Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

San Francisco leads 2-0 (as of 6/22)

Game 1: Monday, June 21
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 22
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 23
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Game 4: Thursday, June 24
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Dodgers 5

(37-31, 17-18 away)

Giants 11

(39-32, 22-15 home)

10:15 PM ET, June 22, 2004

AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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W: J. Brower (5-3)

L: W. Alvarez (2-3)

Alfonzo drives in six as Giants oust Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Felipe Alou has waited all season for Edgardo Alfonzo to find his groove batting behind Barry Bonds -- and that time has arrived.

Alfonzo drove in a career-high six runs as the San Francisco Giants moved a half-game ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West with an 11-5 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

"It reminds me of the playoffs last year," said Alou, the Giants' second-year manager, referring to Alfonzo's .529 batting average in the NL division series against Florida. "For him, it's playoff time early. They're going to have to think a few times before they walk Barry now."

Alfonzo hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning and a three-run double in the eighth after an intentional walk to Bonds. Alfonzo also had a fifth-inning RBI groundout. He's hitting .400 (12-for-30) with two homers and 17 RBI through eight games of the Giants' 10-game homestand.

He had a game-winning, pinch-hit homer Saturday against Boston, and a grand slam on Sunday against the Red Sox.

"Anytime you have confidence at home plate, it's a great feeling," Alfonzo said. "I feel pretty good right now. I don't know how to describe it. ... I think [Barry's] going to be walked anyway. He's one of the feared hitters in the game."

Deivi Cruz also had a huge night, going 5-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI for the Giants, who have won 13 of their last 14 home games to take the division lead for the first time since April 13. They trailed by eight games in May.

"Barry Bonds is great, but when the guys around him are hitting like Edgardo and Cruz, it makes your job a lot more difficult," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

Milton Bradley tied it at 5 with a bunt single off winning pitcher Jim Brower (5-3) in the seventh.

Wilson Alvarez (2-3) allowed two hits in 1 1/3 innings, including a double to Bonds in the seventh. Alvarez was trying to pitch around the six-time NL MVP.

"I wasn't trying to throw a strike. It was a ball a foot outside," Alvarez said. "If I walk him, I walk him. I tip my hat to him. If it was over the plate, it would have been a mistake."

Cruz tied the franchise record for doubles in a game, done most recently by Ramon Martinez on Aug. 16, 2002. Cruz's five hits were a career high and the most by a Giants player since Tsuyoshi Shinjo also had five -- on July 2, 2002, at Colorado.

San Francisco starter Dustin Hermanson failed to get a decision for the seventh time in eight starts despite retiring the first 11 Dodgers before Bradley's two-out double in the fourth.

This was the first time in five meetings played in San Francisco this season that the game wasn't decided by one run -- the Dodgers swept a three-game series here April 16-18, then the Giants won 3-2 Monday night in the opener of this four-game series between the rivals.

Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers in the fifth, sending the first pitch he saw deep into the left-field seats to tie the score at 2-all. It was his 11th homer of the year.

The Giants answered with three runs in the bottom half. Ray Durham, Michael Tucker and Marquis Grissom singled to start the inning, with Grissom driving in Durham. Tucker scored on Alfonzo's RBI groundout, and Cruz singled home Grissom.

Los Angeles rallied back in the sixth.

Hermanson gave way to Tyler Walker with runners on first and third. Walker walked Encarnacion, loading the bases with two outs after the Dodgers added two runs -- on Bradley's bloop single to right and Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly -- to pull to 5-4.

Walker pumped his fist after getting Alex Cora to ground out.

Kazuhisa Ishii, looking to win his fourth straight decision, allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first on Tucker's RBI single that scored Durham after his leadoff triple.

The Giants made it 2-0 on Pedro Feliz's double to left in the fourth. It looked as if he would be thrown out at second, but Feliz jumped over second baseman Cora and touched the bag with his left hand, avoiding the tag.

Hermanson has seven no-decisions and one win since losing back-to-back starts April 20 and May 8.

Game notes


Beltre had his seven-game hitting streak snapped. ... Giants 1B J.T. Snow (knee) went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in a rehab game for Triple-A Fresno. ... Two Giants relievers welcomed babies into their families: Felix Rodriguez and his wife, Luisa, had a baby girl; Jason Christiansen and his wife, Heather, had twins -- a boy and a girl.

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