Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 25
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Oakland4
Game 2: Saturday, June 26
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in 10
Oakland8
Game 3: Sunday, June 27
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Oakland2

Giants 5

(43-33, 19-18 away)

Athletics 2

(41-33, 24-12 home)

4:05 PM ET, June 27, 2004

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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W: D. Hermanson (3-2)

L: M. Redman (6-4)

S: M. Herges (21)

Barry hits first HR in 13 games

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Barry Bonds does not believe he's been in a funk, and even bringing it up with the slugger is a bad idea.

"No," he said. "I feel good every day."

Marquis Grissom
Grissom

Barry Bonds
Bonds

Bonds hit his first home run in 13 games and Marquis Grissom also homered in San Francisco's 12th win in 14 games, a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Bonds hit an 0-1 pitch from Mark Redman into the seats in right-center for his 19th homer -- and No. 677 of his career. He hadn't homered since June 13 at Baltimore, a span of 32 at-bats.

"I don't have to explain it," he said of the drought. "As long as we win."

The solo shot tied the game at 1. The only thing Bonds would say about the homer was that he hit a fastball. Redman, pitching on three days' rest, had retired seven straight before the homer -- he became the 402nd pitcher to give up a homer to the six-time NL MVP.

Bonds drew two more walks, one intentional, and has been walked a majors-leading 109 times through 66 games, 57 intentionally.

"It's the same type of vicious cycle," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "They don't pitch to him and he loses his stroke. They see he loses his stroke and pitch to him again. Then he hits a few and they stop pitching to him."

Dustin Hermanson (3-2) won for the first time in four starts and ended a string of three straight no-decisions that followed a 16-4 win at Colorado on June 6. He had seven no-decisions in his previous eight starts following back-to-back losses April 20 and May 8.

Hermanson allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked four in 6 2-3 innings. Matt Herges pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 26 opportunities.

"I felt great -- just as good in the last inning as I did in the first inning," Hermanson said. "It's good just as long as someone over here gets the 'W.' But it feels better when it's under your name."

The Giants broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth. Yorvit Torrealba scored on Dustan Mohr's suicide squeeze bunt, then Grissom connected for his 11th homer, sending a 1-1 pitch over the left-field wall. After Bonds walked and advanced on a wild pitch, Edgardo Alfonzo singled him home for a 4-1 lead to chase Redman (6-4).

Torrealba hit a run-scoring groundout in the ninth to give the Giants a 5-2 lead.

The squeeze was a challenge for Mohr because he'd never done it before.

"I got the sign ... I wasn't shocked, but kind of surprised," he said. "I've never been given that sign before. He threw me a good pitch and I was able to get it on the ground.

"It was pretty exciting. It kind of swung the momentum in our favor."

A day after a sellout crowd of 55,989 turned out -- the largest in the majors this season and the most fans to attend a baseball game in the Coliseum -- Sunday's finale drew a sellout of 53,974.

Redman pitched on three days' rest for the third time in his career in the regular season. He also did it once last postseason for the World Series champion Florida Marlins.

When Tim Hudson went on the disabled list with a strained stomach muscle, Redman volunteered to pitch in his place Sunday on short rest. The lefty had won his last three decisions.

He allowed four earned runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked two.

"I volunteered. I want the ball," Redman said. "I threw fairly well. I just have to keep the ball down. Grissom hit a split I've been working on. I got beat by it today."

The A's took a 1-0 lead in the third on Mark Kotsay's RBI single to score Damian Miller, who hit a one-out double. Hermanson loaded the bases after Kotsay's hit when Mark McLemore reached on a bunt single down the third-base line and Scott Hatteberg walked, but Jermaine Dye grounded out to second.

Dye was barely caught stealing in the second. The putout went 2-4-3-6-2-6.

Hatteberg drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Bobby Kielty was a late scratch for the A's in left field because of soreness in his right ribcage.

Game notes


Bonds scored twice, giving him 2,000 career runs. ... Redman faced the Giants for the first time and Hermanson faced the A's for the first time. ... Giants C A.J. Pierzynski got the day off and Torrealba started in his place. ... The three-game series drew 158,152 -- the largest A's crowd for a three-game series, topping last year's series against the Giants (155,375). ... The Giants improved their NL-best record against lefty starters to 17-8. ... RHP Kirk Saarloos made his A's debut after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. He could start Thursday in Rich Harden's spot if the RHP's injured shoulder hasn't improved.

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