 loss to Los Angeles on June 25.

"I'm encouraged by the way he threw," manager Felipe Alou
said. "He was wild at times but his fastball was better. We have
our pitcher back."

Moss said he spent the last 10 days working on his mechanics.

"Today was a step in the right direction," he said. "I mean,
it's going to take some time. You get in those situations where you
start throwing wrong, you get in bad habits. It's tough to break
out of them."

Moss allowed four baserunners in the third but only one scored
as the Padres tied it at 1. White's two-out single scored Donaldo
Mendez, who drew a leadoff walk. Buchanan hit an infield single
deep to the hole at shortstop to load the bases, and Burroughs
grounded out to end the threat.

The Giants scored an unearned run in the third on Marquis
Grissom's groundout.

Lawrence allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in seven
innings. He struck out three and walked two.

Game notes
It was the 12th time in 17 starts that Moss has walked
three or more. ... With C Benito Santiago sidelined for a few more
days because of a dislocated left little finger, the Giants
purchased the contract of Alberto Castillo from Triple-A Fresno.
Castillo has played eight big league seasons, with the Mets,
Cardinals, Blue Jays and Yankees. Santiago was hurt sliding
headfirst into third base Friday night. He estimated he would be
out for four-to-five days. Yorvit Torrealba started Saturday and
Sunday against the Padres. ... To make room for Castillo, the
Giants optioned outfielder Tony Torcato back to Fresno after he
spent just two days with the team.