Giants jockeying with Cubs for wild card

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Felipe Alou leaned back in his chair and
let out a slow sigh after his San Francisco Giants made things a
little too close for comfort against a team that's out of

"I'm glad we won this game," the manager said. "To blow a
game like that this time of year can be devastating."

Yorvit Torrealba and Marquis Grissom homered, and Ray Durham hit
a tiebreaking three-run double to lead the Giants over the slumping
Colorado Rockies 9-5 on Tuesday night.

Barry Bonds went 1-for-2 with a double and remained at 696
career homers, but the Giants got enough offense from other sources
to move into a virtual tie with the Chicago Cubs for the wild-card
lead, a half-game ahead of San Diego.

The Giants survived a scare in the ninth.

Dustin Hermanson relieved Jim Brower with two runners aboard and
no outs, then got two strikeouts and a fly out for his eighth save
in 10 chances. Hermanson blew a save and got the loss in a 7-6
defeat at Atlanta on Monday night.

"It was really important to get back out there after yesterday
and do a good job," Hermanson said. "I came in with the same
approach and made some better pitches."

Brett Tomko (8-6) won his third straight decision, which
included his first career shutout last Thursday -- a four-hitter in
a 5-0 win over Florida.

But Tomko sprained his right ankle when he stepped in a hole
turning toward the dugout after striking out Royce Clayton to end
the fifth, then Scott Eyre came in to start the sixth. X-rays on
Tomko's ankle were negative.

He has hurt the same ankle before, and didn't expect to miss his
next start. He left the ballpark with a walking boot.

Tomko tried to walk off the injury in the dugout but it was too
painful and quickly swelled.

"It will be a long night of therapy at home," he said.

Torrealba hit a solo homer -- his career-high fifth -- deep into
the left-field bleachers in the second off Jeff Francis (0-2).
Grissom chased Francis with a three-run shot to left on a
full-count in the fifth.

Vinny Castilla and Luis Gonzalez each homered for the Rockies,
who lost their eighth straight and are off to an 0-7 start on their
season-high 12-game road trip.

Bonds was intentionally walked in the first, struck out looking
to end the third, then walked again in the fifth. He doubled to the
wall in right-center in the seventh. Bonds is third on the career
homers list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755), and wants
to reach 700 during this six-game homestand.

After walking Todd Helton in the first, Tomko retired the next
six. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits in five
innings, struck out five and walked two.

Eyre gave up a solo homer to Castilla, his 26th of the season,
then allowed a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Gonzalez in the

Francis, making his second career start after losing his major
league debut last Wednesday at Atlanta, allowed eight runs and
seven hits in 4 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked four.

"It's obvious I have a lot of adjustments to make and things to
work on," he said. "I didn't expect to come out here and
dominate, but I definitely feel like I can win some ballgames."

Alou had to be restrained by Bonds in the top of the third when
he began yelling at third-base umpire Jim Reynolds after a fan
touched the ball on Clayton's RBI double that rolled behind the
bullpen mound. The umpires apparently didn't see the fan touch the
ball, and after a lengthy chat to review the play, the run stood.

Pedro Feliz added a sacrifice fly for San Francisco in the
bottom half for a 2-1 lead.

The Rockies tied it at 2 in the fourth on Jeromy Burnitz's RBI

Burnitz and left-hander Shawn Estes were part of trade talks
between the Rockies and Giants, but it didn't materialize before
the deadline for teams to add players eligible for playoff rosters
Tuesday. The Giants reportedly claimed both players off waivers but
failed to complete deals with them in time.

Game notes
The Giants plan to recall INF Brian Dallimore and OFs Jason
Ellison and Tony Torcato on Wednesday. They also want to bring up
pitchers Kevin Correia and David Aardsma from Triple-A Fresno, but
can't until the two have been down for 10 days. ... Alou hasn't
been ejected this season. ... Tomko was 0-1 in his three previous
starts against the Rockies this year. ... Colorado took two of
three at SBC Park from July 5-7. ... The Rockies plan to activate
backup C Todd Greene from the disabled list Wednesday. He's been
sidelined since Aug. 10 with a strained left hamstring.