"We tried to pitch around (Bonds) today and still, look what he does," Yost said. "We just wanted to try to get Alfonzo to hit into a double play or something."
was brought in to face Snow, who hit a line drive that shortstop
leaped to catch, but the ball popped out of the top of his glove. Clayton tried to snag the ball on his way down but failed, allowing two runs to score.
"I can't really tell you what happened," Clayton said. "I just jumped for it. When you reach across your body, you can't really see (the ball) much. I felt it in my glove and then it popped out. It's just one of those weird things. I thought I definitely had it. It just popped out."
"I got jammed and he dropped it," Snow said. "That's just baseball. You have to stick with it and keep playing. Sometimes those things go your way."
Yost thought Clayton made a strong effort on the ball.
"It hit right at the end of his glove," the manager said. "It was a tremendous play just to get up that high. He knocked it up and on the way down, he still almost caught it. That would have been a fantastic play."
Snow finished 3-for-4 with four RBI. His two-run single in the third inning was his 1,200th career hit and gave the Giants a 3-1 lead.
got Milwaukee within 3-2 with an RBI single in the fourth but Bonds' second home run of the season - the 615th of his career - restored San Francisco's two-run lead.
The Brewers took the lead with three solo homers in the sixth.
's leadoff shot pulled the Brewers within 4-3. One out later,
and Helms belted consecutive homers to put Milwaukee ahead.
(1-0) tossed a scoreless seventh to earn the win and
struck out two in the ninth for his third save.
The Giants have won their first four games for the second straight season. They won their first six games last season, which was their best start since the franchise moved from New York following the 1957 season.
Milwaukee, which had a three-game winning streak in home openers stopped, has lost its first four games for the second time in three years.
The Brewers had a chance to rally in the ninth. Pinch hitter
singled to center with one out, but Clayton had a strange at-bat that resulted in the inning's second out. He hit a dribbler down that hit the third base bag and was called fair. However, Alou argued that Clayton hit the ball twice and the umpires agreed.
"I didn't think they saw it," Clayton said. "It could have been a good momentum swing. It was the right call. We just aren't getting the breaks right now."
Clayton went back to home plate and fouled out. Pinch hitter
struck out swinging to end the game.
"I saw the ball hit the bat twice," Yost said. "I was hoping we'd slip by and they wouldn't see it. Everyone was excited, but I'm not really sure if the momentum shifted. But it halted us. That was the end of the threat."
, who was moved up one day in the rotation, was having a strong outing until giving up the three homers in the sixth. He allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"It was bad location; I was hanging pitches," said Jensen, who struck out three and walked none. "I felt great going into that inning. Three pitches to those hitters - two hanging sliders and a hanging curveball - that was rough."
was wild in his start for the Brewers. He permitted four runs and eight hits, struck out five, walked four, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch in six innings.
"I didn't do a good job of keeping them off base," Ritchie said. "I'm already looking back and saying, `What could I have done to make it easier for the bullpen?'"