It sure took a long time for an NL West contender to get a win.
After Barry Bonds' 64th homer wasn't enough for San Francisco, the division's other contenders — Arizona and Los Angeles — took 13 innings to decide the opener of their four-game series.
Shawn Green hit his 47th homer with two outs in the 13th as Los Angeles defeated first-place Arizona 3-2 Thursday night to snap a five-game losing streak. The Diamondbacks and Giants have each lost three straight.
"The goal is to win these big games so we have a chance to play for bigger games later," Green said. "It's going to be a battle this whole series."
The Dodgers' first victory since baseball resumed Monday moved them within three games of the Diamondbacks in the NL West. Los Angeles remains four behind St. Louis in the wild card race.
The Giants remained two games behind Arizona despite losing 5-4 to Houston on Lance Berkman's RBI double in the 10th inning.
With 15 games left, Bonds is six homers shy of the record Mark McGwire set three years ago. Bonds' 64th came in San Francisco's 147th game, eight games fewer than it took McGwire to hit the same number, but his mind is still on last week's terrorist attacks.
Bonds announced that starting with Thursday's homer, he would donate $10,000 for each homer he hits to the United Way for the relief fund.
"It's hard to refocus when you're noticing those things out there," Bonds said about the reminders of the tragedy on the video scoreboard at Pacific Bell Park. "We try to perform and put it on the back burner for those few hours we're out there on the field. But it's tough to do."
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2: Green went 4-for-6, including an RBI triple in the first inning and his game-winning homer in the 13th off Greg Swindell (2-5) at Dodger Stadium.
Luke Prokopec (8-6) earned his first victory since Aug. 25 and also his first win this season as a reliever.
Luis Gonzalez tied the game with his 53rd homer, a two-run shot in the eighth inning off Jesse Orosco.
ASTROS 5, GIANTS 4: Houston led 4-2 in the fifth when Bonds homered on a 1-0 count off Wade Miller. The ball cleared the fence beyond the reach of center fielder Richard Hidalgo.
With the score 4-all in the 10th, Jeff Bagwell walked with one out, stole second and scored on Berkman's RBI double down the right-field line off RobbNen (4-5).
BRAVES 5, PHILLIES 1: Javy Lopez drove in three runs and Kevin Millwood (6-6) pitched six shutout innings as visiting Atlanta beat Philadelphia to open a 1 1/2-game lead in the NL East.
The Braves avoided a four-game sweep and headed to New York with a 5 1/2-game lead over the Mets.
CUBS 6, REDS 5: Fred McGriff hit a three-run homer, and Jason Bere (11-9) pitched seven shutout innings at Cincinnati.
The Reds, on the verge of being shut out in consecutive games for the first time in more than eight years, scored five times in the ninth, but fell just short.
By taking two of three, the Cubs built a smidgen of momentum for their potentially pivotal weekend series in Houston. The Cubs are third in the NL Central and third in the wild card race.
CARDINALS 9, PIRATES 1: Woody Williams (13-9) pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, and Mark McGwire, who came into the game only because of an injury, homered in his 39th major league park as visiting St. Louis won its seventh straight.
The Cardinals won their 10th in 11 games to maintain their 2 1/2-game lead over the Cubs in the wild card race.
EXPOS 8, ROCKIES 3: Orlando Cabrera hit a tiebreaking three-run double with two outs in the eighth inning against Jay Powell (4-3) to lead host Montreal past Colorado.