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Feliz, Vizquel homer as Giants pull out win against D-Backs in 11

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PHOENIX -- Barry Bonds keeps saying he just wants San Francisco to start winning and doesn't care about hitting home runs.

He didn't homer, but he did hit. And the Giants finally pulled off a victory at Chase Field against one of baseball's hottest teams.

Pedro Feliz and Omar Vizquel provided the power with homers and Bonds returned to the lineup after missing two games to add an RBI single and also beat out an infield single in the Giants' 5-4, 11-inning win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

Vizquel lined a go-ahead single to left in the 11th off Brandon Medders (1-2) that got past diving third baseman Mark Reynolds to score Ray Durham, who advanced from first to third on Eric Byrnes' bobble in left. Feliz hit a tying solo shot to start the ninth off closer Jose Valverde for one of his three hits.

"It's nice to get out of here with a win," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've had some tough luck here, made some mistakes here. We did tonight. We overcame it. We've got some work to do. We did a lot of good things tonight."

Vizquel hit a two-run homer in the third -- his first of the season -- a drive to right following Feliz's leadoff single, the first longball in 346 at-bats for the 11-time Gold Glove shortstop. He last hit one Aug. 18 off the Dodgers' Brad Penny.

"Big relief," Vizquel said of his production, considering his recent struggles. "In extra innings, you've always got the feeling somebody's going to get a big hit."

Bonds had a chance in the 10th after Ryan Klesko's one-out single, but grounded into a double play.

Bonds played in the finale after resting his sore shins in the first two games of the series and showed he's feeling better by beating out an infield single in the sixth -- a rare thing for his 42-year-old legs these days.

"I've done it before," Bonds said with a smile while leaving the clubhouse, his rolling suitcase in tow.

The Giants won for the first time in six tries this season in Phoenix -- and all of the games have been one-run contests, including two in extra innings this series.

The Giants swept the Diamondbacks from April 20-22 in San Francisco and two of those were one-run games, with the other a two-run contest.

Chris Young, who hit the decisive homer in each of the previous two games, had a chance in the 10th, too. He hit a towering shot to left that went about five feet foul. He struck out.

Jack Taschner (1-0) pitched the ninth and 10th for the win, then Steve Kline finished for his first save in as many chances. The bullpen worked five scoreless innings.

"With this bullpen, we've shown it before when we've given up runs, we bounce back," Taschner said.

Conor Jackson homered and hit a two-run triple for Arizona, which lost for only the second time in 13 games. Byrnes had three hits for the D-Backs, extending his hitting streak to 14 games with a single to left leading off the third.

A night earlier, Byrnes threw out Durham at the plate to preserve a shutout. Not this time.

"It just came up on him a little bit and Durham was going pretty hard," Arizona skipper Bob Melvin said. "He's playing fairly deep right there where you don't want to give up a double ... and if you bobble it at all there's a good chance he's going to third."

D-Backs starter Livan Hernandez, whose neck bothered him in the first inning during his last outing June 2 at New York but still pitched six, retired the first six Giants hitters and got his only two strikeouts during that two-inning stretch.

He allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings, walking two. He also singled with two outs in the fourth for his ninth hit of the year and later scored. Tony Pena pitched the eighth, then Valverde blew his third save in 24 chances, missing a chance to tie Francisco Cordero of the Brewers for the major league lead. The D-Backs' pitching staff couldn't get it done following strong starts by Randy Johnson and Brandon Webb in the first two games.

Bonds stepped into the batter's box to a smattering of boos and camera flashes each time. He led off the second and struck out looking, giving his opinion of the call to home-plate umpire Chuck Meriwether before heading back to the dugout. Bonds singled in a run in the third with the bases loaded.

"It's the bases loaded, I've got to pitch to him," Hernandez said.

Bonds struck out looking again in the eighth, seeing just four pitches. He has just one homer in 66 at-bats since connecting May 8 off the Mets' Tom Glavine, hitting No. 746 on May 27 at home against the Rockies.

With his two hits off Hernandez, Bonds is batting .429 (6-for-14) with three homers and five RBI against his former teammate.

