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Giants blow 6-run lead, rally to beat Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) -- San Francisco gave up 33 runs in four games
against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

But they managed to split the series with a wild 9-7 victory
Thursday night when Mark Sweeney drew a bases loaded walk to force
in the go-ahead run and Pedro Feliz added a two-run double in the
ninth inning.

The Giants remain atop the NL West. Don't ask how.

"This is the kind of win, you take it," manager Felipe Alou
said. "You're really glad to win it, but you know some things need
to be fixed."

The Giants might want to start with their bullpen, which blew a
6-0 lead and cost starter Jamey Wright his third victory.

It was the second time in four days that the Giants blew a big
lead and then won in the ninth inning.

In the series opener Monday night, the Diamondbacks spotted San
Francisco a 7-0 lead after three innings. Arizona rallied to take a
9-7 lead but the Giants came back to win 10-9.

On Thursday night, San Francisco led 6-0 in the fourth inning.
But Arizona tied it at 6-6 when catcher Johnny Estrada hit a
three-run home run in the eighth inning off Tim Worrell (2-0), who
blew his first save in seven chances.

"To win those games is huge," said Wright, who allowed two
runs on four hits and five walks in 6 2-3 innings. "I can't
describe how important that is. We tied the series and we have
moment going into Coors" Field, where the Giants open a three-game
series against second-place Colorado Friday night.

Coors Field could be an ominous destination for a staff that was
battered by the hot-hitting Diamondbacks.

"I don't know how many homers they hit," Alou said. "Ten,
eight, 12?"

The total was seven. Three of them tied or won games.

It was a crushing loss for the Diamondbacks, who went 4-6 on
their 10-game homestand.

"It wears on you, man," Estrada said. "This game is tougher
here because early on it looked like we were going to take a
beating, and we battled back, scratched and clawed our way back
into the game and eventually tied it up."

Barry Bonds, who did not start for the second straight day, was
intentionally walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth to load the
bases before Brandon Medders (0-1) got Ray Durham to pop out to
third. Sweeney then walked to score Steve Finley, a former
Diamondback who beat his team with an RBI sacrifice fly Monday.
Feliz followed with a double off reliever Luis Vizcaino to make
9-6.

"Pedro's hit at the end gave us a little breath of fresh air,"
Sweeney said.

San Francisco jumped ahead 5-0 in the first inning against
Claudio Vargas. Randy Winn led off the game with a single, Omar
Vizquel bunted for a hit and Finley walked to load the bases with
no outs.

Moises Alou's single drove in one run. After Todd Greene struck
out, Durham tripled to center field to make it 4-0. Lance Niekro
followed with an RBI single.

Vargas allowed six runs on eight hits and four walks in 2 2-3
innings. In his last two starts, Vargas has given up 11 runs and 17
hits in six innings.

Arizona made it 6-1 in the fourth on Luis Gonzalez' fifth home
run, a shot into the pool area beyond the right-center field fence.
Arizona added another run in the seventh when Orlando Hudson, who
had led off with a walk, scored on a wild pitch by reliever Jeff
Fassero.

The Giants led 6-2 in the eighth when Giant reliever Steve Kline
walked Tracy, who took second on defensive interference and scored
on a single by Gonzalez. The rally appeared to die when Conor
Jackson grounded into a double play, but Kline walked Shawn Green.

Alou brought in Worrell, who had converted all six save
opportunities. Worrell gave up a bunt single to Andy Green and then
yielded a towering 408-foot homer to right field to Estrada to tie
the game at 6-6.

Chad Tracy added a solo homer in the ninth off Worrell for the
final score.

Despite outscoring the Giants 33-26 in the series, the
Diamondbacks had a bad feeling as they headed for Los Angeles,
where they'll open a nine-game road trip against NL West rivals Los
Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. "We could have easily swept
this series and we left with a split, so it's kind of
frustrating," Estrada said.

Game notes
San Francisco left fielder Winn singled in the first inning
to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games. ... Arizona
shortstop and leadoff man Craig Counsell was scratched from the
lineup shortly before Thursday night's game against San Francisco.
The club said Counsell had experienced tightness in his right
hamstring. He will be re-evaluated Friday. ... Arizona's Jason
Grimsley pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings, the longest relief stint
of his career. ... Arizona outfielder Jeff DaVanon has hit safely
in all nine of his starts this season.