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Bonds splashes No. 705 as Giants get past Dodgers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds carefully marked almost every piece of his equipment with No. 705 and the date, boxed it up and sealed the top with athletic tape.

His bat and hat, his gloves, his shoes, even his black-and-orange wristbands -- all of it was authenticated and put away for safekeeping in one of the slugger's many storage units.

Bonds splashed a home run into McCovey Cove for the first time this season on Sunday. His 705th career homer led off the eighth inning, causing a commotion as soon as it reached the water and kayakers raced to retrieve the ball.

Bonds' homer followed a tiebreaking solo drive by Mike Matheny in the sixth and Randy Winn's third homer in as many days, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3.

Matheny's homer off Franquelis Osoria (0-1) helped the Giants win their third in a row after losing the opener and take the season series from Los Angeles 10-9. San Francisco trails the first-place Padres by 5½ games in the NL West, and the Dodgers dropped 7½ games back.

"It's nice to win," Bonds said. "I still feel like I'm in the spring training mode. Sometimes I feel really good. Sometimes I feel off balance. Those are things you go through in spring training. I'm trying to put it together in such a short window of time."

Saving all his stuff from each home run has been Bonds' routine for years now, since before he hit his 500th homer in 2001.

Bonds said he won't allow himself to think about the 10 home runs he needs to pass Babe Ruth (714), second on the career list behind Hank Aaron (755).

"No, no. Right now we're trying to chase a team that's in front of us," Bonds said. "We've got to catch them."

Bonds worked the count full, then fouled off a pitch before connecting for his second home run of the season. It was just his fifth start of the year after recovering from three operations on his right knee.

Fans jumped to their feet and cheered "Barry! Barry!" and as soon as the ball traveled over the right-field arcade and into the water for his 32nd splash hit. After rounding the bases -- with "705" blaring on the scoreboard -- Bonds pointed to fans behind the on-deck circle and smiled. Moments later, he came back out of the dugout, waved and tipped his hat to the sellout crowd of 42,659.

Hong-Chih Kuo became the 415th pitcher to surrender a home run to Bonds, who hit No. 704 Friday against Brad Penny.

"He looks old but he's still swinging the bat," said the Dodgers' Jeff Kent, Bonds' former teammate. "It just looks like every time he gets up there he's trying to hit a home run."

With Bonds batting cleanup and Moises Alou following in the fifth hole behind him for the first time all year, injury-prone San Francisco moved closer to having its projected lineup coming out of spring training. First baseman J.T. Snow is nursing a pulled hamstring.

Bonds flied out in the first, hit a sacrifice fly in the third and singled in the fifth. He concluded his first week back 5-for-16 with two home runs and three RBI. Bonds drove in his 1,845th and 1,846th runs, moving past Carl Yastrzemski and into sole possession of ninth place on the RBI list.

"Cheater!" one fan hollered during his fifth-inning at-bat.

For the most part, San Francisco's fans have been forgiving and adoring since his return, seemingly having forgotten the steroids controversy that surrounds the superstar.

"They can say whatever they want to say," Bonds said. "To me, anybody who has to go out of their way to say something negative about somebody else, they're in a lot more pain than I am. I'm not in that kind of pain. You've got to be miserable to go out of your way just to be negative about somebody all the time."

Penny said Friday after allowing Bonds' homer off a curveball that the slugger hasn't yet shown he can hit a fastball -- and again the Dodgers went after him. Penny called the home-run pitch he threw "stupid."

"I think I've hit a couple off him. He's thrown more than one stupid pitch to me," said Bonds, who prepared for the game by resting with his eyes closed in his fully reclined massaging leather chair.

The warm weather helped keep him from getting stiff as he did other times during his first week.

Alou, who admitted to being nervous about finally playing with Bonds, doubled in his first at-bat after missing six games with a strained left groin. Armando Benitez finished for his 16th save.

Winn hit a two-run homer into the right-field arcade seats in the third for his career-high 17th of the season, his 11th since joining the Giants in a July 30 trade with Seattle.

Oscar Robles hit a two-out homer in the third for the Dodgers and Jose Cruz Jr. sent a solo shot over the leaping Bonds in left in the fourth against Noah Lowry, who allowed five runs and two hits in five innings.

"I went to jump and the wall hit me in the shoulder," Bonds said. "I was like, 'Wow, that hurt.' Then I was thinking, 'What am I doing? I've got to come back down on this leg. That's stupid.'"

