Bonds hit his 724th career homer in the second inning, but left
the game after he batted in the sixth due to an irritated left
The Giants have won three straight in the four-game series, and
have beaten the Padres eight times in nine games since early July.
"We definitely could have folded up," Durham said. "The
makeup of the ballclub, no matter what happens, we still battle
until the last out's made. That showed tonight."
Durham singled with one out in the 13th, his third hit, and was
sacrificed to second by pitcher Brad Hennessey, who pinch-hit
because there were no bench players left. After Shea Hillenbrand
walked, Alfonzo singled to left off Alan Embree (4-3) to score
Alfonzo stood on first and pumped his fist.
"It was my first time in that situation," he said. "I was so
excited at that moment, that's why I put my hand up. Now I know I
do my job."
"It's frustrating to go in, make quality pitches but cost us
the game," Embree said.
Ben Johnson hit two homers for the Padres, including a tying
shot in the 10th off Armando Benitez. Brian Giles and Mark Bellhorn
also connected for San Diego, which lost for the seventh time in
nine games, a slump that has dropped it from the NL West lead to
The Padres are at .500 (60-60) for the first time since May 6.
"That's a tough one to lose," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
"We got some big home runs there, we're close to winning the
ballgame and they get some big two-out hits. That's the difference
in the ballgame."
Johnson homered to left leading off the 10th on a full-count
pitch from Benitez, whose blown save was his fourth in his last six
chances, and his eighth this season. Johnson had his first career
two-homer game and tied his career high with three hits. He has
four homers this year.
Durham had three RBI, including driving in Moises Alou with the
tying run in the eighth and the go-ahead run in the 10th.
In the eighth, Alou scored on Durham's groundout to tie it at 4.
Alou hit a leadoff single to left and stole second with one out. As
catcher Mike Piazza's errant throw sailed into center field, Alou
got up and hustled to third. He slid in ahead of the throw from
Mike Cameron, who at first seemed surprised Alou was trying to take
Bonds homered to right field on a full-count pitch from Chan Ho
Park leading off the second inning, his 16th. Bonds is 31 shy of
tying home run king Hank Aaron's record of 755.
Park was making his second start since a stay on the disabled
list during which he received three pints of blood to treat
intestinal bleeding. The right-hander earned the dubious
distinction of tying Greg Maddux, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling
and John Smoltz as having allowed eight homers each to Bonds, the
most by any pitchers.
The 42-year-old Bonds hadn't homered since Aug. 4 against
The homer gave Bonds 1,903 RBI, tying him for seventh on the
career list with his godfather, Willie Mays.
It was Bonds' 84th homer and 208th RBI against San Diego, his
most against any opponent. His 44 homers in San Diego are his most
in any road city.
Todd Greene also homered for the Giants, his first this season.
Giants lefty Noah Lowry allowed the first three Padres homers.
Giles connected with two outs in the first, the second time this
season he's homered in consecutive games. It was his 10th.
After Bonds tied the game at 1, San Diego's Josh Barfield hit a
sacrifice fly in the second. San Francisco's Todd Greene tied it in
the third with his leadoff homer into the second deck in left
Johnson's first homer was to left with one out in the third.
Bellhorn made it 4-2 when he homered into the front row of the home
run porch in the right-field corner, where it hit off a fan's glove
and fell back onto the field. It was Bellhorn's eighth.
Park allowed Durham's RBI double in the sixth that pulled the
Giants to 4-3.
Park allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings, struck
out three and walked three. Lowry went six, giving up four runs and
five hits, with five strikeouts and three walks.
Bonds was going to get Thursday off anyway, manager Felipe
Alou said. ... Piazza was back in the starting lineup two nights
after being forced out after getting hit on the forearm by a pitch.
... Padres reliever Scott Linebrink allowed a run for the fourth
straight appearance. ... San Diego is 0-for-22 with runners in
scoring position in the series.