"I'm feeling a lot better," Bonds said before the game, when the slugger took his batting practice cuts for the first time since Monday. He has been taking prednisone to help lessen the swelling in his legs.

Noah Lowry's winless stretch reached three starts, and he saw his four-start winning streak against Arizona end with his first loss to the D-Backs since April 20, 2005.


  • Arizona had its three-series win streak snapped.
  • Klesko made his first start in RF since May 12, 2002, at Atlanta while with the San Diego Padres. He tried to dive on Jackson's triple and the ball got by him. He was moved to 1B in the 10th.
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Pedro Feliz and Omar Vizquel race home after Vizquel's blast. Feliz also provides a home run for S.F.  (AP)
Pedro Feliz and Omar Vizquel race home after Vizquel's blast. Feliz also provides a home run for S.F. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

O. Vizquel
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, CF-RF5110014 .247
Rich Aurilia, 1B4000111 .238
    Daniel Ortmeier, RF-LF1000003 .267
Ryan Klesko, RF-1B3010211 .313
Barry Bonds, LF5021022 .275
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
Ray Durham, 2B3100103 .260
Bengie Molina, C5000004 .313
Pedro Feliz, 3B5231001 .265
Omar Vizquel, SS5133000 .245
Noah Lowry, P2000000 .083
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000 .176
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
   b- Kevin Frandsen, PH1000011 .278
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
   c- Randy Winn, PH-CF0000100 .304
a-grounded out for Lowry in the 7th
b-struck out for Hennessey in the 9th
c-walked for Taschner in the 11th
HR - Pedro Feliz (8, Valverde), Omar Vizquel (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Barry Bonds (27), Pedro Feliz (29), Omar Vizquel 3 (17)
SB - Fred Lewis (3, 3rd base off Hernandez/Montero)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Feliz-Durham-Aurilia
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry 6744231 3.49
Vinnie Chulk 1200000 3.12
Brad Hennessey 1100010 2.70
Jack Taschner (W,1-0) 2000030 5.09
Steve Kline (S,1) 1000000 5.65
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 101-62, Vinnie Chulk 10-6, Brad Hennessey 15-12, Jack Taschner 21-13, Steve Kline 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 10-5, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Brad Hennessey 1-1, Jack Taschner 1-2, Steve Kline 1-2
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 27, Vinnie Chulk 4, Brad Hennessey 4, Jack Taschner 6, Steve Kline 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, RF-LF5130000 .319
Conor Jackson, 1B4123001 .283
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .333
    Carlos Quentin, RF1000010 .221
Orlando Hudson, 2B3010201 .290
Mark Reynolds, 3B5000024 .333
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
Chris Young, CF5010013 .265
Scott Hairston, LF4120001 .243
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Robby Hammock, 3B1000000 .250
Alberto Callaspo, SS5000003 .205
Miguel Montero, C4001022 .202
   a- Chris Snyder, PH1000000 .218
Livan Hernandez, P3110001 .265
    Tony Clark, 1B1000010 .235
a-popped out for Montero in the 11th
2B - Orlando Hudson (13, Chulk), Scott Hairston (8, Lowry)
3B - Conor Jackson (1, Lowry)
HR - Conor Jackson (4, Lowry)
RBI - Conor Jackson 3 (21), Miguel Montero (13)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson 2 (8)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
DP - Callaspo-Hudson-Clark, Clark-Reynolds
E - Eric Byrnes (2, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Montero (3, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Livan Hernandez 7533221 3.66
Tony Pena (H,11) 1000120 2.81
Jose Valverde (BS,3) 1211011 3.46
Doug Slaten 1100000 2.93
Brandon Medders (L,1-2) 0.1211200 4.84
Juan Cruz 0.2000010 2.89
HBP - Lewis (by Livan Hernandez), Durham (by Tony Pena)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 105-54, Tony Pena 17-9, Jose Valverde 11-9, Doug Slaten 7-4, Brandon Medders 23-10, Juan Cruz 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 8-10, Jose Valverde 1-0, Doug Slaten 2-0, Juan Cruz 1-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 28, Tony Pena 5, Jose Valverde 4, Doug Slaten 3, Brandon Medders 5, Juan Cruz 2
Game Information
Attendance - 21984
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Rick Reed