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Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 11:48 PM EDT
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SAN FRANCISCO 14, MONTREAL 4 (2ND GAME)
 

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Barry Bonds had one unsuccessful at-bat in the first game of a doubleheader against the Montreal Expos . He was much more productive in the nightcap.

Bonds exited after hitting career homer No. 692 in the fifth inning of a 14-4 rout of the Expos as San Francisco earned a split of the doubleheader.

"When was that, yesterday?" joked Expos manager Frank Robinson , referring to his team's win in the opener. "We played a good ballgame the first ballgame. It was good to win one and it's so difficult to win a doubleheader, so difficult. But we thought we were performing a little better than we did but that's the way it goes."

"A split is not the worst thing that can happen," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "If you lose two, that's really bad, but not one."

Marquis Grissom drove in three runs and Michael Tucker , Deivi Cruz , Dustan Mohr and starter Wayne Franklin each had two RBI for the Giants, who went 5-1 against the Expos this season after dropping all seven meetings in 2003.

Franklin (2-0) yielded one run and three hits in six innings. He also walked with the bases loaded in a six-run third inning and had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

"I just had a game plan," Franklin said. "I knew I was going to start the second game so it gave me a lot of time to prepare and I just came out there and said, 'I was going to work fast, throw strikes and hopefully the best comes out of it.' And it doesn't hurt that we were hitting the ball. Scoring some runs really helped the cause and it took a lot of pressure off me."

"He threw a good game for us today," Alou said. "He waited for weeks to help us and he responded. We knew that he can hit. He was batting a cool 1.000 before the game."

Franklin made his first start since September 26, 2003, when he made the final of a team-high 34 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers . This season, he pitched 35 times in relief before making his first start of the year.

"That was a tough transition and I didn't know how my arm was going to react to it," Franklin said. "It seemed like we got a little tired at times because I wasn't prepared to be a reliever. Even when I got traded, I didn't know what I was going to do.

"They (Giants) didn't know what they were going to do with me and if they tell me in the offseason, 'Hey, we want you to come back as a reliever,' then that's what I'll prepare for and I know my body will be ready for it."

Expos starter T.J. Tucker (3-2) was rocked for six runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings. Replacement Claudio Vargas , who faced one batter in Montreal's 6-2 win in the opener, was not much better, giving up four runs and three hits in 1 2/3 frames.

"Tucker was all right for a couple of innings," Robinson said. "In the third he looked like he might have got tired, he got up around the 50-something pitch count already. He wasn't going much further than that and that's why I took him out. I would have loved to have gotten four innings out of him but there's no sense in pushing him too far, and then Vargas had nothing, he just threw some nitro on the fire."

Bonds, who came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of the opener and popped up with two men aboard, went 2-for-2 with two walks and scored three times in the nightcap.

"It's amazing, it really is," Mohr said of Bonds' feat of hitting a home run against 409 different pitchers. "Especially playing in our ballpark and the size of it. It's not a easy ballpark to hit home runs in. He seems to be able to do it whenever he wants to."

Mohr, who was doubled off second on Bonds' popup, replaced him in this one and hit a two-run homer off Francis Beltran in the seventh.

"There's nothing you can do to make up for a loss, especially when you did something that cost your team a chance to win and we need to win every game," Mohr said. "Hitting a home run, the score was 11-2 at the time, so it really didn't have any bearing on the game, but I guess as far as the fans were concerned, it took a little bit of the edge off, because they stopped throwing things at me after that."


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