Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 5/31)

Game 1: Monday, May 31
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 1
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 2
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Game 4: Thursday, June 3
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Giants 8

(26-24, 11-10 away)

Diamondbacks 4

(18-33, 8-15 home)

    9:35 PM ET, May 31, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: K. Rueter (2-4)

    L: C. Daigle (2-3)

    SF's longest win streak since '98

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Barry Bonds is healthy and hitting homers again, and the San Francisco Giants are on their longest winning streak in six years.

    Bonds homered for the fourth time in six games and the Giants won their 10th straight, 8-4 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

    But Bonds didn't want to talk about the winning streak, for fear he might jinx it.

    "Shhhhh," he said. "That's the best way to put it."

    Bonds has 16 home runs at Bank One Ballpark, more than any other visiting player.

    "It's Arizona, dude," he said. "It's Arizona. You hit in the air, it goes."

    Michael Tucker had four hits, including a home run, for the Giants, on their longest winning streak since 1998, when they won 11 straight. Four of the victories have come against Arizona.

    "Ten straight, I'll take it," manager Felipe Alou said. "You don't see that happen very often nowadays. Before this run, we were in a very deep hole. It took this winning streak to bring us back to life."

    The Diamondbacks, who gave up three unearned runs, have lost 10 of 12 to complete their worst May in the team's seven-year history at 9-20.

    Arizona manager Bob Brenly called a team meeting before the game.

    "It was not really that big of a deal," Brenly said. "I was just laying awake last night and some things came into my mind. I thought I should share them with the ball club. It wasn't a butt chewing or a back patting, either one. It was just some observations I wanted to make to them."

    Steve Finley called it "a great meeting, very positive."

    But the results were depressingly familiar for Arizona.

    Bonds, who took the day off on Sunday, hit his 672nd career home run -- 14th this season -- leading off the second inning.

    He fouled off two pitches from Casey Daigle, then with a 1-2 count, lofted one into the right-field seats to put San Francisco up 1-0. It was Bonds' second home run off Daigle in four at-bats over the past week.

    Bonds went 1-for-2 with three walks -- two intentional. He has 36 intentional walks this season. He has hit safely in six straight games, going 9-for-18 after a 2-for-26 slump. He said his sore back, which kept him out of five games, is feeling much better.

    "It's not 100 percent, but it's good," he said.

    Kirk Rueter (2-4) earned his first victory in four starts, allowing two runs on seven hits in five-plus innings.

    Daigle (2-3) allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits in 4 2-3 innings.

    The Giants -- opening a 14-game road trip -- made it 2-0 when Tucker homered to right-center on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the third.

    First baseman Shea Hillenbrand's fielding error led to two runs in the fourth.

    Marquis Grissom led off with a double, then Bonds was walked intentionally. Pedro Feliz hit what looked to be a double-play grounder, but Hillenbrand was slow to react and never got to the ball, allowing Grissom to score. Hillenbrand, who wasn't around after the game, seemed to be watching Bonds instead of the batter.

    "I didn't see it. I was gone," Bonds said. "The ball was hit, I run."

    He scoffed at the idea that it was a hit-and-run play, though.

    "Hit and run, with me? Are you nuts," he said. "If they hit the ball, you run, right? I don't know what happened. I didn't see it."

    Bonds scored from third to make it 4-0 when A.J. Pierzynski grounded into a double play.

    Arizona snapped a string of 21 consecutive scoreless innings in the fourth when Danny Bautista singled with two outs, then scored from first on Hillenbrand's double.

    The Diamondbacks cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth. Alex Cintron and Luis Gonzalez singled to finish Rueter's night. Reliever Jim Brower got Bautista to fly out to deep center, allowing Cintron to advance to third. Cintron scored when Steve Finley beat out a double-play grounder.

    Brower walked in the seventh, then scored when Bautista threw wildly past third base on Tucker's single to right field and it was 5-2.

    Bonds came up with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth, but left-handed reliever Randy Choate got him to bounce out to the pitcher.

    San Francisco blew it open with three runs off Scott Service in the ninth, two of them on Edgardo Alfonzo's double.

    Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer in bottom half to make it 8-4.

    Game notes


    The Giants' road trip is their longest since 1989. ... Randy Johnson's four children were part of a pregame ceremony celebrating his perfect game. ... Gonzalez had a pair of singles to end an 0-for-11 slump. He has six hits in his last 46 at-bats.

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