SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Barry Bonds drove in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a grand slam Saturday night to help the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 victory over the Montreal Expos.
Pierzynski, who has struggled most of the season, finished with
six RBI. It was his second home run of the season and his third
career grand slam.
Two batters earlier, Bonds came to the plate with nobody out and
no place for Expos pitcher Jeremy Fikac (0-1) to put him.
It could have been a moment to remember for baseball fans in
Puerto Rico, who were getting what could be a once-in-a-lifetime
chance to see the slugger. Instead, Bonds hit a hard grounder to
second baseman Jose Vidro, who was playing at double-play depth,
but tried to get the out at home. Michael Tucker beat the throw and
the Giants took a 3-2 lead.
Two batters later, Pierzynski hit one over the right-field wall
for the five-run lead.
Fikac got little help by his infield's decision making in the
11th. Two batters before Bonds, Edgardo Alfonzo laid down a bunt
just in front of home plate. Catcher Brian Schneider fielded it and
tried for the out at second, but failed to get it.
Tyler Walker (3-0) pitched the 10th and 11th for the win.
The Expos had a great chance to win in the 10th. With runners on
first and third, Giants manager Felipe Alou elected to walk Terrmel
Sledge to load the bases and pitch to Juan Rivera. Rivera responded
by grounding into a 5-3 double play.
Bonds played for the second straight night despite his sore
back. His biggest highlight came in left field, where he threw out
Orlando Cabrera, who ran through third base coach Manny Acta's stop
sign and was out easily at home with the Expos trailing 2-1 in the
Bonds finished 0-for-3 and two walks, the first intentional and
the second which led to a run on Pierzynski's two-run double in the
fourth. Bulbs flashed and the crowd went crazy every time Bonds
swung. He made decent contact with the game tied at 2 in the ninth,
but it resulted in a routine fly to left and set things up for San
Francisco's big 11th inning.
Montreal's Carl Everett made a diving catch in left to end
the seventh inning, a nice play for the outfielder, who just
returned from a shoulder injury this week. ... Vidro started
climbing out of his slump, going 2-for-4 to improve to four for his