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Bonds gets key walk, Alfonzo the winning homer

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Barry Bonds got to celebrate on his 40th
birthday, even if the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn't allow him to
contribute.

A day after Bonds hit a three-run, seventh-inning home run in
the Giants' victory over St. Louis, he drew his major
league-leading 79th intentional walk at a key spot in San
Francisco's 5-3, 10-inning win.

Bonds declined to discuss any thoughts, saying "not today"
when reporters asked after the game if he was willing to talk.

"A game on his birthday is like any other game for him,"
manager Felipe Alou said. "The other team is so busy worrying
about him, thinking about when will he bat next and what will the
situation be. He's a factor no matter what day it is."

Chris Carpenter, left in to pitch against the left-handed
hitting J.T. Snow following the walk to Bonds, got an inning-ending
strikeout in the eighth that preserved a tie.

But the Giants went ahead for good in the 10th on Edgardo Alfonzo's two-run homer off Ray King (3-1) and sent the Cardinals to their first extra-inning loss in seven games this season. Alfonzo twice failed to get a bunt down earlier in the count, and he ended up with his seventh homer.

If Alfonzo had been successful in his sacrifice attempt, manager
Tony La Russa said Bonds would have seen his second intentional
walk. Alfonzo did not play Friday because of food poisoning.

"The bunt sign was on for the first pitch, and I was on my own
on the second pitch," Alfonzo said. "He threw me a hanging slider
that didn't slide. I wasn't looking for anything in particular."

San Francisco has won the first two games of the three-game
series, the Cardinals' first consecutive losses since they were
swept in a three-game series at Pittsburgh June 28-30. St. Louis
had won 15 of 17 coming into the series.

"See what happens tomorrow," starting pitcher Chris Carpenter
said. "We've got a good team. We'll be fine."

The supporting cast has played a big role in the two games.
Dustin Hermanson carried a no-hit bid into the seventh Friday.

"Everybody pays so much attention to Barry that we fly under
the radar," Snow said. "We're a bunch of what you might call
workmanlike players, and that's fine with us."

Felix Rodriguez (3-4) got the last out in the ninth, and Jason
Christiansen got the last out in the 10th for his second save .

Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz had put the Giants ahead 3-2 with a
two-out infield hit in the ninth off the glove of second baseman
Tony Womack. An RBI double by pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson off Jim
Brower in the bottom half retied it, although an outstanding
defensive play by first baseman Snow helped keep the game
tied.

Snow, charging hard, fielded Hector Luna's sacrifice attempt and
threw out Anderson at third for the first out.

"With another first baseman that's a good play," Cardinals
manager Tony La Russa said. "But with a guy like Snow you've got
to bunt the ball to third."

Jim Edmonds homered for the second time in three games for St.
Louis, and Marquis Grissom homered for the Giants, who have won
seven of their last eight against the Cardinals.

Bonds, who has 25 homers and 141 walks, went 1-for-4 and leads
the major leagues with a .362 average.

In 17 games on his birthday, Bonds is a .385 hitter (20-for-52)
with two homers and 13 RBI. Last year, in a victory over the
Diamondbacks, he threw out the potential tying run at the plate in
the top of the ninth, then hit a winning homer in the bottom of the
ninth.

Pitching against the team he played with last season, Brett
Tomko allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings.

Carpenter worked around a season-high five walks in his
eight-inning stint, allowing two runs and five hits. Four of the
walks came in the first four innings as he worked out mechanical
difficulties.

Snow walked to start the second, went to third on Cruz' double
and scored on a double play ball to give the Giants the lead.
Edmonds led off the bottom of the second with his 24th homer.

St. Louis took the lead in the sixth on consecutive one-out
singles by Roger Cedeno, Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen. Cruz made a
diving stop in the hole at shortstop on Rolen's grounder but threw
late on a force attempt at second.

Grissom's 15th homer tied it at 2 in the seventh. He had been
7-for-35 with two RBI since the All-Star break.

Game notes
Hector Luna got a spot start at SS on Saturday for the
Cardinals. His last three starts have come on the last three
Saturdays. ... Snow is batting .377 with three homers and 12 RBI
in 19 games since coming off the DL following arthroscopic knee
surgery on June 25. ... The game drew a sellout crowd of 48,145.
... Anderson is 10-for-26 (.385) as a pinch hitter with two homers
and eight RBI.