Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 10
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Game 2: Saturday, September 11
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Game 3: Sunday, September 12
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Giants 5

(79-65, 37-34 away)

Diamondbacks 2

(43-100, 22-49 home)

4:35 PM ET, September 12, 2004

Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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W: J. Schmidt (16-6)

L: R. Choate (1-3)

Koplove pitch returned 460 feet

PHOENIX (AP) -- Barry Bonds had a feeling Mike Koplove would pitch to him.

"I could see it in his face," Bonds said. "Like, 'I'm tired of this too. You might miss it."

Bonds certainly didn't, hitting a 460-foot shot off the bottom of the center-field scoreboard for his 699th home run. The ninth-inning drive Sunday helped the San Francisco Giants regain the NL wild-card lead with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bonds walked his first two times up, increasing his record total to 203, then took a called third strike and grounded out to overshifted second baseman Scott Hairston in short right field.

With the count 3-1, Bonds finally got a pitch he liked and connected for his 41st homer of the season, the 100th September homer of his career.

"If you don't start your car eventually, the battery goes dead," Bonds said. "I'm sitting over there just rooting for everybody and, hopefully, we're staying in this thing, but my car's got to start, too, once in a while."

Bonds motioned to the sky in his usual salute to his late father as he crossed home plate but did not acknowledge the crowd. Fans booed loudly Saturday night, when Bonds was walked three times.

"People living in a capitalistic country like this, they want their money's worth," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I believe they came to see that guy swing a bat."

Bonds is third on the career list behind Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). After an off-day Monday, the Giants play at Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Koplove, the 414th pitcher to allow a home run to Bonds, didn't want to work around him.

"It's always fun to go out there and try to get him out," Koplove said. "I'm not the first guy. It's a long list."

San Francisco (79-65) won for the sixth time in eight games and are one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs (76-64), who lost to Florida 11-1, and Houston (78-66), which rallied to beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in 10 innings.

Jason Schmidt (16-6) pitched a four-hitter, struck out nine and walked two in his fourth complete game of the season, retiring 21 consecutive batters in one stretch. Schmidt, who had been 0-2 in four starts since beating Pittsburgh on Aug. 12, has won six straight decisions against the Diamondbacks.

A.J. Pierzynski and J.T. Snow hit solo homers against Brandon Webb, and Pedro Feliz followed Bonds to give the Giants consecutive homers off Koplove in the ninth.

Arizona (43-100) became the first major league team to lose 100 times this season, extending the team record for defeats.

Webb, who got out of bases-loaded jams in the first and third, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. He walked five, increasing his major league-leading total to 109.

Alan Zinter's RBI double in the first and Luis Terrero's run-scoring single in the second put Arizona ahead 2-0. That was the last hit off Schmidt, who retired 22 of his last 23 batters.

"I just think he picked up the intensity and picked up his mental approach, and he was lights out," Pierzynski said. "He's been struggling with the groin, and I think he finally said, 'You know what? I've got to get over this,' and he did that."

Pierzynski homered in the fourth and Snow in the fifth to tie it.

"He got a little frustrated when he gave up the home run to Snow," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said of Webb. "We thought it was a good pitch -- it was down -- but Snow, that's where he likes it."

Snow also opened the eighth with a single off Randy Choate (1-3). After Koplove relieved, Marquis Grissom sacrificed, Pierzynski was intentionally walked and Cruz hit a grounder that deflected off the pitcher's glove and into short left field as pinch-runner Jason Ellison scored from second.

Game notes


Pierzynski leads NL catchers with 72 RBI. ... The Giants are 65-41 when Bonds has been walked and have scored 182 runs in the innings when the walks occurred. ... Before this year, Arizona's high for losses had been 97 in 1998, the Diamondbacks' first season.

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