Giants 8, Pirates 7
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ J.R. Phillips homered twice and drove in five runs, and Barry Bonds hit an eighth-inning RBI double as the San Francisco Giants, who blew a seven-run lead, defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Thursday.
Phillips hit a two-run homer, his seventh, in the second and hit a three-run homer in the third. Bonds also hit a two-run triple in the fourth.
The Pirates trailed 7-0 after six innings, but tied the game in the eighth on Orlando Merced’s RBI single that capped a three-run rally. Jeff King hit a grand slam in the seventh and Steve Pegues added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Rod Beck (5-5) got four outs for the win.
Jeffrey McCurry (0-3) hit John Patterson with a pitch, and Patterson scored the winning run when Bonds doubled off Jason Christiansen.
Phillips, a rookie who came into the game hitting .168, replaced the injured Mark Carreon at first base. He was hitless in his other three at-bats but went 4-for-10 with nine RBIs in the series.
The Giants won two of three against the Pirates, winning a series for the first time since June 30-July 2 at home against San Diego.
Bonds walked twice to increase his National League-leading total to 86. Bonds has walked 12 times in his last seven games.
Jamie Brewington, making his fourth major league start for the Giants, was working on a shutout until King’s 12th homer knocked him out. He allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Steve Parris lasted just three innings for Pittsburgh, allowing five runs on four hits and four walks. He was making his 11th major league start.
It was Jim Leyland’s 1,500th game as a manager, two with the Chicago White Sox in 1985 and the rest with Pittsburgh. He has a 759-741 record.
Notes: The only Pirates managers with more games than Leyland are Fred Clarke (2,391 games in 1900-15) and Danny Murtaugh (2,065 games in 1957-64, 1967, 1970-71, 1973-76). ... Brewington and Parris both had stints in Double A this season, Brewington at Shreveport and Parris at Carolina. ... Parris singled in his only at-bat, raising his average to .286 (6-for-21). ... Carreon missed his third straight game for the Giants with a strained right hamstring. ... King played the last four innings at shortstop, and has now played all four infield positions this year. ... In their previous 10 series, the Giants lost five and split five. ... Pittsburgh’s Mark Parent threw out Deion Sanders and Bonds trying to steal in the first, and has caught 11 of the last 12. ... King’s third career grand slam was the second by Pittsburgh this season _ the first was hit by pitcher Denny Neagle.