Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/30)

Game 1: Friday, August 29
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Game 2: Saturday, August 30
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Game 3: Sunday, August 31
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Game 4: Monday, September 1
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Giants 2

(81-53, 35-34 away)

Diamondbacks 1

(70-65, 40-29 home)

    4:05 PM ET, August 30, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: J. Williams (6-3)

    L: R. Johnson (4-7)

    S: T. Worrell (30)

    Bonds leaves game with heavy heart

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Barry Bonds looked up and pointed toward the sky, just as he does after every home run.

    But this was no ordinary homer. His heart told him so.

    Overwhelmed by emotion after connecting in his first game back following his father's death, Bonds later left the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday with an accelerated heart rate.

    "It's tough. I lost my coach," Bonds said.

    His father, Bobby, died Aug. 23 at age 57 after being ill for nearly a year with lung cancer and a brain tumor.

    "The emotions just went through me, I felt lightheaded and couldn't stop my heart rate from racing," Bonds said. "After the home run I couldn't breathe. I tried to stay in there as long as I could. That's never happened to me."

    Resting on one knee in the on-deck circle when the top of the eighth ended, Bonds came out of the game in the bottom half. He left the Giants' dugout shortly thereafter because of heart palpitations he said started with his homer off Randy Johnson.

    San Francisco trainer Stan Conte said Bonds' heart rate was between 150-160 beats per minute after the home run -- a normal adult heart rate ranges from 60-100 beats per minute.

    Bonds felt better after the game, and Conte said the team would monitor his heart rate through the night. Bonds was expected to play Sunday.

    "This guy has been through a lot of stress," manager Felipe Alou said. "Then to show up and play right away is not an easy thing to do."

    Bonds homered in his second at-bat, leading rookie right-hander Jerome Williams and the Giants to an emotional victory.

    Bonds, who missed six games after his father's death, reached on an infield single in the first, then hit a 403-foot homer into the right-field stands leading off the fourth.

    "If you believe in life after death, a lot of people were looking at that moment," Alou said.

    After crossing home plate, the normally placid slugger pointed skyward with his index fingers and clapped once. He looked up toward the closed roof at Bank One Ballpark for a few moments, his gaze lingering longer than usual.

    "My dad's helped a lot of people's careers, especially mine," Bonds said. "I just felt like somebody's carrying me right now, giving me an extra push."

    Minutes later, as he left the Giants' first-base dugout to jog to left field, Bonds briefly pulled his cap low on his forehead and appeared to wipe his eyes.

    "When he came in you could see the emotion on his face," Williams said.

    Bonds' home run was his major league-leading 40th of the season and the 653rd of his career. He moved within seven homers of his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place on the all-time list.

    Bonds has seven 40-homer seasons, one short of Hank Aaron's NL mark and four behind Babe Ruth's major league mark.

    Rich Aurilia also homered off Johnson (4-7) for the Giants, who moved 11{ games ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

    Williams (6-3) took a four-hit shutout into the ninth. He gave up a leadoff double to Raul Mondesi and a one-out single to Junior Spivey before Tim Worrell relieved.

    Danny Bautista hit an RBI groundout before Worrell struck out pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga with a runner on for his 30th save in 36 chances.

    It was Williams' first win since July 12, a 5-1 victory at Arizona. He walked three, all in the first three innings, and struck out eight.

    Williams was in trouble only once before the ninth, loading the bases in the third with one out before striking out Shea Hillenbrand and Spivey to end the threat.

    "In the beginning I was throwing well," Williams said. "I got into that jam, so I had to bear down and get the ball over the plate."

    Johnson pitched well in defeat, striking out 11 in seven innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks -- one intentional.

    "If there's anything encouraging to take from this ballgame, it's hopefully RJ is back and throwing the ball the way we hoped he would," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "But if you don't score, you don't win."

    Game notes


    San Francisco was 3-3 without Bonds in the lineup. ... Aurilia's 15 homers at Bank One Ballpark are the most by an opposing player. ... To make room for Bonds, the Giants placed RHP Dustin Hermanson on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 24 with a strained back muscle. ... Mondesi had three of Arizona's six hits. ... Bonds received his major league-leading 51st intentional walk from Johnson in the sixth. ... Arizona RHP Oscar Villareal made his major league-leading 74th appearance in the eighth inning. ... Bonds has homered in 24 of his last 27 games dating to June 7. ... Johnson struck out Williams leading off the third for his 1,500th strikeout with the Diamondbacks. ... Johnson has 189 career double-digit strikeout games, second only to Nolan Ryan's 215.

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