San Francisco (18-24) at Washington (14-28)

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Temp: 84° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat May 22, 2004
  • TV: FSBA
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Puerto Rico.

With Barry Bonds back in the lineup, the San Francisco Giants will try for their third straight win when they continue a three-game series with the Montreal Expos at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

The Giants posted a 6-5 win in the series opener Friday. Bonds was a surprise starter, overcoming a sore back that had kept him out of five of San Francisco’s previous six games. Bonds, who was expected to miss the entire series with the injury, said he wanted the fans in San Juan to get a chance to see him in action.

“I was excited about coming here, and I still am,” Bonds said. “I don’t want to disappoint the fans. Whether I play one game or two games, at least they’ll get a chance to see me on the field.”

Though he was healthy enough to play Friday, Bonds is unlikely to play in more than one of the remaining two games of the series. The left fielder, who was 1-for-3 in the opener, comes into the game mired in his worst slump of the season, with just three hits in his last 26 at-bats.

Friday’s loss was another step back for the Expos, who have lost three in a row and seven of their last 11. The Expos are four games into a 12-game homestand that has them playing the first six games in San Juan, before concluding the trip with six in Montreal.

With their loss Friday, the Expos wasted another three-hit performance from rookie left fielder Terrmel Sledge, who raised his batting average to .276. Sledge, who hit just .122 in April after starting the season with just one hit in his first 34 at bats, is batting .386 (22-for-57) in May.

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