Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/20)

Game 1: Friday, May 19
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Oakland1
Game 2: Saturday, May 20
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in 10
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Game 3: Sunday, May 21
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Oakland0

Giants 4

(22-21, 11-11 away)

Athletics 2

(22-20, 11-11 home)

4:05 PM ET, May 20, 2006

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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W: A. Benitez (3-0)

L: K. Calero (0-1)

Bonds reels in Babe, blasts home run No. 714

OAKLAND, Calif. (Ticker) -- Barry Bonds finally caught the Babe. But the San Francisco Giants needed that bat and glove of Pedro Feliz to beat the Oakland Athletics.

Bonds hit No. 714 in the first inning and Feliz made a fine defensive play to force extra innings and delivered a key hit in the 10th as the Giants posted a 4-2 victory over the Athletics.

A seven-time Most Valuable Player, Bonds sent a 1-1 pitch from Brad Halsey -- whom he was facing for the first time -- an estimated 390 feet deep into the seats in right-center field in his first at-bat. It was Bonds' 714th homer, tying the legendary Ruth for second place on the all-time list. Hank Aaron is the all-time leader with 755.

"It feels great. I can't say enough about it," Bonds said. "I got a whole lot off my chest. Maybe I'll relax and play better now."

Booed by fans at virtually every ballpark because of allegations of steroid use, the 41-year-old Bonds surprisingly received more cheers at McAfee Coliseum. After being greeted by his son, Nikolai, at home plate, Bonds came out of the dugout for a curtain call.

"It's a great atmosphere here in Oakland. It was a surprise," Bonds said. "It was great to do it in the Bay Area. I'm glad they supported it. The fans in the Bay Area are great."

In his three other plate appearances, Bonds struck out, flied out and was intentionally walked twice.

Behind the shot by Bonds, a homer by Mike Matheny and eight strong innings from Jason Schmidt, San Francisco took a 2-1 lead into the ninth only to have Oakland tie it on a single by Jay Payton. But that's when Feliz took over.

With runners on the corners and one out, Feliz made a lunging catch of a liner from Jason Kendall and ran to third base to double off Bobby Crosby and force extra innings.

After Omar Vizquel drew a walk off Kiko Calero (0-1) in the 10th, Feliz singled to left-center field and Vizquel hustled around to third base with Feliz advancing to second on the throw. Calero then intentionally walked Bonds before Ray Durham sent Steve Karsay's first pitch into right field to score Vizquel. Steve Finley then lined out hard to right field, plating Feliz with an insurance run.

Armando Benitez (3-0) worked around two walks in the bottom of the frame to close out the Athletics, who had won five straight.

Matheny snapped a 1-1 tie when he hit the first pitch of the seventh inning off Halsey over the left field fence for his third homer of the season and Schmidt took the lead into the ninth. But the righthander walked Eric Chavez in a nine-pitch at-bat before retiring Frank Thomas on a popout.

Giants manager Felipe Alou came out to the mound and closer Benitez started to leave the bullpen, but Alou decided to stick with his ace, who was nearing 130 pitches.

Bobby Crosby reached when left fielder Jason Ellison, attempting to make a diving catch off a bloop, had the ball fall out of his glove when his glove hit the ground. Alou then went to Benitez, who allowed a ground single to Payton that plated Chavez with the the tying run.

Schmidt allowed two runs and seven hits in 8 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Halsey, making his fourth start in place of injured ace Rich Harden, yielded just the two home runs and six hits in a season-high 6 1/3 frames.

Oakland's Nick Swisher, who had reached base safely by hit or walk in 36 straight games, went 0-for-5.

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