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Updated: Saturday, May 22, 2004 1:45 AM EDT
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SAN FRANCISCO 6, MONTREAL 5
 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) -- With 2003 in their rear-view mirror, the San Francisco Giants finally were able to solve the Montreal Expos .

Edgardo Alfonso and Marquis Grissom each had a two-run hit in a six-run seventh inning as the Giants snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Expos with a 6-5 victory.

The Giants won 100 games last season but lost all seven meetings with the Expos, who seemed on their way to a team-record eighth straight win over San Francisco until the seventh inning.

"Last year we won 100 games, but we couldn't beat Expos," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. "This year, we started slow and got the first victory against them. Baseball has a few surprises."

Montreal had a 3-0 lead, but former Giant Livan Hernandez walked Barry Bonds to open the seventh and gave up singles to Pedro Feliz and J.T. Snow to load the bases with one out.

"The turning point was opening the seventh inning by giving Bonds the base on balls," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "That was the beginning of the end. Up to that point, Livan was throwing one heck of a game, but that base on balls started the rally. After that, they started swinging the bat."

Neifi Perez plated a run with an infield single and Hernandez (3-3) gave way to reliever Luis Ayala , who hit pinch hitter Jeffrey Hammonds to force in another run.

Alfonzo singled to right field with two outs to put the Giants in front, 4-3. Grissom followed with a double to deep right field to plate Hammonds and Alfonzo, and the Giants held on for their third win in four games.

"It's the same Alfonso of every night," Alou said. "It is something that you can expect from him. He plays well under pressure. That was a huge hit."

"We are nowhere near where we need to be," Grissom said. "Winning three out of four might be good, but we don't look like we look last year. We got to improve on our mental mistakes. We got to do whatever to we need to do to stay on top."

San Francisco starter Brett Tomko gave up three runs - one earned - but left after allowing consecutive RBI singles to Terrmel Sledge and Tony Batista with two outs in the sixth.

Wayne Franklin (1-0) got Brian Schneider to hit a grounder to first and got his first win of the season after San Francisco rallied.

The Giants used three relievers to get through the seventh and eight innings and Matt Herges pitched a scoreless ninth against his former team for his 14th save.


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