"The bunt sign was on for the first pitch, and I was on my own on the second pitch," Alfonzo said. "He threw me a hanging slider that didn't slide. I wasn't looking for anything in particular.''
Felix Rodriguez (3-4) pitched well in relief to get the win, pitching one inning and allowing only one hit. Jason Christiansen relieved FRod in the bottom of the 10th to retire Jim Edmonds on a game-ending strikeout to pick up his second save.
The game could have ended in regulation, but great defense extended the game and gave the Giants another chance in the extra inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson tied the game at 3-3 by doubling home Jim Edmonds. The next batter, Hector Luna, tried to bunt Anderson over to third, but JT Snow charged the ball and quickly fired to third base to get the first out of the inning.
"With another first baseman that's a good play,'' Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "But with a guy like Snow you've got to bunt the ball to third.''
The Giants got the scoring started in the top of the second inning on a double-play grounder by Yorvit Torrealba that scored Snow. That essentially killed a rally that could have netted more than just the one run, but the Giants obviously have not shaken off their "GIDP" woes.
The Cards answered in the bottom of the second inning on an Edmonds' homerun to center. St. Louis took the lead in the bottom of the sixth on an infield single by Scott Rolen that scored Roger Cedeno.
Marquis Grissom tied the game in the top of the seventh with a homerun of his own, his 15th of the season.
A day after ex-Cardinal Dustin Hermanson stymied the high-octane Cardinals offense, ex-Redbird and Giants starter Brett Tomko followed suit, going eight strong innings, allowing only two runs. He moved his fastball well and matched Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter pitch-for-pitch.
"See what happens tomorrow,'' Carpenter said. "We've got a good team. We'll be fine.'' The Giants hope a sweep "happens" tomorrow as they try to take the rubber game of the three-game series with the Cards, who won 15 of 17 before taking on the Giants.
Notes: Fonzie made a controversial play in the bottom of the sixth to retire a speedy Reggie Sanders. Replays showed that Sanders beat the throw, but the play stood...Manager Felipe Alou made a questionable move in the top of the ninth when he called back pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski in favor of another pinch-hitter in Pedro Feliz. The move left the Giants with no backup catcher and with the game tied at 2-2; one would have to prepare for extra innings. The move paid off as Feliz hit a grounder to second that scored the go-ahead run.
SFDugout.com player of the game: Edgardo Alfonzo and his "Big Mac-like" blast into the left field stands to win the game for the Giants. Honorable mention: Birthday boy Barry Bonds who has graced us with his presence on the Earth for 40 years. Happy Birthday #25!
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