Giants 5, Marlins 0
MIAMI (AP)—For the San Francisco Giants, it was better luck this time in Miami.
Wrapping up their first visit to South Florida since being eliminated in the playoffs last October, the Giants took the finale of the three-game series.
San Francisco remained one game behind NL wild-card leader Chicago. The defending World Series champion Marlins fell seven back and show no sign of mounting another late-season surge.
Tomko (7-6) made sure the crowd of 29,638 had little to cheer about. He threw his first complete game this season, allowing four singles and one walk while striking out four. Tomko improved to 5-0 in seven starts against the Marlins.
Ray Durham hit a two-run homer to give Tomko all the runs he needed.
Barry Bonds failed to hit the ball out of the infield and went 0-for-4 with a walk, dropping his batting average to .362, still best in the National League. Since hitting a homer off Brad Penny in April, Bonds is 0-for-10 against the Marlins with 15 walks.
Josh Beckett (5-8) lasted just 5 1-3 innings and departed trailing 4-0.
Beckett retired the first eight batters, then walked Tomko. Durham followed with his 14th home run to put the Giants ahead 2-0.
Cruz singled home a run in the eighth off Billy Koch.
The Marlins retired Bonds on one pitch in the second when third baseman Mike Lowell made a running catch as he started down the steps of the Giants’ dugout. Bonds struck out for only the 26th time to end the seventh.
The Giants conclude their trip this weekend against NL East leader Atlanta. San Francisco’s rotation is scheduled to get a boost Saturday with the return of ace Jason Schmidt, sidelined since Aug. 17 by a strained groin.
San Francisco won the season series (4-2). … J.T. Snow was 0-for-9 against Beckett before he singled in the fifth. … Bonds is 2-for-12 this season against Florida with 16 walks in seven games. … Pierzynski twice sent bats sailing into the stands when he swung and missed.