Series: Game 1 of 4

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 8/16)

Game 1: Monday, August 16
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 17
in 10
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 18
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Game 4: Wednesday, August 18
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Expos 5

(49-68, 21-38 away)

Giants 8

(65-55, 34-27 home)

    10:15 PM ET, August 16, 2004

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: J. Christiansen (3-2)

    L: C. Cordero (3-3)

    S: D. Hermanson (4)

    Ledee's clutch single lifts Giants to victory

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants won ugly to take over the NL wild-card lead.

    Pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to lead the Giants to their fifth straight victory, 8-5 over the Montreal Expos on Monday night in a game that featured 13 pitchers.

    Jason Christiansen (3-2) got the final two outs in the eighth for the win and Ledee managed just his third hit in 21 at-bats since joining the Giants in a July 30 trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.

    "That was a long, exciting, but ugly game," Giants manager Felipe Alou said of the 3-hour, 24-minute affair. "There were a lot of conferences, a lot of timeouts. The clock was stopped so many times tonight it was incredible. Thank goodness we won that one."

    San Francisco holds a half-game edge over idle Chicago, and is one game ahead of San Diego in the wild-card race. The Giants trail the first-place Dodgers by 5½ games in the NL West.

    The Expos tied it in the top of the eighth on Endy Chavez's sacrifice fly, then Chad Cordero (3-3) gave up Ledee's single to left-center.

    "It was horrible. I let everyone down," Cordero said.

    Ledee is starting to get comfortable at the plate again, thanks to some extra work in the batting cage.

    "We never felt out of the game," he said. "I got a pitch to hit and was able to hit it. Lately, I've been feeling better."

    J.T. Snow blooped a single to shallow left-center with two outs in the eighth to extend his season-high hitting streak to 10 games, matching Deivi Cruz and Edgardo Alfonzo for the club's longest of the year.

    Pedro Feliz had a sacrifice fly one batter later and A.J. Pierzynski added an RBI single two batters after Feliz.

    In the fifth, Barry Bonds walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, then stole third before scoring the go-ahead run on a fielding error by Expos shortstop Alex Gonzalez -- a tough play in which he tried to backhand the ball and it got by him into the outfield.

    Bonds went 0-for-2 with three walks, one intentional. Marquis Grissom hit a two-run double for the Giants, who have their longest winning streak since getting seven straight victories from June 19-25.

    "The fact we're in the wild-card race and still in the West race, we're going to treat these games like it's Sept. 15," Christiansen said. "It's going to be trying."

    Giants starter Kirk Rueter fell behind early and allowed four earned runs on six hits in 5 1/3 shaky innings.

    Dustin Hermanson pitched the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.

    Jim Brower allowed two singles to start the eighth, then Einar Diaz moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Christiansen relieved and gave up the sac fly to Chavez.

    Gonzalez had three hits and two RBI for Montreal, which lost its second straight following a six-game winning streak.

    Expos starter John Patterson retired nine of the first 11 batters -- including seven straight -- before running into trouble in the fourth.

    Feliz singled to start the inning, Bonds struck out, then Pierzynski doubled. Grissom followed with a two-run double before Michael Tucker flied out to center.

    Patterson then walked three straight, including Ray Durham with the bases loaded to bring in Grissom for the tying run. Moments later, Snow was hit by a pitch, scoring Deivi Cruz for a 4-3 lead.

    That chased Patterson and Francis Beltram, recalled earlier in the day, relieved and got Feliz to ground out before allowing Bonds to score the next inning.

    Rueter let the Expos back in it in the fifth on Brad Wilkerson's double and Gonzalez's RBI single.

    Patterson added a run-scoring single in the second, improving to 2-for-21 at the plate this year. He has just one win in 10 starts since beating the New York Mets on April 10.

    The 3 2/3 innings was Patterson's shortest outing of the year.

    He tore the big toenail on his left foot in the fourth inning and that threw him off.

    "I lost (my concentration) for a second," he said. "It was like I was speechless. I was so confident out there, and then it just left me. It's been this way all year -- one inning haunts me every game."

    He'll have the toenail removed Tuesday, but isn't expected to miss his next start.

    Game notes

    Montreal manager Frank Robinson remained five wins shy of reaching 900 career managerial victories. ... Bonds stole his sixth base of the season in the fifth, giving him 506 career stolen bases. ... The Expos turned a 5-2-6 double play in the fifth. ... Giants RHP Jesse Foppert, out all season following elbow surgery, will make a rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Fresno at Tacoma. He'll throw 60-65 pitches. ... Giants reliever Scott Eyre pitched in his 300th game.

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