Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 8/3)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 3
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 4
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Game 3: Thursday, August 5
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Reds 0

(51-55, 22-32 away)

Giants 11

(58-50, 31-24 home)

    10:15 PM ET, August 3, 2004

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: N. Lowry (1-0)

    L: C. Lidle (6-10)

    Bonds also has big night, blasting two

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds got to make an early exit from the ballpark thanks to a dominating pitching performance by rookie Noah Lowry.

    Lowry got to leave with his first major league victory and a congratulatory bottle of champagne courtesy of the San Francisco bullpen.

    "Might want to check his ID!" reliever Scott Eyre hollered, joking about the 23-year-old lefty who made just his fourth big league start.

    Bonds homered twice and Lowry carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in the Giants' 11-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

    Lowry pitched a three-hitter, struck out nine and walked two; he also had two singles at the plate.

    Not bad for a pitcher who came in on short notice. Lowry was recalled to start in place of Dustin Hermanson, whom the Giants moved to the bullpen and will try at closer.

    Lowry didn't envision a complete-game shutout on his stat sheet this soon.

    "I would have said, 'You're crazy, a shutout?'" he said. "But you've got to believe in yourself that you can go out and do that. We had the momentum the whole game."

    Bonds matched a season high with five RBI, raising his home run total to 29 this season and 687 in his career. J.T. Snow matched a career high with four hits. He had a homer, single and two doubles for the Giants, who had lost four of five.

    Bonds hit a three-run homer in the third inning, sending the first pitch he saw from Cory Lidle (6-10) into the right-field arcade. Bonds connected again in the seventh in a span of three consecutive homers by San Francisco. Snow homered leading off the inning, then Bonds splashed a 2-2 pitch into the waters of McCovey Cove. Pedro Feliz followed with his 15th homer, chasing Lidle.

    Lidle became the 406th pitcher to give up a homer to Bonds, who's third on baseball's home run list behind Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). Lidle left before talking to the media.

    "He was throwing most of his pitches down and in, which is good," Reds catcher Jason LaRue said. "Bonds hit a changeup, but then Bonds is Bonds. I thought Cory did a great job. He just had that one bad inning."

    Bonds, who was intentionally walked in the fifth, has 66 multihomer games, including two this season. It was the first time the Giants hit three straight homers since Snow, Reggie Sanders and David Bell did it Aug. 4, 2002, at Pittsburgh.

    Lowry (1-0) didn't allow a hit until D'Angelo Jimenez's leadoff single to left in the seventh.

    "He's the star of the game," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said. "A three-hit shutout, you can't get much better than that."

    Reds leadoff hitter Ryan Freel tried to bunt for a hit in the sixth inning and was booed for it. He wound up striking out when he bunted foul down the third-base line three straight times, and Lowry calmly walked off the field and back into the dugout.

    "We're just trying to get runners on base," Freel said. "It's something I do well, so why not do it? I don't think it's unethical to get a bunt down in a no-hit game. You're trying to win a game."

    Neither Lowry nor Giants manager Felipe Alou thought it was out of line.

    Lowry walked Jimenez with one out in the first, then retired 11 straight before Wily Mo Pena drew a walk in the fifth. After that, he got five straight outs before Jimenez's hit. The crowd of 41,228 gave Lowry a brief standing ovation.

    "This guy's going to be something," Alou said.

    After Jimenez singled, Sean Casey reached on Snow's fielding error at first base, then Lowry struck out Adam Dunn and Pena, and got Jason LaRue to ground out.

    The Reds, who activated Ken Griffey Jr., before the game, lost for the 11th time in 12 games and for the sixth straight time on the road. Griffey, who had been sidelined since July 10, did not play.

    Bonds started the scoring in the Giants' four-run third, when they got five straight hits against Lidle. All four of San Francisco's runs in the inning were unearned after shortstop Felipe Lopez's two-out throwing error.

    The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first on Bonds' RBI groundout.

    Game notes


    Griffey, recovering from a torn right hamstring, is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday. Griffey took the roster spot of John Riedling, who went on the bereavement list Tuesday, a day after the death of his father, Jack. ... Bonds was only 1-for-9 (.111) with no homers and four walks against Lidle coming in. ... The last no-hitter by a rookie was by Bud Smith of the Cardinals against San Diego in 2001. ... Bonds has 31 splash hits at SBC Park. ... Bonds has drawn 81 intentional walks this year and 148 total. ... RF Rick Ledee made his first start for the Giants and went 0-for-4, but he did score twice.

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