Cardinals stop Bonds but not teammates

Sunday, July 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:56 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Barry Bonds got to celebrate on his 40th birthday, even if the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn’t allow him to contribute.

A day after Bonds hit a three-run, seventh-inning home run in the Giants’ victory against St. Louis, he drew his major league-leading 79th intentional walk at a key spot in San Francisco’s 5-3, 10-inning win.

Bonds declined to discuss any thoughts, saying “not today” when reporters asked after the game if he was willing to talk.

“A game on his birthday is like any other game for him,” manager Felipe Alou said. “The other team is so busy worrying about him, thinking about when will he bat next and what will the situation be. He’s a factor no matter what day it is.”

Chris Carpenter, left in to pitch against J.T. Snow, a left-handed hitter, after the walk to Bonds, got an inning-ending strikeout in the eighth that preserved a tie.

The Giants went ahead for good in the 10th on Edgar Alfonzo’s two-run home run off Ray King (3-1) and sent the Cardinals to their first extra-inning loss in seven games. Alfonzo twice failed to get a bunt down earlier in the count, and he ended up with his seventh home run.

If Alfonzo had been successful in his sacrifice attempt, manager Tony La Russa said Bonds would have seen his second intentional walk. Alfonzo did not play Friday because of food poisoning.

“The bunt sign was on for the first pitch, and I was on my own on the second pitch,” Alfonzo said. “He threw me a hanging slider that didn’t slide. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular.”

San Francisco has won the first two games of the three-game series. The Cardinals have lost two straight for the first time since they were swept in a three-game series at Pittsburgh on June 28-30. St. Louis had won 15-of-17 coming into the series.

“See what happens tomorrow,” starting pitcher Chris Carpenter said. “We’ve got a good team. We’ll be fine.”

The Giants’ supporting cast has played a big role in the two games. Dustin Hermanson carried a no-hit bid into the seventh Friday.

“Everybody pays so much attention to Barry that we fly under the radar,” Snow said. “We’re a bunch of what you might call workman-like players, and that’s fine with us.”

Felix Rodriguez (3-4) got the last out in the ninth, and Jason Christiansen got the last out in the 10th for his second save .

Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz had put the Giants ahead 3-2 with a two-out infield hit in the ninth off the glove of second baseman Tony Womack. An RBI double by pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson off Jim Brower in the bottom half retied it, though an outstanding defensive play by first baseman J.T. Snow helped keep the game tied.

Snow, charging hard, fielded Hector Luna’s sacrifice attempt and threw out Anderson at third for the first out.

“With another first baseman, that’s a good play,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “But with a guy like Snow you’ve got to bunt the ball to third.”

Jim Edmonds hit a home run for the second time in three games for St. Louis, and Marquis Grissom also hit a home run for the Giants, who have won seven of their past eight against the Cardinals.

Bonds, who has 25 home runs and 141 walks, went 1-for-4 and leads the major leagues with a .362 average.

In 17 games on his birthday, Bonds is a .385 hitter (20-for-52) with two home runs and 13 RBIs. Last year, in a victory against the Diamondbacks, he threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth, then hit a winning home run in the bottom of the ninth.

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