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Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 3:02 AM EDT
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SAN FRANCISCO 5, MONTREAL 4
 

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- J.T. Snow bailed out the San Francisco Giants ' bullpen.

Snow delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning after closer Dustin Hermanson blew a two-run lead in the top of the frame as the Giants posted a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Expos .

Snow hit a 1-2 pitch from Luis Ayala (4-9) into right to score pinch runner Ricky Ledee with one out in the ninth. Snow had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by a Giant this season.

"There's no magical answer," Snow said. "It's part of baseball and I'm seeing the ball pretty good at the plate. That's about it. You have a plan every time you go to the plate and you try to stay with that plan but you try to go up, have a good at-bat and see what happens."

San Francisco starter Jason Schmidt was taken out of the game with a 4-2 lead after feeling some discomfort in his right groin warming up in the ninth inning.

"I won't even know anything until tomorrow or a couple of days, let the thing rest and just take it from there," Schmidt said. "In the eighth inning I broke toward first base and I felt a little cramp there. I went out for my warmup pitches the next inning and it just felt a little bit sharper so I just shut it down."

When asked if he'll make his next start, Schmidt replied, "I have no idea, we'll see."

Scott Eyre walked leadoff man Juan Rivera but got Nick Johnson to ground into a fielder's choice. Hermanson (5-5) relieved Eyre and gave up a double to Alex Gonzalez .

After a groundout by Brian Schneider plated Johnson, Tony Batista 's infield single scored Gonzalez with the tying run.

"It's disappointing because Schmitty pitched such a good game and that's all I want to do is preserve the win for him," Hermanson said. "Overall, as long as we get a win it's great, but still all I want to do is preserve that win for Schmitty."

"It was an ugly win tonight but we have to win those because an ugly loss can hurt a team," Giants manager Felipe Alou said.

Schmidt allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits in eight innings in his bid to become baseball's first 16-game winner. He struck out seven and walked two.

"I felt good," Schmidt said. "I was happy with the way it went. I know I made one bad pitch to (Jose) Vidro, didn't quite get the ball where I needed to but we came out with the win and that's the big thing."

Barry Bonds hit two home runs for the Giants, who have won six in a row.

Bonds homered on the first pitch he saw from Montreal starter Sun-woo Kim to tie the score, 1-1, in the second, and put San Fransisco ahead in the fourth with a two-run shot. It was Bonds' 67th career multi-homer game, tying Mark McGwire for second most all-time.

"(Kim) missed his spots on Bonds and he made him pay, both pitches," Robinson said. "It wasn't supposed to be there. It was supposed to be in other areas of the strike zone and they weren't and it was right down in his zone, low and in. When you do that do Bonds he's going to make you pay."

Kim allowed three runs and six hits in six innings for Montreal, which has lost three in a row after winning seven straight. Kim is 0-5 in his last eight starts and has not won since May 7.

"He pitched a gutsy performance for us and he didn't let the game get away," Robinson said. "We got ourselves back in the ballgame and gave ourselves a chance and played our way out of it in the bottom of the ninth."


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