It was a welcome victory for a club accustomed to bad luck. Before the game, they learned Eric Gagne was done for the year with back surgery, set for today. Jeff Kent was again a on the bench with a sore oblique, and Kenny Lofton's sore hamstring allowed him to play just a single inning.
Manager Grady Little told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, "When you're managing the Dodgers, "you'd better have a lot of White-Out."
Rookie starter Chad Billingsley remained winless, leaving in the sixth inning having allowed four runs, walking four and giving up the three-run show to Bonds, who will be 42 later this month, just about twice Billingsley's 21.
He also served up a home run to Ray Durham as Los Angeles scored in five different innings. They trailed 1-0 after the first half-inning. Then scored three to take the lead before he Giants went up 5-4.
L.A. tied in the fifth and took a one-run margin in the sixth before the Giants tied in the seventh. A three-run eighth put them up 9-6 before a seventh inning rally closed the gap to 9-7.
It was much like watching and indoor football game with the team that had the ball last winning.
White-hot rookie Andre Ethier and newly minted third baseman Cesar Izturis each added three hits. J.D. Drew, who is hitting .471 during the homestand, and Russell Martin had two each.
Ethier tops Drew's average, crafting a 10-for-19 (.536) on the homestand with nine RBI, and either could be accused of leading the team except for the fact that Garciaparra boosted his hitting streak to 19 games and is hitting .558 after the sixth inning.
Billingsley, his ERA about three runs higher than he is used to at 5.27, was hurt by two pitches that resulted in four runs -- homers by Bonds and Durham.
Bonds shot gave the Giants a 5-4 lead in the third. It was Bonds' 12th homer of the season, and he is now 35 shy of tying Hank Aaron for the all-time record.
Giovanni Carrara, took over with one-out and the bases loaded in the sixth and retired the Giants efficiently on four pitches -- fanning Eliezer Alfonzo on three pitches, and then S.F. pitcher Matt Morris line out to center.
Garciaparra stayed alive long enough against Giants reliever Jeremy Accardo to finally smash the two-run home that broke the 6-6 tie. Cesar Izturis added an RBI single later in the inning to give the Dodgers a 9-6 cushion.
Singles by Ethier and Izturis sandwiched with a walk in between to Ramon Martinez, added the ninth run.
"Sammy" Saito, now the full-blown (bad choice of words) owner of the closer's job, gave up a walk and a single in the ninth, allowing but a single run on a sacrifice fly and earning the important save.
The Dodgers moved to 45-41 and back into second place after the Padres won and Colorado lost. Derek Lowe (7-4, 3.49 ERA) will oppose Noah Lowry (3-5, 3.88 ERA) today in the third-game of the four-game series.
Score by innings San Francisco 113 000 101-7 Los Angeles 310 011 03x-9 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Furcal, SS 3 1 2 0 .264 Lofton, CF 0 0 0 0 .296 Kemp, CF 4 1 0 1 .286 Garciaparra, 1B 5 2 2 3 .359 Drew, RF 5 2 2 0 .293 Ethier, LF 5 1 3 1 .352 Martinez, 2B 2 0 1 2 .325 Izturis, 3B 5 0 3 1 .279 Martin, C 3 2 2 0 .290 Billingsley, P 2 0 0 0 .250 Carrara, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Cruz, PH 0 0 0 0 .243 Broxton, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Saenz, PH 1 0 0 0 .295 Baez, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Saito, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 35 9 15 8 Giants 33 7 9 7 Error- Martin, Kemp. 2B- Drew 2 (16), Martinez (6), Martin (11). 3B- Martin (3). HR- Garciaparra (11). RBI- Garciaparra 3 (53), Martinez 2 (20), Kemp (21), Ethier (31), Izturis (6). S- Lofton; Furcal. LOB- San Francisco 8, Los Angeles 10. SB- Furcal 2 (21), Ethier (2). Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Billingsley 5.1 6 5-4 4 5 5.27 Carrara 0.2 0 0-0 0 1 1.93 Broxton 1.0 2 1-1 1 0 2.80 Baez (W, 5-4) 1.0 0 0-0 1 0 3.95 Saito (S, 7) 1.0 1 1-1 1 2 2.20 WP- Billingsley. T- 3:11. Att- 53,991.Dodger Blue Notes-- First baseman Nomar Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single in the first inning, while right fielder J.D. Drew extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double, also in the first inning. ... Jeff Kent convinced the Dodges he should be in the lineup, then changed his mind after batting practice when his strained oblique muscle again kicked in. Ramon Martinez again took over at second base. Kent has played in about half the Dodger games, 64 of the 86, including is a 15-day stint on the disabled list with a sprained left wrist. …Garciaparra's longest hitting streak in the big leagues was 30 games, in 1997 with Boston. He is only the second player in history to make an All-Star roster as a shortstop and a first baseman. The other was Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. ... The only players to represent the Dodgers and Giants in an All-Star game are Kent and C Tom Haller. …Little pulled a surprise when he announced his his rotation for the four-game series in St. Louis after the All-Star break -- winless rookie Chad Billingsley, followed by Derek Lowe, Mark Hendrickson and Brad Penny. Aaron Sele will pitch the first game of the Arizona series.