Notes

  • The mother of Laci Peterson, Sharon Rocha, threw out the ceremonial first pitch as the Giants held a "Resolve to stop the violence" ceremony before the game. A photo was shown on the big screen of Laci, whose husband Scott was sentenced to death for killing her and the couple's unborn child.
 
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Barry Bonds acknowledges the crowd after hitting his 705th career home run.  (AP)
Barry Bonds acknowledges the crowd after hitting his 705th career home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

R. Winn
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

B. Bonds
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Willy Aybar, 3B5000012 .350
Oscar Robles, SS4111100 .273
Antonio Perez, 2B4010014 .314
Jeff Kent, 1B4010003 .295
Jose Jr. Cruz, RF4131001 .246
Dioner Navarro, C3110011 .287
Mike Edwards, LF4011012 .259
Jayson Werth, CF2000102 .247
Elmer Dessens, P1000010 .000
   a- Jason Phillips, PH1010000 .238
    D.J. Houlton, P0000000 .111
   b- Brian Myrow, PH1010002 .286
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
   c- Ricky Ledee, PH1000000 .284
Totals3431032517 
a-singled for Dessens in the 5th
b-singled for Houlton in the 6th
c-grounded out for Brazoban in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Jr. Cruz (19, T. Walker), Dioner Navarro (8, Kinney)
HR - Oscar Robles (3, Lowry), Jose Jr. Cruz (17, Lowry)
SH - Dioner Navarro (1)
RBI - Oscar Robles (30), Jose Jr. Cruz (49), Mike Edwards (14)
2-OUT RBI - Oscar Robles (7), Mike Edwards (4)
CS - Antonio Perez (4, 2nd base by Lowry/Matheny)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Perez-Robles-Kent, Aybar-Perez-Kent
Los Angeles Dodgers
Elmer Dessens 4633111 3.19
D.J. Houlton 1100100 5.35
Franquelis Osoria (L,0-1) 2211001 4.43
Hong-Chih Kuo0111001 81.00
Yhency Brazoban 1000000 5.54
Pitches-Strikes - Elmer Dessens 52-34, D.J. Houlton 16-9, Franquelis Osoria 15-11, Hong-Chih Kuo 7-4, Yhency Brazoban 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Elmer Dessens 5-5, Franquelis Osoria 5-0, Yhency Brazoban 2-1
Batters Faced - Elmer Dessens 18, D.J. Houlton 5, Franquelis Osoria 7, Hong-Chih Kuo 1, Yhency Brazoban 3
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF4132000 .297
Omar Vizquel, SS1100201 .273
Pedro Feliz, 1B-3B4010003 .258
Barry Bonds, LF3122001 .313
    Jason Ellison, RF0000000 .272
Moises Alou, RF4010002 .315
    Todd Linden, LF0000000 .219
Ray Durham, 2B4000002 .297
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B4010000 .284
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Mike Matheny, C3111011 .245
Noah Lowry, P2110000 .286
    Matt Kinney, P0000000 .000
   a- Doug Clark, PH1000000 .000
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
    Lance Niekro, 1B0000000 .257
Totals3051052110 
a-grounded out for Kinney in the 6th
Batting
2B - Pedro Feliz (28, Dessens), Moises Alou (16, Dessens), Noah Lowry (6, Dessens)
HR - Randy Winn (17, Dessens), Barry Bonds (2, Kuo), Mike Matheny (13, Osoria)
SF - Barry Bonds (1)
SH - Omar Vizquel (18)
RBI - Randy Winn 2 (56), Barry Bonds 2 (3), Mike Matheny (59)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Matheny (26)
SB - Randy Winn (19, 3rd base off Dessens/Navarro)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Moises Alou 1
DP - Feliz-Vizquel
E - Pedro Feliz (9, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry 5522252 3.84
Matt Kinney (BS,1; W,2-0) 1411000 1.04
Jack Taschner (H,3) 1000000 1.59
Tyler Walker (H,2) 1100000 4.61
Armando Benitez (S,16) 1000000 4.62
HBP - Werth (by Matt Kinney)
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 99-58, Matt Kinney 15-9, Jack Taschner 15-7, Tyler Walker 12-10, Armando Benitez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 3-6, Matt Kinney 1-0, Jack Taschner 2-2, Tyler Walker 2-1, Armando Benitez 3-0
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 21, Matt Kinney 6, Jack Taschner 4, Tyler Walker 4, Armando Benitez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42659
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Paul Emmel