Final

Playoff Series: Game 1 of 5

San Francisco leads 3-2 (as of 10/2)

Game 1: Wednesday, October 2
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Atlanta 5
Game 2: Thursday, October 3
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Atlanta 7
Game 3: Saturday, October 5
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San Francisco 2
Game 4: Sunday, October 6
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San Francisco 8
Game 5: Monday, October 7
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Atlanta 1

1:06 PM ET, October 2, 2002

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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W: R. Ortiz (1-0)

L: T. Glavine (0-1)

S: R. Nen (1)

Glavine chased after five; Ortiz steadies Giants

ATLANTA (AP) -- Barry Bonds stole a glance at the video board as he trudged off the field, grinning in disbelief as he watched the replay of Andruw Jones turning a homer into an out.

Game 1 at a glance
Hero
J.T. Snow's two-run double in the top of the second inning ignited the Giants' offense, which went on to score six runs off of Tom Glavine in the first four innings. Snow, the Giants' No. 7 hitter in the batting order, combined with David Bell (No. 8) and pitcher Russ Ortiz (No. 9) to have four hits and three RBI.

Goat
After throwing a perfect first inning, Glavine ran into trouble in the second, giving up three runs. He then experienced further trouble by allowing three runs in the fourth. He gave up six runs -- all earned -- on 10 hits in five innings.

Key stat
In 21 previous postseason series dating back to 1991, the Braves have lost the opening game nine times. Of those nine times, they have gone on to lose the series seven times.

Looking ahead
Kevin Millwood, who was 18-8 with a 3.24 ERA this season, starts Game 2 for the Braves in place of Greg Maddux. Millwood was ineffective in one start against the Giants this year, allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Kirk Rueter starts for the Giants and was also ineffective in one start against the Braves, allowing four runs on nine hits in five innings.

Another postseason disappointment for the game's greatest player? Nah.

Bonds didn't have to come up big in Game 1 of the NL division playoffs. His San Francisco teammates knocked around Atlanta's heralded pitching staff, Russ Ortiz threw seven strong innings and the Giants held on for an 8-5 victory over the Braves on Wednesday.

''That's how we've been playing all season,'' Reggie Sanders said. ''You just haven't noticed it. We're hot.''

Bonds, who came in with a .196 postseason average, was limited to a meaningless single in the third. He hit a drive in the eighth that cleared the center-field wall, but perennial Gold Glover Jones leaped above the yellow line to make the catch.

Bonds didn't mind. He's more concerned with capturing his first World Series ring, having never even been on a winning team in his first five postseason appearances. He lost twice to the Braves in the early '90s while playing for Pittsburgh.

Bonds can't end that streak alone, of course, and the wild-card Giants showed they're much more than a one-man team.

San Francisco grabbed a crucial edge in the best-of-5 series against the East champion Braves, who led the league with 101 wins in claiming their 11th straight division title.

Game 2 is Thursday night, with Kirk Rueter starting for the Giants against Kevin Millwood.

''Obviously, Barry gets most of the attention, and he deserves the attention,'' Ortiz said. ''But we have a really good ballclub up and down the lineup.''

Down 8-2, Gary Sheffield and Javy Lopez homered in the eighth to get the Braves close. Atlanta had its chance in the ninth, but Robb Nen got Sheffield to ground into a game-ending double play with two runners on for a save.

''It helps when you can get on top early,'' said J.T. Snow, who got San Francisco off to a quick start with a two-run double in the second off Tom Glavine.

Bonds, an overwhelming favorite for his fifth MVP award, went 1-for-4 with an intentional walk, a throwing error and another ''no comment'' for the media.

His teammates did plenty of damage against Glavine, though.

The Giants scored three runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth, sparked both times by the bottom of the order.

Snow, Benito Santiago and Rich Aurilia each had two RBI.

''Obviously, you look at their lineup and you don't want Barry to beat you,'' Glavine said. ''I certainly did a good job of that, but some of the other guys stepped up.''

Benito Santiago

Benito Santiago -- not Barry Bonds -- led the Giants with three hits and a pair of RBI in Game 1.

The Braves rallied in the eighth against Tim Worrell. Sheffield, a close friend of Bonds, hit a solo homer and Lopez added a two-run shot, getting a second chance after Santiago dropped a soft popup near the Braves dugout that should have been the third out.

Santiago, an All-Star catcher, redeemed himself somewhat by leaning into a photographer's box to grab Marcus Giles' popup with a runner on to end the inning.

Sheffield was the potential tying run in the ninth, but he ended the game with the double-play grounder to shortstop.

''We don't care who's pitching, we still feel like we can do it,'' Sheffield said. ''(Nen) made a great pitch when he needed to.''

Glavine was making his 31st postseason start -- and perhaps his last in Atlanta. His contract is up at the end of the season, and the Braves will now have to win at least one game in San Francisco to reach the NL championship series for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons.

Glavine lasted only five innings, leaving for a pinch-hitter after surrendering 10 hits. The Giants followed their scouting reports to a tee, going up the middle or to the opposite field with most of his outside pitches.

''They seemed to take the approach against me, kind of like the whole league does, to just hit the ball where it was pitched,'' Glavine said. ''They just hit it where we didn't have anybody.''

San Francisco even scored against Chris Hammond, only the third reliever since 1900 to post an ERA below 1.00 while pitching at least 70 innings.

Santiago hit a two-out, two-run double off Hammond in the sixth to put the game out of reach -- the first runs allowed by the left-hander since June 30.

''We've been playing some good baseball, regardless of who's pitching,'' Santiago said.

Ortiz shut down the Braves in just his second postseason appearance. Atlanta managed one hit off the Giants starter after Glavine's two-run single in the second, only five hits in all.

Santiago, batting behind Bonds, had three hits. And the guys behind him contributed five hits and three RBI.

No. 8 hitter David Bell had an RBI single in the second and, along with Ortiz, sparked the fourth-inning outburst. They hit back-to-back singles with two outs, and the Giants went on to build a 6-2 lead.

''With everybody getting a hit, it might help everybody settle in,'' Bell said. ''Everybody in the lineup is swinging the bat really well.''

Glavine brought Atlanta within 3-2, singling past third base in the second. It was the left-hander's first postseason RBI since the 1996 NL championship series.

Unfortunately for the Braves, Glavine had to return to the mound. The 10 hits matched the most allowed by him in a postseason game.

Glavine dropped to 12-14 in the playoffs, missing a chance to break a deadlock with teammate John Smoltz as the winningest postseason pitcher in baseball history.

Game notes


Every Giants starter had a hit by the sixth inning. ... The crowd of 41,903 was about 8,000 short of a sellout. ... Hammond, who had a 0.95 ERA in the regular season, had to leave the game with a strained neck after Santiago's two-run double. The pitcher was apparently hurt making a brilliant play on a slow grounder by Aurilia; the next four San Francisco hitters reached base. ... The Giants scored their most runs in a postseason game since an 11-4 victory over Greg Maddux and the Chicago Cubs in the '89 NLCS. Maddux is scheduled to start Game 3 for the Braves.

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