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Padres snap Giants' six-game win streak

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds wasted no time getting to 701.

The San Francisco slugger added another home run to his
impressive total a day after hitting career homer No. 700, but
David Wells shut down the rest of the Giants into the eighth inning
and Jay Payton hit a tiebreaking three-run shot in the seventh to
lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-1 victory Saturday.

"If you want to make a name for yourself, you've got to
challenge the best, go after him," Wells said. "Unless it comes
from the dugout, I'm not going to walk anybody."

A tribute to Bonds was played on the main center-field
scoreboard before the game, and he received a long ovation when he
jogged out to take his position in left field and again when he
stepped into the batter's box.

He gave the crowd more to cheer about when he led off the second
inning with a solo homer to right-center on the first pitch he saw
from Wells (12-7), the 43rd homer of the season for the six-time NL
MVP.

With the latest home run, the 40-year-old Bonds moved into a tie
with Ted Williams for 11th place on the all-time RBI list with
1,839. He also took over seventh place on the career list for total
bases from Carl Yastrzemski with 5,540 -- he began the year in 10th
place, also passing Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray.

Bonds joined Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in the 700
club Friday night with a third-inning solo homer off the Padres'
Jake Peavy.

On Saturday, Bonds also struck out in the fourth, grounded out
in the seventh and struck out in the ninth -- he hadn't struck out
twice since July 15 at Colorado and has fanned just 36 times this
season.

The homer, which came on a hanging cutter, was about the only
mistake Wells made.

"The difference was Wells," Giants manager Felipe Alou said.
"He dominated our guys. Except for Barry's homer, it was a breeze
for him."

Payton's big hit against Giants ace Jason Schmidt (16-7) also
made a difference -- the ball even sailed over Bonds' head in
left-center. Payton is 8-for-18 with two homers lifetime against
Schmidt.

The other homer off Schmidt came July 22 this year and also was
a three-run shot.

"Fortunately for us, this year we've done well against him,"
Payton said. "It's big. We have to come back every day. There's
not much tomorrow for us."

The Giants lost for only the fifth time in 15 September games
and had their six-game winning streak snapped. They still have a
half-game lead over the Cubs in the NL wild-card race because
Chicago lost to Cincinnati 6-5.

Wells beat the Giants for the second time in five starts against
San Francisco this season. He left after 7 1-3 innings with two
runners on -- having struck out five and not walked a batter. He
allowed five hits.

"I tell you what, you can't have a better guy out there,"
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

Akinori Otsuka relieved and got Deivi Cruz to ground into an
inning-ending double play. Trevor Hoffman got the final out with a
runner on first and second for his 39th save in 43 chances, passing
Dennis Eckersley for third place on the career saves list with 391.

Schmidt looked strong early, but couldn't maintain it.

The All-Star right-hander had his start moved back a day so he
could pitch against both the Padres twice in the final weeks.
Schmidt also will be available to start the last game of the season
if necessary.

He retired the first nine San Diego batters, striking out the
side in the second. He didn't allow a hit until Ramon Vazquez
doubled to right leading off the fourth.

Schmidt, who has only one win in his last six starts, gave up
five runs on six hits, struck out eight and walked three in 7 2-3
innings. Three of his seven losses this year have been to the
Padres -- also on April 21 and July 22, which ended a 12-game
winning streak.

Schmidt committed a two-base throwing error when he tried to
pick off Ryan Klesko at first in the seventh inning. His wild throw
went off the railing along the first-base line and rolled to the
bullpen mound, allowing Klesko to get to third.

Schmidt then plunked Ramon Hernandez and Payton followed with
his eighth homer of the year.

"I was going for the double play to get out of the inning. I
left a slider up and he hit it," Schmidt said. "It happened all
so fast, but I wasn't as sharp then as I was earlier in the game.
Plus, (Wells) just dominated us."

Klesko doubled in the fourth, giving him a hit in 15 of his 17
games in September. Payton also added two singles, and his three
hits were the most he's had in one game since going 4-for-5 on May
25 at Colorado.

Game notes
The Padres activated RHP reliever Jay Witasick from the
15-day disabled list before the game. Witasick had been sidelined
for a month with a left side strain. ... Schmidt is 9-6 in 19
career starts vs. San Diego. ... Schmidt has 232 strikeouts this
season, the fifth highest total in San Francisco history and 16th
highest in franchise history.