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NEW YORK -- The San Francisco Giants can't seem to get Eliezer Alfonzo's name right. They do know one thing, though: They were glad he was in the lineup Saturday.
Alfonzo delivered a go-ahead homer for his first major league hit, and San Francisco beat the New York Mets 6-4 in the rain-delayed first game of a doubleheader.
"That's awesome. That's something that we needed," winning pitcher Matt Cain said. "A lot of thanks to him."
Barry Bonds sparked the key rally and hit an RBI single during his first game in the Big Apple this season. The hard-throwing Cain won his third straight start since being skipped in the rotation, and ex-Met Armando Benitez closed it out.
David Wright had three hits, but Orlando Hernandez lost his home debut for the Mets. New York had won 13 consecutive series openers at Shea Stadium, including 10 this season.
Jamey Wright started against Mets lefty Tom Glavine in the nightcap, a makeup of Friday night's rainout.
The start of the opener was delayed by showers for 2 hours, 36 minutes. It was raining again by the early innings, but the teams played on and the dark skies finally cleared.
"Sitting around waiting is always hard," Cain said. "You just try to stay as focused as you can."
With the Giants trailing 4-2, Bonds singled leading off the sixth and scored on Pedro Feliz's two-out triple to right-center.
Alfonzo then drove a 1-0 pitch from Hernandez (3-5) over the left-field fence for his first career hit and a 5-4 lead. Not a bad memory to take from one's big league debut -- even if his name was misspelled as "Alfonso" on the back of his jersey.
"Alfonzo can hit, we know that," Alou said.
Whatever his teammates think his name is, the 27-year-old catcher was recalled Friday from Double-A Connecticut because four-time Gold Glove winner Mike Matheny was put on the disabled list with a concussion.
Alfonzo's homer made a winner of the 21-year-old Cain (4-5), who yielded four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in five innings for his second win over the Mets this year. He beat Glavine 6-2 on April 24 in San Francisco for his first win this season.
Kevin Correia, Steve Kline and Jeremy Accardo combined for three innings of perfect relief to set up Benitez for his fourth save. After two walks, he retired pinch-hitter Julio Franco and Jose Reyes to end it.
"I came out of the game earlier than I wanted to, just because of pitch count," Cain said. "They did a great job behind me."
Bonds had a two-out RBI single in the ninth and finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. Playing for the first time since Monday, he was booed all afternoon. Several fans held up critical signs, but the diminished crowd was tempered by the wet weather.
"It was less than I expected," Alou said. "People in this part of the world, they like home runs."
Bonds didn't start the second game. Neither did Alfonzo -- Todd Greene was behind the plate.
Acquired from Arizona on May 24 in a trade for reliever Jorge Julio, Hernandez allowed five runs and eight hits over six innings in his second start with his new team.
"He couldn't get us out of that inning," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He had some good stuff and it was kind of uncharacteristic of him. Obviously, a couple of real bad pitches in that inning."
Randy Winn led off the game with a double and scored on Steve Finley's one-out double. Bonds walked but was doubled off first on Ray Durham's lineout to center fielder Endy Chavez, delighting the crowd.
Winn stole second with two outs in the third, and Finley's single made it 2-0.
Reyes hit his seventh triple in the bottom half and scored on Chavez's groundout. New York tied it on consecutive doubles by Wright and Cliff Floyd to start the fourth, and Floyd later scored on Cain's wild pitch for a 3-2 lead.
An error by Durham at second base led to Wright's two-out RBI single in the fifth, but El Duque coughed up the lead.
"I was feeling good. I made maybe three mistakes in the sixth inning. It was bad for me and for my team," Hernandez said.
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Randy Winn, RF||4||3||1||0||0||1||1|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Steve Finley, CF||4||0||2||2||1||0||0|
|Barry Bonds, LF||3||1||2||1||2||1||0|
|Jason Ellison, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ray Durham, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||0||5|
|Lance Niekro, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0|
|Eliezer Alfonzo, C||4||1||1||2||0||1||1|
|Matt Cain, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|a- Jose Vizcaino, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Kevin Correia, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Steve Kline, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jeremy Accardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|b- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Armando Benitez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a-doubled for Cain in the 6th|
|b-popped out for Accardo in the 9th|
|2B - Randy Winn (, Hernandez), Steve Finley (, Hernandez), Jose Vizcaino (, Hernandez)|
|3B - Pedro Feliz (, Hernandez)|
|HR - Eliezer Alfonzo (, Hernandez)|
|RBI - Steve Finley 2 (), Barry Bonds (), Pedro Feliz (), Eliezer Alfonzo 2 ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Steve Finley (), Barry Bonds (), Pedro Feliz (), Eliezer Alfonzo 2 ()|
|SB - Randy Winn (, 2nd base off Hernandez/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Durham-Vizquel-Niekro|
|E - Ray Durham (, Missed catch)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Matt Cain (W,-)||5||6||4||3||1||6||0|
|Kevin Correia (H,)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Steve Kline (H,)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Jeremy Accardo (H,)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Armando Benitez (S,)||1||0||0||0||2||1||0|
|HBP - Reyes (by Matt Cain)|
|WP - Matt Cain ()|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 105-73, Kevin Correia 17-11, Steve Kline 17-11, Jeremy Accardo 8-6, Armando Benitez 24-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 5-4, Steve Kline 3-0, Jeremy Accardo 1-1, Armando Benitez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Cain 23, Kevin Correia 3, Steve Kline 4, Jeremy Accardo 2, Armando Benitez 5|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||2||1||0||0||1||2|
|Endy Chavez, CF||4||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||3||1||0||0||0|
|Cliff Floyd, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2|
|Jose Valentin, 2B||2||0||1||0||2||1||0|
|Ramon Castro, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||4|
|Lastings Milledge, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||3|
|a- Carlos Beltran, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Orlando Hernandez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|b- Kaz Matsui, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Chad Bradford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Darren Oliver, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|c- Julio Franco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|a-walked for Milledge in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Feliciano in the 7th|
|c-fouled out for Oliver in the 9th|
|2B - David Wright 2 (, Cain, Cain), Cliff Floyd (, Cain)|
|3B - Jose Reyes (, Cain)|
|RBI - Endy Chavez (), David Wright (), Cliff Floyd ()|
|2-OUT RBI - David Wright ()|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Endy Chavez 1|
|DP - Chavez-Delgado|
|New York Mets|
|Orlando Hernandez (L,-)||6||8||5||5||3||5||1|
|IBB - Bonds by Orlando Hernandez|
|HBP - Winn (by Darren Oliver)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 104-62, Pedro Feliciano 12-8, Chad Bradford 11-7, Darren Oliver 24-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 4-8, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Chad Bradford 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 28, Pedro Feliciano 3, Chad Bradford 4, Darren Oliver 6|
|Attendance - 0|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Troy Fullwood, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Field Culbreth|