Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 4/4)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
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Game 2: Saturday, April 5
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Game 3: Sunday, April 6
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Giants 7

(4-0, 4-0 away)

Brewers 5

(0-4, 0-1 home)

    2:05 PM ET, April 4, 2003

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: J. Brower (1-0)

    L: L. Vizcaino (0-1)

    S: T. Worrell (3)

    Snow's infield single helps Giants stay unbeaten

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou insisted all spring the defending NL champions could win games with their legs as often as they do with their customary long drives.

    Barry Bonds

    Barry Bonds enters the second half leading the NL with a .365 batting average.

    Four games into a so-far unbeaten season, they're winning with both.

    J.T. Snow's infield single off shortstop Royce Clayton's glove drove in two runs in a go-ahead eighth inning and the Giants overcame a three-homer inning to beat Milwaukee 7-5 Friday in the Brewers' home opener.

    "You've got to find a way to get it done in the seventh, eighth or ninth, because that's when most games are decided,'' Snow said. "We did that today. This is a veteran club and guys don't panic. We stayed aggressive and got it done.''

    Snow drove in four runs and Barry Bonds hit his second homer as the Giants moved to within two wins of matching their 6-0 start of last season. The Brewers, who opened 2-9 during a 106-loss season last year, are still looking for their first win for new manager Ned Yost.

    "It's no fun starting 0-4, but we're not going to roll over and die,'' Yost said. "We've got 158 games to play.''

    Now, the Brewers can't even win their home opener, something they almost always do. They had won eight of their last nine, including the first two at Miller Park.

    They were in position to win this one, too, leading 5-4 in the eighth before their bullpen, nearly as wild as starting pitcher Todd Ritchie was, blew a late lead for the second time this week. The Brewers couldn't hold a 7-5 lead in their 11-9 opening day loss in St. Louis.

    Jose Cruz Jr. tied it at 5 with a one-out homer in the eighth, the sixth homer of the game. After Luis Vizcaino (0-1) walked Rich Aurilia, Yost ordered Bonds intentionally walked even though it moved the potential lead run to second base.

    That move proved important after Edgardo Alfonzo walked to load the bases. Snow worked the count full against reliever Shane Nance, then hit a liner that a leaping Clayton knocked down. The ball bounced far enough away that Aurilia scored from third and Bonds from second.

    "I can't tell you what happened. I jumped as high as I could and it hit me in the palm,'' Clayton said. "I might have jumped higher than I had to. Just one of those weird things.''

    Alou said he has never intentionally walked a batter in that situation, but said, "I don't have to worry about it because Barry Bonds plays for me.''

    "There's no way you're going to let Barry Bonds hit in that situation,'' Yost said. "We tried to pitch around him all day and look what he did. We were going to walk him no matter what.''

    Jim Brower (1-0), on the roster because of closer Robb Nen's injury, pitched the seventh for the victory and Felix Rodriguez followed with a scoreless eighth. Tim Worrell finished for his third save, with the help of an infield single that wasn't.

    With one on and one out, Clayton's grounder hit third base for an apparent single. But, after the umpires huddled near the pitcher's mound, they ruled the ball struck his bat twice -- a foul ball -- and he flied out on the next pitch.

    "All of us saw it,'' Alou said. "I saw it, and I'm 67. We heard it, too. He hit it twice.''

    Clayton was hoping the umpires missed it.

    "It could have been a good momentum swing but, unfortunately, I flied out,'' he said.

    Giants starter Ryan Jensen, bumped up a day in the rotation when Alou decided to hold back rookie Kurt Ainsworth until Saturday, took a 4-2 lead into the sixth but couldn't hold it as Richie Sexson, Jeffrey Hammonds and Wes Helms homered in a span of four batters. The three-homer inning matched the Brewers' output in their first three games.

    Before that, Ritchie gave up Bonds' solo homer in the fifth while walking four, hitting two batters and throwing two wild pitches, one that allowed Ray Durham to race from first to third ahead of Aurilia's sacrifice fly in the first.

    Ritchie was especially wild in the third, walking Aurilia and hitting Alfonzo on the left elbow before the first of Snow's two-run singles.

    The Brewers got a run back in the fourth on John Vander Wal's one-out double and Helms' single. Vander Wal also homered in the second.

    Game notes


    Brewers announcer Bob Uecker threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He will be honored at Cooperstown this summer as the Ford C. Frick award winner. ... The Miller Park roof was closed on a rainy, 34-degree day. ... The Giants stranded 13 runners. ... The crowd was announced as 42,570, a sellout, but there were hundreds of empty seats down both the left and right field lines. ... Brewers president Ulice Payne, taking part in his first home opener, stood beside Yost on the baselines and applauded for each player during the pregame introductions.

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