Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Friday, July 2
San Francisco7
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
San Francisco2
Game 3: Sunday, July 4
San Francisco6

Athletics 6

(45-34, 18-22 away)

Giants 2

(45-36, 25-16 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 3, 2004

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    SF 001001000 2 4 2

    W: J. Duchscherer (4-1)

    L: M. Herges (4-3)

    Bonds' HR streak ends, closes on walks mark

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When the Oakland Athletics arrived at the ballpark, they didn't know if Mark McLemore or Justin Duchscherer would be able to play, much less produce.

    After proving their health in pregame drills, McLemore and Duchscherer delivered in Oakland's 6-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

    McLemore's tiebreaking RBI single sparked a four-run ninth inning and Duchscherer (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win.

    Jermaine Dye added four hits and two RBI, and Damian Miller hit a tying double in the eighth inning as the A's snapped Barry Bonds' four-game homer streak and beat their cross-bay rivals for the second time in five meetings this year.

    "You can't just count on one guy because if you do that teams will pitch around him," McLemore said.

    That's what the A's did to Bonds, who went 1-for-2 with two walks, giving him 2,189 free passes for his career -- one shy of Rickey Henderson's career record. Bonds' hit came with a four-run deficit leading off the ninth inning.

    The big ninth inning made sure Bonds' last at-bat wouldn't matter. Pinch-hitter Eric Karros started the rally with a one-out double. Pinch-runner Esteban German scored on McLemore's line single to center that got just past a lunging shortstop Deivi Cruz.

    McLemore, who has been bothered by a balky right knee, wasn't sure he'd be able to play until he did some running before the game.

    "I have pain. If I can deal with it during the game, I'll play," he said. "It's at the point where I won't go out there and be 100 percent the rest of the year. I'll deal with it when I can. If I can't, I won't play."

    Scott Hatteberg then hit a high fly to shallow center that second baseman Ray Durham lost in the sun. The ball hit off his glove for his second error of the game, allowing a run to score.

    "I didn't see it," Durham said. "I ran over and looked at Deivi and was hoping that (center fielder Marquis) Grissom would call me off. I didn't hear anything. I threw the glove up and it hit it."

    Dye added an RBI double and Bobby Crosby hit an RBI single.

    "I think it's pathetic," Herges said. "I can't make a pitch to get out of the inning. I can't explain it, but it's brutal. It just can't happen."

    Oakland starter Rich Harden, who left his start last Saturday against the Giants in the third inning with a partially dislocated non-throwing shoulder, allowed only two hits in six innings.

    Duchscherer (4-1), who hadn't pitched since last Saturday because of a sore back, gave up one hit and Octavio Dotel pitched a scoreless ninth.

    "I hadn't pitched in a week and I didn't even pick up a ball for three days," Duchscherer said. "It felt good to go out there and pitch. I felt good today. This gives me something positive to think about when I come back tomorrow."

    The Giants had won 16 of 17 home games before the bullpen spoiled a strong start from Dustin Hermanson.

    Hermanson overpowered the A's in seven innings, only one unearned run and striking out a career high 11. But he was saddled with his eighth no-decision in his last 10 starts when Felix Rodriguez couldn't hold the lead in the eighth.

    Dye singled with one out and came around to score when Miller's two-out liner deflected off the glove of a diving Michael Tucker in right field for an RBI double that tied it at 2.

    The Giants scored their runs on an RBI double by Cruz in the third and a sacrifice fly by Grissom in the sixth.

    The A's scored in the top of the sixth after McLemore reached on a one-out error Durham. McLemore went to third on Hatteberg's hard single off the right-field wall and scored when Durham booted Dye's grounder in the hole for a single.

    "We just happened to make the most of their mistakes," Dye said. "It's tough when you give teams extra outs. We took advantage of that today."

    Game notes

    Bonds, who has reached base in 69 of 71 games this season, walked all four times he came to the plate Tuesday in Los Angeles. ... Harden couldn't swing because of his shoulder and struck out both times he batted, leaving A's pitchers 0-for-20 with 12 Ks with one interleague game left this season. ... Cruz is 29-for-77 over his last 26 games to raise his average to .320.

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