SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -
will cherish his game-ending hit against the rival Dodgers.
Rowand hit an RBI single through a drawn-in infield, and San Francisco scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat
Los Angeles 3-2 on Saturday night in front of surprise guest
''Any time you get an opportunity to have a walkoff, game-winning hit, those are some of the most exciting moments in your
career, stuff that you don't forget,'' said Rowand, who signed with the Giants in the offseason after spending his first seven
seasons in the majors with the
''I'm sure most every player remembers every single one of their walkoff hits. It was special, obviously, being here and playing
them,'' he added.
Rowand's game-winning hit capped an emotional day for San Francisco, which welcomed Bonds back to AT&T Park for the first
time this season.
homered leading off the 10th to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, San Francisco rallied against Los Angeles reliever
hit a leadoff double then took third on
's bloop single to left. Emmanuel Burris followed with a high chopper that Broxton fielded near the mound and tried to throw
home, but the ball skipped past catcher
allowing Roberts to score the tying run while Winn raced to third.
to load the bases then struck out
before Rowand lined a single past a diving Kent at second base to end it.
''We're not a power-hitting club and we've got to execute,'' San Francisco manager
said. ''We've got to do little things but still you need the hits to win ballgames. That's the brand of ball we've got to
San Francisco's comeback got reliever
off the hook. Walker (4-6) allowed the home run to Kent, but his teammates bailed him out.
''That's what being part of a team's all about,'' Walker said. ''It's a bit of a roller coaster of emotions for me just thinking
about sitting behind the eight ball there and then just to see our guys battle out there off Broxton, it's just huge.''
Kent's home run was the 376th of his career, tying him with
for 62nd on the career list.
Bonds, who tops that list, made an appearance during a pregame ceremony celebrating the Giants' 50th anniversary in San Francisco.
Baseball's career home run king jogged in from behind the wall in left field to meet his godfather
coming in from center, then the two men walked slowly together to the edge of the infield behind second base flanked by more
than two dozen former Giant players as the sellout crowd chanted, ''Barry, Barry.''
After Mays spoke to the crowd, Bonds walked to a podium behind the pitcher's mound as the crowd chanted his name again while
several members of the
Los Angeles Dodgers
stood along the rail in front of their dugout applauding.
Bonds spoke briefly, telling the crowd ''I'm not retired,'' then later took in two innings of the game from a front-row seat
next to Giants owner Peter Magowan.
On his way out of the stands Bonds paused briefly to shake hands and chat with a few fans before leaving. It was his first
appearance at AT&T Park since becoming a free agent after last season.
The Dodgers missed a chance to move into first place in the NL West as Arizona lost to Atlanta earlier. Los Angeles remains
a half-game behind the Diamondbacks.
''You have to (bounce back),'' Dodgers manager
said. ''If you expect to do something special and play in October, you just move on.''
Los Angeles starter
pitched eight strong innings but left with a no decision. He gave up San Francisco's first run in the sixth, scattering eight
hits with four strikeouts while getting a big assist from center fielder
Kemp twice threw out San Francisco's
on the bases, once in the fifth when Vizquel tried to score from third on a fly out and again in the seventh when the Giants'
shortstop tried to stretch a single into a double.
Kuroda carried a shutout into the sixth but ran into trouble when Roberts hit a leadoff double and moved to third on a groundout.
Roberts later scored on a sacrifice fly by
Kuroda had an RBI-single in the second to drive in
with Los Angeles' first run.
San Francisco starter
gave up one run and six hits in five innings.
Notes: The Dodgers have won 18 of their last 23 games at AT&T Park, the best road record by any major league team within its
own division since 2006. ... Roberts went 3-for-3 for San Francisco after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
... It was Rowand's fourth game-winng hit of his career.