Giants 8, Padres 6
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Barry Bonds was more interested in beating traffic out of the stadium parking lot than talking about his latest homer in San Diego.
Bonds hit a two-run homer, his 25th, to highlight a five-run fourth inning and J.T. Snow also connected as the San Francisco Giants beat the Padres 8-6 Friday night to end San Diego’s five-game winning streak.
It was Bonds’ 638th career homer, and the two RBIs gave him 1,704, moving him out of a tie with Reggie Jackson and into sole possession of 15th on the all-time list.
Bonds’ 39 homers at Qualcomm Stadium are his most at a road ballpark, and his 73 against the Padres are his most against any team. Asked about his success here, he brushed off reporters.
“I don’t have time to answer those questions,” Bonds said. “Who knows why? Who knows? Who cares?”
Bonds was in a rush to avoid getting stuck in traffic. A postgame fireworks show attracted a crowd of 42,379.
Bonds also drew his 2,000th career walk, making him just the fourth player to reach that plateau.
The NL West-leading Giants beat the last-place Padres for the sixth time in seven games this year. San Diego was coming off a three-game sweep of Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, preceded by two straight wins against Seattle, baseball’s best team.
Bonds drove a 2-2 fastball from Jake Peavy an estimated 402 feet, several rows into the right-field seats, with two outs in the fourth. He paused a moment to watch the ball, then began his trot.
“I tried to throw him inside,” Peavy said. “I made a bad pitch to him and he makes you pay.”
The Giants trailed 4-2 going into the fourth. Edgardo Alfonzo walked and pitcher Jesse Foppert singled with one out and scored on Ray Durham’s triple into the Giants’ bullpen in the right-field corner. First base umpire Jerry Layne at first called it a ground-rule double, but changed the call after talking it over with the rest of the crew.
Snow drove in the go-ahead run on a groundout to first. Marquis Grissom singled ahead of Bonds’ homer, which gave the Giants a 7-4 lead.
Grissom had three hits and three runs.
Foppert (5-7) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings, struck out six and walked three. Tim Worrell pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 23 chances.
Peavy (8-6), who had won his previous four starts, lasted only four innings, his shortest outing of the year. He allowed seven runs on nine hits, walked three and struck out one.
“It was a bad night,” Peavy said. “I couldn’t do what I needed to do. I couldn’t make the adjustments. It was a terrible night. I let six runs go to waste.”
Santiago left the game after jamming his left pinky finger into third base while sliding headfirst. Santiago dislocated the finger and popped it back into place himself. X-rays were negative. Santiago was on second base when Rich Aurilia hit a fly ball to left fielder White. Santiago tagged up and tried to advance, but was tagged out by Burroughs. … Both teams made moves before the game. The Padres activated INF Lou Merloni from the 15-day disabled list and put INF Keith Lockhart on the DL with a lower back strain. The Giants recalled rookie outfielder Tony Torcato, their first-round pick in the 1998 amateur draft, from Triple-A Fresno and optioned INF-OF Francisco Santos to Fresno. Torcato played in five games with the Giants last year. … Torcato struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. … Torcato’s name hadn’t yet been sewn on hisjersey.