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LOS ANGELES -- Already bothered by a sore knee, Barry Bonds has bone chips in his swollen left elbow. He said he plans to continue playing with the problem until it forces him out.
Bonds was 0-for-2 with two walks, one intentional, in San Francisco's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in a game delayed nearly two hours by rain. Ray Durham's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, helping the Giants win the series opener.
Bonds said the bone chips were discovered in spring training, causing him to miss a week. He told MLB.com before the game that he would continue playing until his arm "blows up."
Asked after Friday's game what he meant, Bonds said, "It means I quit. Gone."
However, he said he's "not at all" worried about that happening.
"I played with bone chips before. I played with them in my knee with Pittsburgh many years," he said. "They only hurt when they're in the way. Once they move out of the way, you're all right."
Still without a homer this season, Bonds said his arm was not the cause of his low offensive production.
"I don't make no excuses," he said. "It was me."
Omar Vizquel led off the ninth with a single, took second on Hong-Chih Kuo's wild pitch and went to third on an infield groundout by Steve Finley. Vizquel scored on Durham's deep sacrifice fly to right with one out.
Kuo (0-2) gave up one run and one hit in 1 1/3 innings, struck out one and walked two.
San Francisco's Jamey Wright (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in eight innings, struck out five and walked two. Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
"I felt sharp," Wright said. "I knew it was going to be a tough game. I'm just glad we got the game in. I like pitching here. I like the fact it's a big rivalry and it gives you a little extra adrenaline."
Randy Winn gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a leadoff homer, his first of the season.
Jeff Kent countered for the Dodgers in the sixth, tying the game on a one-out, two-strike homer - also his first.
A solid outing by Dodgers starter Brad Penny was dashed when he left after six innings because of a bruise on his right arm caused by a comebacker from Finley in the fourth.
"It was pretty stiff and it was getting worse," said Penny, who doesn't expect to miss his next start.
Penny retired 18 of the 20 batters he faced, including the first nine in a row. He struck out four and walked none.
"Penny was outstanding," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "Had he not gotten hit on the arm, I think you would've seen both of them go very deep into that game and not a whole lot of offense."
The game began after a 1-hour, 57-minute rain delay that didn't deter Los Angeles fans famous for leaving early. They lustily booed Bonds when the Giants' starting lineup was announced and again when he took left field for the first time.
Extra security guards were stationed in left and right fields between innings, the result of the Dodgers and major league baseball combining to tighten security around Bonds during the three-game series.
A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds committed perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never used steroids, a person with knowledge of the probe has told the Associated Press.
Bonds said he had no reaction to the grand jury investigation. "I will never comment because I choose not to," he said.
"We just won a game. You got anything else to talk about?" he retorted. "Does anybody want to talk about baseball?"
Fans stayed on Bonds' case, chanting "steroids" while he stood in the outfield in the bottom of the first. In between batters, he glanced over his left shoulder at the seats behind him.
In the bottom of the fifth, a small, unidentifiable object was tossed from the left field seats in Bonds' direction, but it didn't come near him. A worker ran onto the field and picked it up without a delay.
Bonds flied to left in his first two at-bats and walked in the seventh, tying Met Ott's franchise record of 1,708. He was intentionally walked in the ninth before being replaced by a pinch-runner.
He has yet to homer this season, remaining stuck at 708 -- seven away from passing Babe Ruth's 714 for second on the career list.
Bonds ran hard into left center to rob J.D. Drew of a base hit in the sixth.
|Barry Bonds swings and misses before flying out to right in the fourth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Randy Winn, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.312|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.357|
|Steve Finley, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.188|
|Barry Bonds, LF||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.167|
|a-Jason J. Ellison, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ray Durham, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||2||2||.138|
|Lance Niekro, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.241|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.212|
|Mike Matheny, C||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.130|
|Jamey Wright, SP||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|HR - R Winn (1)|
|RBI - R Winn (5); R Durham (3)|
|SF - R Durham (1)|
|S - J Wright (1)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Jamey Wright (W,2-0)||8.0||5||1||1||2||5||1||3.00|
|Tim Worrell (S,4)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.80|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.227|
|Jose Cruz Jr., RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.357|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.324|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||3||.231|
|James Loney, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.214|
|a-Ricky Ledee, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Bill Mueller, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.400|
|Jason Repko, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|b-Olmedo Saenz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.435|
|Dioner Navarro, C||3||0||2||0||0||1||1||.269|
|Brad Penny, SP||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.143|
|Kenny Lofton, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a-Doubled for J Loney in the 9th.|
|b-Grounded out for J Repko in the 9th.|
|2B - J Drew (2); R Ledee (1)|
|HR - J Kent (1)|
|RBI - J Kent (6)|
|SB - R Furcal (3); J Repko (4)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hong-Chih Kuo (L,0-2)||1.1||1||1||1||2||1||0||6.75|