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Bonds' HR streak ends, closes on walks mark

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When the Oakland Athletics arrived at the
ballpark, they didn't know if Mark McLemore or Justin Duchscherer
would be able to play, much less produce.

After proving their health in pregame drills, McLemore and
Duchscherer delivered in Oakland's 6-2 victory over the San
Francisco Giants on Saturday.

McLemore's tiebreaking RBI single sparked a four-run ninth
inning and Duchscherer (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings of
relief for the win.

Jermaine Dye added four hits and two RBI, and Damian Miller hit
a tying double in the eighth inning as the A's snapped Barry Bonds'
four-game homer streak and beat their cross-bay rivals for the
second time in five meetings this year.

"You can't just count on one guy because if you do that teams
will pitch around him," McLemore said.

That's what the A's did to Bonds, who went 1-for-2 with two
walks, giving him 2,189 free passes for his career -- one shy of
Rickey Henderson's career record. Bonds' hit came with a four-run
deficit leading off the ninth inning.

The big ninth inning made sure Bonds' last at-bat wouldn't
matter. Pinch-hitter Eric Karros started the rally with a one-out
double. Pinch-runner Esteban German scored on McLemore's line
single to center that got just past a lunging shortstop Deivi Cruz.

McLemore, who has been bothered by a balky right knee, wasn't
sure he'd be able to play until he did some running before the
game.

"I have pain. If I can deal with it during the game, I'll
play," he said. "It's at the point where I won't go out there and
be 100 percent the rest of the year. I'll deal with it when I can.
If I can't, I won't play."

Scott Hatteberg then hit a high fly to shallow center that
second baseman Ray Durham lost in the sun. The ball hit off his
glove for his second error of the game, allowing a run to score.

"I didn't see it," Durham said. "I ran over and looked at
Deivi and was hoping that (center fielder Marquis) Grissom would
call me off. I didn't hear anything. I threw the glove up and it
hit it."

Dye added an RBI double and Bobby Crosby hit an RBI single.

"I think it's pathetic," Herges said. "I can't make a pitch
to get out of the inning. I can't explain it, but it's brutal. It
just can't happen."

Oakland starter Rich Harden, who left his start last Saturday
against the Giants in the third inning with a partially dislocated
non-throwing shoulder, allowed only two hits in six innings.

Duchscherer (4-1), who hadn't pitched since last Saturday
because of a sore back, gave up one hit and Octavio Dotel pitched a
scoreless ninth.

"I hadn't pitched in a week and I didn't even pick up a ball
for three days," Duchscherer said. "It felt good to go out there
and pitch. I felt good today. This gives me something positive to
think about when I come back tomorrow."

The Giants had won 16 of 17 home games before the bullpen
spoiled a strong start from Dustin Hermanson.

Hermanson overpowered the A's in seven innings, only one
unearned run and striking out a career high 11. But he was saddled
with his eighth no-decision in his last 10 starts when Felix
Rodriguez couldn't hold the lead in the eighth.

Dye singled with one out and came around to score when Miller's
two-out liner deflected off the glove of a diving Michael Tucker in
right field for an RBI double that tied it at 2.

The Giants scored their runs on an RBI double by Cruz in the
third and a sacrifice fly by Grissom in the sixth.

The A's scored in the top of the sixth after McLemore reached on
a one-out error Durham. McLemore went to third on Hatteberg's hard
single off the right-field wall and scored when Durham booted Dye's
grounder in the hole for a single.

"We just happened to make the most of their mistakes," Dye
said. "It's tough when you give teams extra outs. We took
advantage of that today."

Game notes
Bonds, who has reached base in 69 of 71 games this season,
walked all four times he came to the plate Tuesday in Los Angeles.
... Harden couldn't swing because of his shoulder and struck out
both times he batted, leaving A's pitchers 0-for-20 with 12 Ks with
one interleague game left this season. ... Cruz is 29-for-77 over
his last 26 games to raise his average to .320.