Los Angeles (88-66) at San Francisco (87-68)

Partly Cloudy Currently: San Francisco, CA
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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 26, 2004
  • TV: KCOP, FSBA
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The San Francisco Giants know they need more than Barry Bonds in their quest for a playoff spot.

The Giants will try to improve their chances to grab a postseason berth when they conclude their three-game series with the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers at SBC Park.

Pedro Feliz hit a tiebreaking grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning Saturday to lead the Giants to a 9-5 win. Feliz went 4-for-5 to help the Giants snap a two-game losing streak.

“It was a big day for me. I feel excited about the grand slam to win the game,” Feliz said. “When I was running the bases, I was thinking, ‘We already have this game.’ They don’t want to pitch to (Barry). We wish they pitched to him. It’s fun to watch.”

With the win, the Giants closed to within a half-game of the Chicago Cubs for the NL wild card and trimmed the Dodgers’ lead in the West to 1 1/2 games.

Bonds, who hit his 702nd career homer Friday night, matched his career high with five walks, including three intentional. Bonds has set major league records with 221 total and 116 intentional walks this year.

“We at least made someone else but Bonds beat us. That’s good,” Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley said.

As the Giants try to close the gap in the NL West, they’ll look for Brett Tomko to continue displaying the dominant form he has shown in recent starts. Tomko gave up two runs and four hits over 8 2-3 innings Tuesday in a 9-2 win over the Houston Astros.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Tomko said. “For the young guys who have never been to the playoffs, this is the closest they’ve been to a playoff atmosphere. This is what you play all year for. Everything’s big.”

The 31-year-old right-hander has credited much of his recent success to his work with Los Angeles sports psychologist Alan Jaeger. Since they first spoke by phone—they’ve never met in person—before an Aug. 26 start at Florida, Tomko has gone 5-0 with a 1.21 ERA in six outings.

“It’s been good. It’s a piece of the puzzle that may have been lacking,” Tomko said.

Bradley and Alex Cora both homered Saturday for the Dodgers, who had won two straight and three of five.

Los Angeles played without first baseman Shawn Green, who spent the day observing the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. Green hit a two-run homer in Friday night’s 3-2 win.

The Dodgers and Giants will close the regular season with a three-game set at Dodger Stadium next weekend.

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13-13 Record 11-7
4.01 ERA 4.04
153 K 108
67 BB 64
1.30 WHIP 1.34