Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 4/17)

Game 1: Friday, April 16
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San Francisco2
Game 2: Saturday, April 17
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Game 3: Sunday, April 18
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Dodgers 5

(8-3, 4-1 away)

Giants 4

(5-6, 2-3 home)

    4:05 PM ET, April 17, 2004

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: J. Lima (2-0)

    L: K. Rueter (0-1)

    S: E. Gagne (4)

    Bonds hits solo shot of Dreifort

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds was on deck when Eric Gagne got Marquis Grissom to ground into a game-ending double play.

    What would have happened if Bonds got another chance against Gagne?

    "I wasn't looking forward to it," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy after Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Saturday. "I've seen enough of Bonds in any kind of matchup. He's just a remarkable player and that's all there is to it."

    Bonds hit his 663rd career homer and fifth this season, a solo shot off Darren Dreifort in the eighth. A night earlier, Bonds hit a two-run homer against Gagne in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss.

    "I never want to face Barry in that situation," Gagne said. "He's the greatest. I was looking for a double play. That's why I threw two changeups in a row so maybe he would rollover and it happened."

    Milton Bradley homered and drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who won their fourth straight despite a shaky ninth inning from Gagne. The closer gave up two home runs last year -- to Todd Helton and Vladmir Guerrero -- and six in 2002.

    Paul Lo Duca and Jose Hernandez each had four hits, and Jose Lima made a successful first start for Los Angeles.

    Lima (2-0) beat the Giants for the first time in five starts dating to 1999, allowing two runs and six hits in five innings. Two of his three walks were to Bonds.

    "I wasn't going to pitch to Bonds no matter what," Lima said. "But look where I am now. In spring training I was on the outside looking in and now I got another start in the National League. We can get out the broom tomorrow and go home with a sweep."

    Lima joined the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee after going 8-3 in 14 starts with Kansas last year. He has made three relief appearances for Los Angeles.

    "If it's up to me, I stay in the rotation," Lima said. "But if they want me to be the bat boy, I'll be the bat boy. At least I have my confidence back."

    Wilson Alvarez pitched two scoreless innings before Dreifort relieved and allowed the homer to Bonds, which pulled San Francisco to 4-3. Dreifort walked Edgardo Alfonzo, and A.J. Pierzynski reached on Cesar Izturis' fielding error before Guillermo Mota came on to strike out pinch-hitter Ray Durham.

    "It seems like there's never a game in this park where it doesn't come down to a situation we faced in the eighth and ninth," Tracy said. "There was a lot of drama in the game and we got a lot of big hits."

    Adrian Beltre restored the lead to two runs with an RBI single in the ninth off Matt Herges.

    That was important, because Gagne allowed a leadoff homer to Pedro Feliz in the bottom half, then walked Jeffrey Hammonds and J.T. Snow around Neifi Perez's sacrifice.

    "It was a situation we wanted to be in, with the tying run at second," Snow said. "We've only played 11 games but it seems like 60. We've played a lot of close games and it might have to be that way the rest of the season."

    Gagne got his fourth save, his 67th straight since August 2002, when he induced Grissom into the game-ending double play.

    "We haven't seen the same stuff we saw last year of Gagne," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "This is the time you have to get to him because if you see him in a week, he's not going to be throwing like that."

    Grissom and A.J. Pierzynski each had two hits for the Giants, who lost their third straight.

    Kirk Rueter (0-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, taking a 2-0 lead into the sixth before giving up Bradley's two-run homer.

    "I made a bad pitch to Bradley and he hit it out," said Rueter. "There are no excuses."

    Juan Encarnacion then walked, Hernandez singled and Jim Brower relieved. Cesar Izturis' single put the Dodgers ahead 3-2. Pinch-hitter Robin Ventura added an RBI single in the eighth.

    Grissom gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the third with an RBI double, just the second time this season San Francisco scored first. Cody Ransom hit into a run-scoring double play.

    Game notes

    The Dodgers are looking for their first three-game sweep in San Francisco since Aug. 11-13, 2001. Los Angeles won just two of 10 games in San Francisco last year. ... Lo Duca has hit safely in all 11 games this year, including six multihit games. ... Giants 2B Ray Durham missed his third straight game because of a mild left quadriceps strain. ... Dodgers OF Shawn Green returned to the lineup after missing a game because of tightness in his right groin. ... Saturday was the third anniversary of Bonds' 500th homer, hit off the Dodgers' Terry Adams. ... Dodgers 2B Alex Cora left the game in the fifth with soreness in the back of his right elbow. ... LA's Dave Roberts his ninth base.

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