Expos 6, Giants 2, 1st game; Giants 14, Expos 4, 2nd game
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Dustan Mohr wanted to crawl in a hole after his baserunning blunder cost the San Francisco Giants a shot at a comeback in the first game of their doubleheader with the Montreal Expos.
He got another chance in the nightcap, and made the most of it.
Barry Bonds homered for the third time in two days, and Mohr also connected to help lead the Giants to a 14-4 rout of the Expos in the second game and finish with a split Wednesday.
The Giants had their six-game winning streak snapped in the opener.
Bonds’ pinch-hit popup in the eighth turned into a bizarre double play because of Mohr’s mental mistake. The Giants trailed 3-2 when Mohr and Deivi Cruz singled. That brought up Bonds, the NL’s leading hitter, causing the crowd to go crazy.
But Bonds, who didn’t start the first game after homering twice Tuesday night, couldn’t deliver with one out. He hit a foul pop that Tony Batista caught, and the Montreal third baseman wound up with a double play when Mohr got caught up watching the play, wandered off second base and was easily thrown out.
Manager Felipe Alou vowed to discuss smart baserunning with his team.
“I take full responsibility for the loss in the first game,” Mohr said. “I think people thought I thought it was two outs. That wasn’t the case. I got caught up watching the play and drifted off the base. It was a mental error. I felt really bad about that. I guess I just have to apologize to my teammates.”
They will certainly accept his sorries after seeing the shot he sent deep into the left-field bleachers in the seventh inning of the nightcap—the longest homer Alou has seen to left in this ballpark.
Mohr, batting in Bonds’ spot after the slugger left the game to rest, connected with two outs in the seventh. The two-run shot was estimated at 451 feet and gave him seven homers.
“I don’t know if hitting a home run in an 11-2 game is redeeming yourself, but it took some of the edge off the fans in left field who were letting me know how they felt,” Mohr said.
Bonds hit a solo shot off Francis Beltran in the fifth inning of the nightcap for his 34th homer and No. 692 of his career.
Beltran became the 409th pitcher to give up a homer to the 40-year-old slugger, who drew two intentional walks before sending the first pitch he saw over the wall in right. The six-time NL MVP has 174 walks this year, 92 intentional.
Wayne Franklin (2-0) gave the Giants an impressive spot start, pitching six strong innings and getting his first career two-RBI game. After Batista’s RBI single in the first, Franklin retired 12 of the next 13 Expos batters, including eight in a row in one stretch.
The left-hander, activated from the disabled list after the Giants’ 6-2 loss in the first game, allowed one run on three hits, struck out four and walked one in his first start this year. Franklin was winless in his last five starts for the Brewers in 2003. This was his first win as a starter since last Aug. 27 at Cincinnati.
He drove in a run when he walked with the bases loaded in San Francisco’s six-run third against T.J. Tucker (3-2), and later scored. He added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Franklin had this date circled on his calendar for a while.
“This morning, I was a wreck. I just wanted to get here,” Franklin said. “I couldn’t wait to get back out there.”
He threw 95 pitches, about 15 more than Alou had expected from him.
“I was afraid he’d pull me after 75, but I would have said, ‘No way!”’
Marquis Grissom drove in three runs and had three hits as San Francisco maintained a narrow lead in the NL wild-card race.
Cruz added a two-run single and J.T. Snow had four hits on the day to extend his career-high hitting streak to 13 games.
Jose Vidro homered and drove in three runs in the opener and converted reliever Rocky Biddle (4-6) earned the victory as a starter. Vidro’s two-run homer was his 13th of the season and 100th of his career. He got the ball after a fan threw it back on the field.
The Expos held a players-only meeting before the game, apparently to discuss why they didn’t get to bat last as the home team in one of the games. The doubleheader was caused because of a rainout in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 23, costing the Expos a home game.
“Long day,” manager Frank Robinson said. Once reminded his team did win one, he responded with: “Wasn’t that yesterday?”
Snow had three hits in the first game, including an RBI triple.
Brad Hennessey (1-2), making third major league start, allowed three earned runs on six hits in six innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Fresno after the game when the Giants activated Franklin.
It was the Expos’ second doubleheader this year. They swept the Royals in Kansas City on June 10. The Giants played a traditional doubleheader for the first time since sweeping Chicago on Aug. 25, 1999, at Wrigley Field. … Franklin had been sidelined since July 29 with a lower back strain. He was the Giants’ 10th starting pitcher this year. … Beltran got his first major league hit in the second game.