Final

Diamondbacks 5

(15-14, 9-7 away)

Giants 9

(17-10, 10-3 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 29, 2005

    Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale, Arizona 

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    San Francisco 9, Arizona 5

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Giants trainer Stan Conte is busy enough trying to get Barry Bonds and Ray Durham healthy this spring that he cringed when the starting pitcher tried to stretch a double into a triple.

    Jerome Williams came out of his slide into third unscathed and San Francisco beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 Tuesday in their final Cactus League game at Scottsdale Stadium.

    Williams' two-run hit started the Giants' five-run second inning -- the first time all spring the team batted around.

    "I've got to work on sliding because that was a horrible slide," he said, smiling. "I don't know how I hit that. ... That's my first triple ever."

    The right-hander, the Giants' fifth starter, made his most impressive start of the spring and looks ready for the regular season. Williams matched his strikeout total of the entire spring -- four -- in the first three innings and finished with six K's in five sharp innings.

    Again, he wanted to go deeper in the game.

    "The big key was just going out there and pitching well," Williams said. "That's going to carry me into the season, and that's what I wanted."

    Chad Tracy had two hits and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks, who will host the World Series champion Boston Red Sox on Thursday and Friday at Bank One Ballpark.

    Jose Cruz Jr., who had two hits against his former team, is anxious to see how Arizona stacks up after revamping its roster following a 111-loss season.

    "It's good," he said. "Everybody gets along and is on the same page. It's going to be better than last year."

    Pedro Feliz sent a 2-2 pitch from Brad Halsey over the left-field wall for his third homer of the spring leading off the third for San Francisco.

    Manager Felipe Alou considered batting Feliz cleanup in Bonds' spot until the slugger recovers from two surgeries on his troublesome right knee, but has decided on Moises Alou in the fourth slot instead.

    The Giants play their final exhibition game in Arizona on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe. A win by San Francisco would give the club its most victories ever in the desert at 18, surpassing 17 wins by the 1997 team.

    Durham missed his sixth straight game with a mild right groin pull, but the second baseman is in good spirits.

    "Back to my old self," said Durham, who has spent four stints on the disabled list the past two seasons.

    Durham did baseball drills and hard running Tuesday and is expected to play Thursday against the Oakland Athletics at SBC Park.

    Giants catcher Mike Matheny worked nine innings for the first time all spring.

    Game notes


    The Giants will dedicate a 9-foot bronze statue in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal on May 21 and in July will retire Gaylord Perry's number. Alou was happy to hear about the statue for his countryman from the Dominican Republic. "I'm glad it's going to happen here," Alou said. "Hopefully it will happen at home, too." ... RHP Scott Munter was elected the Giants' 2005 Harry S. Jordan Award winner by his teammates. The award is named after the club's longtime minor league trainer and is given to a player in his first big league camp who makes an impression with his performance and dedication. ... San Francisco lefty reliever Scott Eyre, who got a cramp in his right calf while jogging in from the bullpen to pitch the ninth last Thursday, threw a bullpen session Monday and is expected to pitch one inning Friday in San Francisco and again Sunday. "His calf is doing really well," Conte said. ... The Giants drew 148,739 in 14 spring home dates for a record average of 10,624. The Cubs are the top draw in Arizona. ... Giants reliever Matt Herges was home with the flu. ... Felipe Alou is fighting a virus for the second time this spring. "I can't wait to get out of here," he said.

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