Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Pittsburgh leads 1-0 (as of 5/14)

Game 1: Friday, May 14
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Game 2: Saturday, May 15
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Game 3: Sunday, May 16
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Pirates 4

(15-18, 11-8 away)

Giants 2

(15-21, 9-12 home)

    10:15 PM ET, May 14, 2004

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: B. Boehringer (1-1)

    L: F. Rodriguez (1-3)

    S: J. Mesa (10)

    Ward drives in three, including game-winner

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Daryle Ward is becoming a bit philosophical as his at-bats get better.

    Ward tied the game with a two-run homer, then singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Friday night.

    Ward was reassigned to the minors in spring training and initially said he wouldn't report, but later changed his mind. He was called up last week when Pittsburgh placed Raul Mondesi on the restricted list.

    On Thursday at Coors Field, Ward hit his first homer since 2002.

    "It's like being born again, and that's a good thing," he said. "Getting sent down was a wake-up call for me. ... Hopefully, I'm proving some people right."

    Pittsburgh, which played a doubleheader at Colorado on Thursday, improved to 4-10 in San Francisco since its new ballpark opened in 2000.

    Ward connected for his second homer in two days in the seventh following a triple to right by Jack Wilson. In the eighth, Ward lined a single to left off Felix Rodriguez (1-3), scoring Abraham Nunez.

    "That's what I've been asked to do: Pick up my game and my energy," Ward said.

    Rob Mackowiak homered for the Pirates leading off the ninth.

    Brian Boehringer (1-1) pitched the seventh for the win, and Jose Mesa worked the ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances.

    Deivi Cruz and Marquis Grissom each drove in a run for San Francisco, which played without Barry Bonds after the slugger was removed from the lineup because of back spasms.

    Bonds, who missed nearly a week with back spasms during spring training, hurt his back during batting practice.

    "We worked on it for a while but it didn't make any difference," trainer Stan Conte said. "He left for home in the first inning. I hope it will go away as quick as it did in spring training. I think it's going to be more than a day or two."

    The Giants were looking for their 1,000th victory against the Pirates since 1900.

    San Francisco starter Dustin Hermanson pitched 6 2-3 strong innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh.

    "I made one mistake tonight -- left a changeup up -- otherwise I felt great. My mechanics were great," Hermanson said. "I'm just not getting away with many mistakes these days."

    After allowing a leadoff single to Jason Kendall in the first, Hermanson retired his next 14 batters, including five straight on groundouts during one stretch.

    Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong hasn't won since beating the Phillies in his first outing of the year April 8. He's lost his last three decisions, but manager Lloyd McClendon is encouraged by the right-hander's progress.

    "He's gotten progressively better the last four outings," said McClendon, who watched the game on TV while serving a one-game suspension. "Tonight was pretty good. He finished strong."

    McClendon was suspended for "inappropriate conduct" during the 10th inning of Sunday's game against Los Angeles, according to Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline.

    McClendon, suspended for the first time in his career, was ejected by plate umpire Larry Young for arguing balls and strikes after Bobby Hill appeared to check his swing on a pitch in the dirt.

    After this three-game series, Pittsburgh comes back to the Bay Area in a month for three interleague games at Oakland.

    The Giants hit into two more double plays, giving them a major league-worst 45.

    "We had our shots," manager Felipe Alou said. "We're going to start the runners on first and second base with no outs. That's a cardinal sin in baseball. The guy can hit a line into a triple play. That would cut down on our double plays, a triple play."

    Game notes


    Bonds was replaced in LF by Mohr. ... Hermanson has allowed three or fewer runs in nine of 11 starts for the Giants, including eight outings in which he gave up two or fewer. ... Edgardo Alfonzo is 4-for-10 during the homestand. He started the season 7-for-43 (.163). ... The Pirates are 11-4 when they don't allow a home run. ... Hermanson has seven wins against the Pirates, his most against any team. ... Ward went 123 at-bats without a homer before connecting Thursday.

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