Originally created 05/16/02

Braves split series with Giants



SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark DeRosa hit a tiebreaking single and Chipper Jones added a three-run double in the eighth inning as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Thursday to split their four-game series.

With the score tied at 1, Javy Lopez was walked by Jason Schmidt (0-1) with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Marcus Giles. After Giles stole second, Rafael Furcal walked and DeRosa singled up the middle off Felix Rodriguez.

Gary Sheffield walked to load the bases, Jones his bases-clearing double to the right-field wall.

Atlanta starter Jason Marquis (3-2) had another strong outing coming off a 6-1 victory over the Padres on Saturday, his first start since a stint on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis.

He allowed one run and four hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk.

John Smoltz allowed a three-run homer to Benito Santiago with one out in the ninth. The Giants put two runners on before Smoltz struck out David Bell and Marvin Benard to end it.

Schmidt earned his first decision since coming off the disabled list. The right-hander missed the first three weeks of the season with a strained right groin. He went 7 2-3 innings against his former team, allowing three runs and three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Sheffield homered in the fourth inning off Schmidt to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Barry Bonds simply watched as the shot went deep into the left-field bleachers.

Bonds doubled to start off the bottom half, but couldn't get any farther as Marquis retired the next three batters.

Bonds, who hit a record 73 homers last season, has 13 home runs so far this year, bringing his career total to 580. The NL MVP needs three more to match Mark McGwire in fifth on the career list.

The Giants tied it in the fifth. Tsuyoshi Shinjo reached on DeRosa's throwing error at shortstop, went to second on Schmidt's sacrifice bunt, then scored on Benard's single.

After Ramon Martinez singled in the sixth, Bonds hit a fly to the deepest part of the park, the 421-foot marker in right-center. But it fell just inside the wall and Sheffield snagged it.

Giants manager Dusty Baker gave shortstop Rich Aurilia and outfielder Reggie Sanders the day off to rest. Both were expected back in the lineup Friday for the start of a weekend series against Florida.

Notes: Schmidt switched back to No. 29 after making his first four starts wearing No. 22. He wore No. 29 after being traded to San Francisco last season. ... Bonds' double in the fourth gave him 267, tying him with G.J. Berns on the franchise list. ... Bonds, who was 3-for-4 with two homers in his career against Marquis coming in, went 1-for-2 with a walk against the right-hander. ... Bonds walked twice, giving a major league-leading 53 this season.