Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, April 3
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San Francisco0
Game 2: Wednesday, April 4
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Game 3: Thursday, April 5
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Padres 3

(2-1, 2-1 away)

Giants 5

(1-2, 1-2 home)

10:15 PM ET, April 5, 2007

AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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W: M. Morris (1-0)

L: C. Hensley (0-1)

S: A. Benitez (1)

Morris keeps Padres at bay as Giants avoid sweep

A CLOSER LOOK
• Summary: Ray Durham lined a two-run hit to back a sharp outing by Matt Morris and help the Giants get into the victory column.

Matt Morris
Morris

• Turning point: Durham's 5th-inning single drove in the eventual winning runs and Giants pitching made the lead stand up.

• Hero: Morris ceded five hits and one run in six innings for his first win of the season.

• Figure this: The Giants averted their first 0-3 start since '84, two years before Barry Bonds made the majors with Pittsburgh.

• Quotable: "It's good to get on the board, believe me. The last thing we wanted to do is open up this thing getting swept." -- Giants skipper Bruce Bochy.

-- ESPN.com news services

Giants 5, Padres 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Finally, Bruce Bochy could exhale.

San Francisco's new skipper avoided beginning 0-fer against his former club, and the Giants avoided their first 0-3 start in 23 years.

"It's good to get on the board, believe me," Bochy said, a celebratory beer open on his desk and the lineup card tucked away for safekeeping. "The last thing we wanted to do is open up this thing getting swept."

Barry Bonds had an RBI double, Ray Durham hit a go-ahead two-run single after a walk to Bonds in the decisive fifth, and Matt Morris pitched six strong innings in the Giants' 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

Bochy beat his old team for his first win as Giants manager, and San Francisco kept from losing its first three games for only the fifth time since the team moved west from New York in 1958.

"Breathe easy, breathe easy," Giants executive vice president Larry Baer said on his way into the clubhouse afterward to greet Bochy.

Josh Bard hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth for the Padres but Armando Benitez got Mike Cameron to pop out with runners on first and second for his first save.

Morris (1-0) didn't allow a hit until Bard's two-out single to left-center in the fourth, looking on his game from the get-go on a misty night in the Bay Area when the gametime temperature was a chilly 55 degrees.

"That's awesome to get that one out of the way, and let's rattle off a couple more," Morris said. "We needed a win tonight and played with a lot of life after two tough ones."

A day after Bonds hit career home run No. 735 -- moving him within 21 of breaking Hank Aaron's record of 755 -- Bonds doubled off the wall in right-center in the first inning to score Dave Roberts from first for a 1-0 lead, with Roberts sliding headfirst into home.

After grounding out in the third, Bonds came up with two outs and runners on first and second in the fifth after back-to-back walks to Roberts and Omar Vizquel. The slugger walked on five pitches, then Durham lined a two-run single to right for a 3-1 lead.

"Me as a hitter, I take pride in two-out hits," Durham said. "Usually that's what causes big innings."

The Padres' problems didn't stop there, either.

Manager Bud Black praised his team's defense before the game, then saw a big blunder during that four-run fifth right after Durham's big hit.

Shortstop Khalil Greene was tracing a fly ball from Rich Aurilia in shallow left and rookie third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff backpedaled into Greene and knocked him down -- and the ball fell to the ground for a base hit.

"You still have to remember it's early in the season," Greene said. "There are some things you need to get used to -- one of those being the range of the guy over there and what he does on certain plays. Typically when I go back like that, I don't factor in the third baseman. Looking back on it, I wish I would have called it."

Bonds scored on the play and could be seen chuckling in the dugout afterward. He flied out to center in the seventh and his day was done. Todd Linden replaced him in left field to start the eighth.

Black knows Bonds will always be in the back of his mind when he makes managerial moves.

"Against the Giants, you're always thinking about Barry," the first-year skipper said. "You have to continue to see how he's swinging, how he looks. He's always there lurking."

The Padres were trying for the club's fourth 3-0 start in franchise history and first since beginning the 1984 season 4-0. San Diego also won its first three games in 1969 and 1980 -- and the '69 start was the only time the team began with a three-game sweep.

Brian Giles walked with one out in the first then Adrian Gonzalez reached on a fielder's choice before Morris retired the next nine batters in order.

Morris was happy with how he progressed over the spring, then carried it over into his first official outing. The right-hander threw 42 pitches with 29 strikes through three innings. Greene led off the fifth with a double down the left-field line and pitcher Clay Hensley (0-1) added a two-out RBI single three batters later to tie it at 1.

Morris is looking to put his frustrating 10-win season from 2006 behind him and start fresh in his second year with San Francisco -- and this certainly had to feel good.

"What a terrific job he did," Bochy said. "We needed a great pitching effort."

He allowed one run and five hits, struck out two and walked two in an efficient 86-pitch effort.

Morris, who received a round of handshakes in the dugout when his day was done, gave his No. 35 jersey to Aurilia and switched uniform numbers to 22 in honor of former teammate, Mike Matheny, the four-time Gold Glove catcher forced to retire after last season because of a concussion.

Bochy gave third baseman Pedro Feliz the day off and used Aurilia at third to give Ryan Klesko a start at first. The move paid off, too -- Klesko had three singles, drove in a run and made a couple of nice defensive plays. He earned another start Friday, when Aurilia will get the day off.

Game notes


Morris had the fourth-lowest run support average in the NL last year. ... Hensley allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. ... Roberts stole his first base of the year in the fifth. ... Aurilia is back for his second stint in San Francisco and had his first hit as a Giant since Sept. 28, 2003, and his first RBI since Sept. 26 that same year. ... The Giants haven't been swept in three games by the Padres at home since May 27-29, 2005.

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