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Giants cool down Braves

May 9, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Benito Santiago and Jose Cruz Junior each hit three-run homers and drove in four runs as the San Francisco Giants won their sixth straight game, beating the Atlanta Braves 9-2 tonight at Turner Field.

The Giants pulled away from a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning to win a matchup of the teams with the National League's two best records.

 It was the first time the clubs have met since San Francisco beat the Braves in the first round of last year's playoffs. 

 Santiago's fifth home run made it 6-to-2 in the eighth. He connected off rookie left-hander Jung Keun Bong after a walk to Rich Aurilia and single by Barry Bonds. B

Bonds went 2-for-5, stole a base and scored twice. 

 Rookie Jesse Foppert (2-2) made his fifth major league start, giving up two runs and five hits in six innings.

Atlanta's runs came on solo homers by Chipper Jones in the second and Marcus Giles in the sixth.