Final

Series: Game 1 of 1

San Francisco won 1-0

Game 1: Monday, May 8
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San Francisco7

Astros 5

(19-13, 5-9 away)

Giants 7

(15-17, 8-7 home)

    10:15 PM ET, May 8, 2006

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    HOU 101000003 5 10 1
    SF 11005000 - 7 10 0

    W: N. Lowry (1-0)

    L: R. Oswalt (5-2)

    S: A. Benitez (2)

    With Bonds on bench, Feliz fuels Giants past Astros

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds' jet-lagged teammates picked up the slack nicely as he took the night off.

    Pedro Feliz hit a two-run homer and singled in a run batting in the slugger's cleanup spot, and the San Francisco Giants ended a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros in a makeup game Monday night.

    "He found his stroke," manager Felipe Alou said of Feliz, who also made a great defensive stop at third base. "He's kind of a streaky hitter. He's hot now. I'm glad I hit him fourth."

    Even if Feliz's spot in the order was only for a night.

    Bonds rested following a cross-country flight from Philadelphia, where he hit career home run No. 713 on Sunday night to pull within one of tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list. The 41-year-old Bonds is scheduled to resume his chase Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs and former manager Dusty Baker.

    One male fan hollered "We want Barry!" late in the game and the kayaks were out in force in McCovey Cove just in case Bonds pinch hit and splashed one their way.

    "He's playing tomorrow," Alou said.

    Noah Lowry (1-0) returned from the disabled list and pitched seven strong innings for the victory in his first outing since straining a muscle in his right side April 6 against Atlanta in the Giants' home opener.

    Monday was supposed to be an off day for both clubs but a rainout April 12 forced the game to be rescheduled. The Giants looked surprisingly energetic considering their team plane didn't land until 3:30 a.m. local time and most players managed only a few hours of sleep.

    Feliz hit his fifth home run in the Giants' five-run fifth and Mark Sweeney -- Bonds' replacement in left field -- added an RBI triple. Lance Niekro then singled in a run to chase Astros ace Roy Oswalt (5-2), who lasted only 4 1-3 innings for his shortest outing since going four innings Aug. 27 at Los Angeles.

    Feliz is batting .242 but has picked up his offensive production since late last month.

    "Lucky," he said with a grin. "Not every day, but sometimes things happen."

    Lowry allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked two in a 106-pitch performance, beating Oswalt for the third time in his career.

    "Mentally, it feels good," Lowry said. "All the hard work, it feels like it's paying off. It couldn't have gone any better."

    Houston pinch-hitter Mike Lamb hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Tim Worrell following Craig Biggio's RBI double. Armando Benitez relieved and recorded the final out for his second save in three chances.

    Brad Ausmus had three hits for the Astros, who headed south to play the Dodgers in the last leg of their seven-game road trip riding a season-worst four-game losing streak.

    The reigning NL champions lost all three to the Rockies over the weekend in Colorado, getting swept for the first time this season -- and first since July 15-17 at St. Louis.

    "We've lost four in a row and not played good in any of them," manager Phil Garner said. "We had Lowry a little bit on the ropes and we could only score the two runs. That's disappointing. ... Playing good enough to finish second doesn't work."

    Randy Winn tripled, singled and scored twice before giving the Giants a scare when he fouled a pitch off his right kneecap in the fifth. Winn rolled on the ground in pain before being examined by trainer Dave Groeschner, then finished the at-bat. He was replaced in right field by Jason Ellison in the top of the sixth.

    Winn said he expected to play Tuesday if the swelling subsided overnight.

    Oswalt, who began the season 4-0 for the best start of his career, beat the Giants 8-0 on April 13 in the second game of a day-night doubleheader for another rainout during that soggy series.

    "I didn't feel good from the bullpen," Oswalt said. "If you don't have one of these outings you don't stay humble. The biggest thing is not to have too many of them."

    The Giants got three singles against Oswalt in the first, including Feliz's RBI single that tied the game after Preston Wilson singled in a run in the first for Houston. Wilson added a run-scoring triple in the third.

    Game notes


    Giants 2B Kevin Frandsen felt a twinge in his left side but it wasn't considered serious. ... Lowry is 3-0 vs. Houston. ... To make roster room for Lowry, the Giants designated for assignment LHP Jeff Fassero, who might have thrown his final pitch in a major league career spanning 15 seasons. "We could have done this a week ago. I could have told you this," the 43-year-old Fassero said, fighting tears. "I've been around this game long enough. ... I understand everything they've done. They've got some good young arms." ... Astros OF Chris Burke, placed on the disabled list Sunday with a dislocated left shoulder sustained a day earlier making a catch and crashing into the wall, underwent an MRI exam in Houston and the Astros were optimistic he could come off the DL when first eligible.

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