Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/20)

Game 1: Monday, April 19
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San Francisco4
Game 2: Tuesday, April 20
San Diego9Final
San Francisco5
Game 3: Wednesday, April 21
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San Francisco0
Game 4: Thursday, April 22
San Diego9Final
San Francisco4

Padres 9

(7-7, 2-3 away)

Giants 5

(6-8, 3-5 home)

10:15 PM ET, April 20, 2004

AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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W: B. Lawrence (2-1)

L: D. Hermanson (1-1)

Bonds one short of record

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds sat forward in his black leather recliner, his chin perched on his right hand as he immersed himself in another game in another sport.

For a short time, giving all his attention to the Sacramento Kings' NBA playoff win over the Dallas Mavericks allowed the San Francisco slugger to focus on something besides the Giants' failures to win despite all his home runs.

Bonds homered in his seventh straight game Tuesday night to give him 667 for his career, but the Giants found themselves with a familiar result: a 9-5 loss to the San Diego Padres.

"It doesn't matter. We're losing," Bonds said when asked about his feats. "(I'm) just sore, tired. It's age, that's all."

Bonds is one shy of matching the major league record for consecutive games with a homer -- shared by Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993).

Bonds has homered in the last seven games in which he's had an at-bat, but the defending NL West champions have lost four of those. He had a pinch-hit walk last Wednesday, which does not stop the streak under baseball's rules.

His ninth homer of the season, a two-run shot off Brian Lawrence, bounced into McCovey Cove and a fan dived over the railing and into the murky water to retrieve the ball. The homer pulled the Giants within 6-2. Pedro Feliz connected two batters later.

That pitch from Lawrence -- a fastball left over the plate -- was the only one Bonds got to hit.

"He swung the bat one time tonight and hit the ball out of the park," Lawrence said. "In a different situation I don't give him that pitch. I walk the guy and let him go to first."

How does Bonds do it when he gets so few chances?

"Talent," the six-time NL MVP said.

When he stepped on home plate, the slugger did his traditional kiss of the hands and pointed at the sky. He then pointed right to new Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp, dressed in a Giants jacket and sitting only a few rows up, a little to the right of home plate.

Bonds homered in six straight games twice during the 2001 season when he set the season record of 73 homers. He did it from April 12-18 and again from May 17-22.

He has hit eight homers during this seven-game stretch, an NL record for the most in seven games. Mattingly holds the major-league record with nine in seven games during his streak.

"It's unusual that a guy is hitting the ball like that -- seven consecutive games with a home run -- and we're losing the games," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Those factors don't go together very often. Usually, you're winning those games. It's really, really strange."

Yet Bonds isn't too worried about San Francisco's struggles. The Giants, who won 100 games last season, are 6-8.

"We can get on a hot streak real fast," Bonds said.

Bonds, who walked three times, took most of the attention away from an impressive offensive night by the Padres.

With two outs in the seventh, Bonds was intentionally walked with a runner on second and the Giants trailing by two runs.

Brian Giles hit a two-run homer, and Sean Burroughs had two doubles among his four hits and drove in two runs for San Diego.

Giles connected to right on the first pitch he saw in the first inning from Dustin Hermanson (1-1), tagged for four hits and three runs in the inning. It was Giles' first homer this season.

Before the game, Padres manager Bruce Bochy reiterated San Diego planned to pitch to Bonds in certain situations, saying, "Where would this game be if we didn't pitch to Babe Ruth?"

"It's remarkable," Bochy said afterward. "He makes it look easy. You don't get away with anything with him. He's just that good. He's in a zone. It's tough to pitch to him."

Lawrence (2-1) earned his first win against the Giants in eight career starts. He gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings, struck out four and walked three.

Hermanson allowed only two earned runs in 11 2-3 innings during his first two outings.

But he never found a rhythm against a Padres lineup that clobbered a season-high 15 hits. Hermanson gave way to Brian Cooper after 3 2-3 innings and was booed as he walked into the dugout with his head down. He allowed six runs on nine hits, struck out two and walked two.

"It was a rough night, a bad outing," Hermanson said. "I couldn't locate my pitches tonight at all."

The Giants hit into four double plays and lead the majors with 22.

Game notes


Hermanson appeared in his 250th major league game, his 165th start. ... Giles' brother, Marcus, also homered Tuesday -- a two-run shot for the Atlanta Braves in their 3-2 loss at Cincinnati. ... The Padres' previous best was 14 hits, which came against the Giants on April 10 in San Diego. ... Burroughs raised his average to .381.

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