Tucker moves to leadoff, gets three hits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds lined a single to right in the
eighth and surprisingly became the final San Francisco starter to
record a hit.

It had to be a positive sign for the slugger that maybe he does
have some help.

Michael Tucker moved into the leadoff spot and homered among his
three hits and drove in two runs in the Giants' 10-7 victory over
the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

"It felt great," Tucker said. "It didn't work out the first
inning as planned but the rest of my at-bats were pretty good.
We've been close to coming together with the bats."

San Francisco snapped a string of three straight series losses,
winning for just the fourth time in 14 games.

Bonds went 1-for-3 with two intentional walks. His teammates
finally produced around the six-time NL MVP.

San Francisco scored nine runs in the fourth, seven of those
against former Giants pitcher Russ Ortiz (2-3). Pedro Feliz singled
twice, scored twice and drove in a run in the inning and the Giants
sent 14 batters to the plate.

"I got ahead of every single one of their hitters, but the
pitch I wanted to make to put them away was right over the plate,"
Ortiz said. "I was one pitch away from finishing them off."

Atlanta first baseman Mike Hessman's throwing error in the
inning snapped a 95-inning errorless streak by the Braves, who
hadn't committed one since April 16.

J.T. Snow and Neifi Perez each hit two-run singles in the
inning, the Giants' most productive since scoring 10 runs in the
second at Houston on Sept. 24 last year.

"It's something we always think we can do," Feliz said. "It
doesn't happen every day, but it's a good sign for the team."

On Tuesday night, the Giants were on the other end of a big
inning -- Atlanta scored seven runs in the ninth inning of its 12-3

Tucker batted leadoff in place of Ray Durham, who went on the
15-day disabled list earlier Wednesday with a strained left
patellar tendon in his knee.

Tucker, in the first spot mainly because he was 5-for-10 against
Ortiz entering the game, connected for his first homer of the
season off Antonio Alfonseca to lead off the sixth.

"I plan on batting him leadoff tomorrow," manager Felipe Alou

Brett Tomko (1-1) pitched six-plus innings to earn his first win
since joining the Giants in the offseason. San Francisco's top
three starters of Tomko, ace Jason Schmidt and Kirk Rueter have
just two wins between them.

Tomko gave up six runs, but got enough run support. He struck
out three and walked two.

"It's nice," Tomko said. "It wasn't the prettiest thing in
the world but I felt good at times."

Mark DeRosa had three hits and drove in three runs for the
Braves, swept here in three games last season. Ortiz allowed seven
earned runs on eight hits in 3 1-3 innings, walked three and struck
out two.

San Francisco begins a four-game series against the World Series
champion Florida Marlins on Thursday, a rematch of last year's NL
division series.

Bonds, who has walked 34 times, headed out to batting practice
carrying a camera with a large lens around his neck. He turned his
hat backward and snapped shots of his teammates warming up.

"I have to entertain myself," he said.

Bonds is third on the career home run list with 667. He was
intentionally walked in the first and fourth, struck out looking in
the third, grounded out in the fifth and singled in the eighth.

"We had a good idea how to get him out -- either make him hit it
on the ground or have him swing at your pitch," Ortiz said. "I
don't think we made any mistakes against him."

The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the second on Johnny Estrada's
two-run double.

Game notes
The Giants hit into their major league-leading 32nd double
play in the first. ... Bonds was intentionally walked for the 500th
time in his career in the fourth. Second on the all-time
intentional walks list is Hank Aaron with 293. ... The Giants'
eight hits in the fourth were their most in an inning since also
getting eight in the fourth inning against Oakland on June 28,
2003. Feliz was the first Giant to have two hits in an inning since
Edgardo Alfonzo and Jose Cruz Jr. both did it in the game at
Houston last year. ... The Braves hit 14 doubles in the series. ...
RHP Tyler Walker made his San Francisco debut, getting a strikeout
in two-thirds of an inning. His contract was purchased from
Triple-A Fresno before the game.