Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

San Francisco won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, September 15
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Game 2: Friday, September 16
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Game 3: Saturday, September 17
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Game 4: Sunday, September 18
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Dodgers 3

(67-82, 30-45 away)

Giants 5

(69-80, 36-42 home)

4:05 PM ET, September 18, 2005

AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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W: M. Kinney (2-0)

L: F. Osoria (0-1)

S: A. Benitez (16)

Bonds splashes homer No. 705 as Giants down Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds carefully marked almost every piece of his equipment with No. 705 and the date, boxed it up and sealed the top with athletic tape.

His bat and hat, his gloves, his shoes, even his black-and-orange wristbands -- all of it got authenticated and put away for safekeeping in one of the slugger's many storage units.

Bonds splashed a home run into McCovey Cove for the first time this season on Sunday. His 705th career homer led off the eighth inning, causing a commotion as soon as it reached the water and kayakers raced to retrieve the ball.

Bonds' homer followed a tiebreaking solo drive by Mike Matheny in the sixth and Randy Winn's third homer in as many days, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3.

Matheny's homer off Franquelis Osoria (0-1) helped the Giants win their third straight after losing the opener and take the season series from Los Angeles 10-9. San Francisco trails the first-place Padres by 5½ games in the NL West, and the Dodgers dropped 7½ games back.

"It's nice to win," Bonds said. "I still feel like I'm in the spring training mode. Sometimes I feel really good. Sometimes I feel off balance. Those are things you go through in spring training. I'm trying to put it together in such a short window of time."

Saving all his stuff from each home run has been Bonds' routine for years now, since before he hit his 500th homer in 2001.

Bonds said he won't allow himself to think about the 10 home runs he needs to pass Babe Ruth (714), second in the career list behind Hank Aaron (755).

"No, no. Right now we're trying to chase a team that's in front of us," Bonds said. "We've got to catch them."

Bonds worked the count full, then fouled off a pitch before connecting for his second home run of the season. It was just his fifth start of the year after recovering from three operations on his right knee.

Fans jumped to their feet and cheered "Barry! Barry!" and as soon as the ball traveled over the right-field arcade and into the water for his 32nd splash hit. After rounding the bases -- with "705" blaring on the scoreboard -- Bonds pointed to fans behind the on-deck circle and smiled. Moments later, he came back out of the dugout and waved and tipped his hat to the sellout crowd of 42,659.

Hong-Chih Kuo became the 415th pitcher to surrender a home run to Bonds, who hit No. 704 Friday against Brad Penny.

"He looks old but he's still swinging the bat," said the Dodgers' Jeff Kent, Bonds' former teammate. "It just looks like every time he gets up there he's trying to hit a home run."

With Bonds batting cleanup and Moises Alou following in the fifth hole behind him for the first time all year, injury-prone San Francisco moved closer to having its projected lineup coming out of spring training. First baseman J.T. Snow is nursing a pulled hamstring.

Bonds flied out in the first, hit a sacrifice fly in the third and singled in the fifth. He concluded his first week back 5-for-16 with two home runs and three RBI. Bonds drove in his 1,845th and 1,846th runs, moving past Carl Yastrzemski and into sole possession of ninth place on the RBI list.

"Cheater!" one fan hollered during his fifth-inning at-bat.

For the most part, San Francisco's fans have been forgiving and adoring since his return, seemingly having forgotten the steroids controversy that surrounds the superstar.

"They can say whatever they want to say," Bonds said. "To me, anybody who has to go out of their way to say something negative about somebody else, they're in a lot more pain than I am. I'm not in that kind of pain. You've got to be miserable to go out of your way just to be negative about somebody all the time."

Penny said Friday after allowing Bonds' homer off a curveball that the slugger hasn't yet shown he can hit a fastball -- and again the Dodgers went after him. Penny called the home run pitch he threw "stupid."

"I think I've hit a couple off him. He's thrown more than one stupid pitch to me," said Bonds, who prepared for the game by resting with his eyes closed in his fully reclined massaging leather chair.

The warm weather helped keep him from getting stiff as he did other times during his first week.

Alou, who admitted to being nervous about finally playing with Bonds, doubled in his first at-bat after missing six games with a strained left groin. Armando Benitez finished for his 16th save.

Winn hit a two-run homer into the right-field arcade seats in the third for his career-high 17th of the season, his 11th since joining the Giants in a July 30 trade with Seattle.

Oscar Robles hit a two-out homer in the third for the Dodgers and Jose Cruz Jr. sent a solo shot over the leaping Bonds in left in the fourth against Noah Lowry, who allowed five runs and two hits in five innings.

"I went to jump and the wall hit me in the shoulder," Bonds said. "I was like, 'Wow, that hurt.' Then I was thinking, 'What am I doing? I've got to come back down on this leg. That's stupid.' "

Game notes


The mother of Laci Peterson, Sharon Rocha, threw out the ceremonial first pitch as the Giants held a "Resolve to stop the violence" ceremony before the game. A photo was shown on the big screen of Laci, whose husband Scott was sentenced to death for killing her and the couple's unborn child.

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