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Alfonzo's homer in 10th sends Giants over Cardinals

SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Barry Bonds got to celebrate on his 40th birthday, even if the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn't allow him to contribute.

A day after Bonds hit a three-run, seventh-inning home run in the Giants' victory over St. Louis, he drew his major league-leading 79th intentional walk at a key spot in San Francisco's 5-3, 10-inning win.

Bonds declined to discuss any thoughts, saying "not today" when reporters asked after the game if he was willing to talk.

"A game on his birthday is like any other game for him," manager Felipe Alou said. "The other team is so busy worrying about him, thinking about when will he bat next and what will the situation be. He's a factor no matter what day it is."

Chris Carpenter, left in to pitch against the left-handed hitting J.T. Snow following the walk to Bonds, got an inning-ending strikeout in the eighth that preserved a tie.

But the Giants went ahead for good in the 10th on Edgardo Alfonzo's two-run homer off Ray King (3-1) and sent the Cardinals to their first extra-inning loss in seven games this season. Alfonzo twice failed to get a bunt down earlier in the count, and he ended up with his seventh homer.

If Alfonzo had been successful in his sacrifice attempt, manager Tony La Russa said Bonds would have seen his second intentional walk. Alfonzo did not play Friday because of food poisoning.

"The bunt sign was on for the first pitch, and I was on my own on the second pitch," Alfonzo said. "He threw me a hanging slider that didn't slide. I wasn't looking for anything in particular."

San Francisco has won the first two games of the three-game series, the Cardinals' first consecutive losses since they were swept in a three-game series at Pittsburgh June 28-30. St. Louis had won 15 of 17 coming into the series.

"See what happens tomorrow," Carpenter said. "We've got a good team. We'll be fine."

The supporting cast has played a big role in the two games. Dustin Hermanson carried a no-hit bid into the seventh Friday.

"Everybody pays so much attention to Barry that we fly under the radar," Snow said. "We're a bunch of what you might call workmanlike players, and that's fine with us."

Felix Rodriguez (3-4) got the last out in the ninth, and Jason Christiansen got the last out in the 10th for his second save.

Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz had put the Giants ahead 3-2 with a two-out infield hit in the ninth off the glove of second baseman Tony Womack. An RBI double by pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson off Jim Brower in the bottom half retied it, although an outstanding defensive play by first baseman J.T. Snow helped keep the game tied.

Snow, charging hard, fielded Hector Luna's sacrifice attempt and threw out Anderson at third for the first out.

"With another first baseman that's a good play," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "But with a guy like Snow you've got to bunt the ball to third."

Jim Edmonds homered for the second time in three games for St. Louis, and Marquis Grissom homered for the Giants, who have won seven of their last eight against the Cardinals.

Bonds, who has 25 homers and 141 walks, went 1-for-4 and leads the major leagues with a .362 average.

In 17 games on his birthday, Bonds is a .385 hitter (20-for-52) with two homers and 13 RBI. Last year, in a victory over the Diamondbacks, he threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth, then hit a winning homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Pitching against the team he played with last season, Brett Tomko allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings.

Carpenter worked around a season-high five walks in his eight-inning stint, allowing two runs and five hits. Four of the walks came in the first four innings as he worked out mechanical difficulties.

Snow walked to start the second, went to third on Cruz's double and scored on a double play ball to give the Giants the lead. Edmonds led off the bottom of the second with his 24th homer.

St. Louis took the lead in the sixth on consecutive one-out singles by Roger Cedeno, Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen. Cruz made a diving stop in the hole at shortstop on Rolen's grounder but threw late on a force attempt at second.

Grissom's 15th homer tied it at 2 in the seventh. He had been 7-for-35 with two RBI since the All-Star break.

Notes

  • Hector Luna got a spot start at SS on Saturday for the Cardinals. His last three starts have come on the last three Saturdays.
  • Snow is batting .377 with three homers and 12 RBI in 19 games since coming off the DL following arthroscopic knee surgery on June 25.
  • The game drew a sellout crowd of 48,145.
  • Anderson is 10-for-26 (.385) as a pinch-hitter with two homers and eight RBI.


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Ray King is left alone with his thoughts after surrending a homer to Edgardo Alfonzo in the 10th.
Ray King is left alone with his thoughts after surrending a homer to Edgardo Alfonzo in the 10th.(AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

E. Alfonzo
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
Ray Durham, 2B5010001 .272
Michael Tucker, RF2000110 .269
   a- Dustan Mohr, PH-RF0100100 .237
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B5112011 .276
Barry Bonds, LF4010101 .362
J.T. Snow, 1B4110113 .286
Deivi Cruz, SS2010200 .298
    Cody Ransom, PR-SS1100010 .182
Marquis Grissom, CF2111101 .279
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000011 .214
Brett Tomko, P3000011 .162
   b- A.J. Pierzynski, PH1011000 .300
    Pedro Feliz, PR0000000 .262
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .500
    Felix Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Jason Christiansen, P0000000 .000
Totals33574769 
a-walked for Tucker in the 10th
b-singled for Tomko in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.T. Snow (18, Carpenter), Deivi Cruz (18, Carpenter)
HR - Edgardo Alfonzo (7, King), Marquis Grissom (15, Carpenter)
SH - Michael Tucker (3), Marquis Grissom (1)
RBI - Edgardo Alfonzo 2 (52), Marquis Grissom (54), A.J. Pierzynski (51)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (16)
SB - Pedro Feliz (4, 2nd base off Kline/Matheny)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
Brett Tomko 8622131 4.53
Scott Eyre0111000 3.04
Jim Brower (BS,2) 0.2100100 3.38
Felix Rodriguez (W,3-4) 1100000 3.32
Jason Christiansen (S,2) 0.1000010 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 125-76, Scott Eyre 4-3, Jim Brower 13-5, Felix Rodriguez 16-10, Jason Christiansen 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 7-14, Jim Brower 2-0, Felix Rodriguez 1-2
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 31, Scott Eyre 1, Jim Brower 4, Felix Rodriguez 4, Jason Christiansen 1
St. Louis Cardinals
Tony Womack, 2B5000002 .291
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
Roger Cedeno, LF4110010 .291
    So Taguchi, LF1000000 .257
Albert Pujols, 1B4020100 .324
Scott Rolen, 3B5021002 .328
Jim Edmonds, CF5221013 .286
Reggie Sanders, RF3000022 .255
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH-2B1011000 .253
Hector Luna, SS4010000 .253
Mike Matheny, C4000001 .250
Chris Carpenter, P3000001 .116
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .500
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
   b- John Mabry, PH-RF0000100 .281
Totals393932411 
a-doubled for Sanders in the 9th
b-walked for Kline in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jim Edmonds (27, Eyre), Marlon Anderson (10, Brower)
HR - Jim Edmonds (24, Tomko)
RBI - Scott Rolen (87), Jim Edmonds (64), Marlon Anderson (21)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Womack-Luna-Pujols, Carpenter-Womack-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter 8522551 3.81
Jason Isringhausen 0.2011100 2.68
Steve Kline 0.1100000 2.29
Ray King (L,3-1) 0.2122101 1.67
Julian Tavarez 0.1000010 3.05
IBB - Bonds by Chris Carpenter
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 111-66, Jason Isringhausen 16-9, Steve Kline 7-4, Ray King 22-13, Julian Tavarez 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 10-7, Jason Isringhausen 2-0, Ray King 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 32, Jason Isringhausen 3, Steve Kline 2, Ray King 4, Julian Tavarez 1
Game Information
Attendance - 48145
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Kerwin Danley