Aurilia: Two home runs, five RBI

PHOENIX (AP) -- Rich Aurilia drew a crowd at his locker after the game, the type of crowd usually reserved for Barry Bonds.

Bat boy Shawon Dunston Jr. congratulates Rich Aurilia after the bigger of the two hit one of his two home runs.
Bat boy Shawon Dunston Jr. congratulates Rich Aurilia after the bigger of the two hit one of his two home runs.

Aurilia lived the life of a slugger Saturday night, homering

twice and tying his career-high with five RBI as the Giants routed

the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third straight game, 11-4.

"I don't know where the home runs are coming from," Aurilia

said after hitting four in the past three games to reach 20 for the

third straight season -- a franchise record for a shortstop. Alvin

Dark is the only other Giants shortstop to hit 20 twice, getting 23

in 1953 and 20 in 1954.

"It's nice to get mentioned in the same sentence as the guys

you get mentioned with when it comes to something like that,"

Aurilia said. "I don't know where I'll end up, but it's nice to

hit 20 again."

Bonds went 2-for-3 with two walks and a triple after hitting three homers in the first two games of the series. He has matched Mark McGwire's record homer pace from 1998, hitting 45 in his team's first 105 games.

Aurilia hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning off Albie Lopez

(0-1), who was making his first National League start after being

acquired Wednesday from Tampa Bay. Aurilia keyed a six-run sixth

with a three-run blast off Greg Swindell.

It was the second straight night the Giants scored six times in

one inning.

"That's how it usually goes in baseball when a team scores more

runs in one inning than the other team does in the rest of the

game," manager Dusty Baker said. "One inning like that takes the

pressure off the pitcher and puts the pressure on them."

Marvin Benard had five hits and Armando Rios also homered for

the Giants, who won their fourth straight to remain 4½ games behind

Los Angeles in the NL West.

The Diamondbacks, who led the division for 62 days until their

9-5 loss to the Giants on Friday, dropped 1½ games behind the


"This Giants club is swinging the bats the way we swung the bats last weekend," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "And we haven't made many good pitches on them, and when we have they've hit those anyway."

Lopez held Bonds without a homer by walking him two of the three

times he faced him. But Bonds tripled and scored on one of Andres

Galarraga's two RBIs. Lopez allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3


"I was 1-0 and 2-0 behind a lot of hitters, and it showed,"

Lopez said. "When I got ahead in the count I got ground balls, but

it was just one of those nights. I couldn't get the first-pitch strike."

Russ Ortiz (12-6) won for the fourth time in his last five

starts, baffling everyone in Arizona's lineup except David


Dellucci drove in four runs with a single and three-run homer,

tying his career-high. Ortiz gave up four runs and eight hits in

six innings.

Aurilia's first homer sent San Francisco to a 4-1 lead in the

fifth. In the sixth, Ramon Martinez and Marvin Benard both had RBI

before Aurilia homered into the swimming pool in right center.

Galarraga added a run-scoring double before Bret Prinz, the

second Arizona reliever, got the third out.

"Since Galarraga got here, it seems like it's been contagious," Rios said. "Everybody is swinging the bats, and we're doing what I call a Giant thing, which is get hot at one point and then keep rolling the rest of the year."

Game notes
The Giants have hit 11 homers in first three games of the

series and lead the majors with 39 in July. The Dodgers are next

with 37. ... Starting with a walk in his last at-bat Thursday,

Bonds reached base nine consecutive times -- four hits and five

walks -- until Swindell struck him out in the sixth inning. ...

Aurilia has three career multihomer games. ... The first 15,000

fans got a Luis Gonzalez bobblehead doll, and the gimmick helped

attract a season-high crowd of 47,570 to Bank One Ballpark. ... Lopez is the third Diamondbacks pitcher who attended high school in the Phoenix area, joining Curt Schilling and Prinz. ... Giants 2B Jeff Kent strained his right hamstring tagging out Craig Counsell in the fifth and left the game.