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W: J. Schmidt (3-2) L: R. Hill (0-2)
HR: CHC - M. Barrett (5)   SF - R. Winn (3), L. Niekro (2)

Pierre snags history from Bonds in Giants win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds was ready to make history. Juan Pierre made him wait a little longer.

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Pierre's leaping catch against the wall in center robbed Bonds of home run No. 714, and the San Francisco slugger remained one shy of tying Babe Ruth for second place after the Giants' 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

"I know I ruined about 40,000 people's nights tonight," Pierre said.

Bonds, who had the night off for Monday's makeup game with Houston, went 1-for-4 with a single two nights after hitting 713 with a 450-foot shot in Philadelphia. He drew a five-pitch walk in the first, flied out to center leading off the fourth, then watched Pierre's catch in the fifth before singling in the seventh.

He left the ballpark without talking to reporters and was hugged from behind by 7-year-old daughter Aisha outside the clubhouse as he made his way out. His entourage included Sacramento Kings' owner Gavin Maloof the same day his NBA team fired coach Rick Adelman.

Pierre went against the wall to snag Bonds' long line drive seemingly destined for the other side of the center-field fence.

"I thought it was gone," said Moises Alou, Bonds' injured teammate who watched that at-bat on a clubhouse TV. "I don't know if the ball would have been over, but when he hit it I thought it was gone."

Bonds flied out to right in the eighth.

Two of his teammates did hit homers.

Lance Niekro had a two-run shot and singled in a run and Randy Winn added a solo drive for San Francisco to help Jason Schmidt (3-2) win his sixth straight decision against the Cubs and earn his third victory in a row. Schmidt has pitched back-to-back complete games and is the first Giants pitcher to do it since he got three straight from June 19-30, 2003.

Schmidt allowed five hits, struck out six and walked none.

"That was nice for a change," Schmidt said. "I think one of the great things playing here, any time Barry is going for a certain milestone, it creates a playoff atmosphere, a little extra. The team feeds off that."

In the fifth, Bonds smoked a 92 mph fastball -- the fastest pitch he saw all night from rookie Rich Hill -- to straightaway center and Pierre leaped to catch the ball on the top of the 8-foot wall.

"He's (Hill) probably seen Bonds more than Bonds has seen him," said Cubs skipper Dusty Baker, Bonds' manager for his first 10 seasons in San Francisco. "Juan brought the ball back that one time but he went after him and pitched him good. None of the guys backed away from him."

Bonds thought he had it and took off, then made a dismissive wave toward center as he rounded first before heading back to the dugout. The fans booed Pierre when he came to the plate the next half-inning.

Bonds nodded to his fans from the on-deck circle and stepped into the batter's box in the first inning to chants of "Barry! Barry!" He received a warm standing ovation and cameras clicked with each pitch -- then the boos rang out when Hill (0-2) walked him.

Schmidt retired 19 of the first 20 batters he faced -- allowing only a solo homer to Michael Barrett in the second before getting 15 straight outs until Todd Walker's seventh-inning single.

The viewing portwalk beneath the right-field arcade where fans can get a glimpse of the game without buying a ticket was completely full from first pitch on. A few Bonds No. 25 jerseys could be spotted on the downtown streets during the work day.

Thirty kayaks and boats packed McCovey Cove hoping for a souvenir splash home run -- Bonds has hit 31 of his homers into the water. A surfer standing on his board and paddling even joined the action.

Mike Matheny hit a pair of RBI singles and Steve Finley doubled, tripled and scored twice for the Giants, who won their second in a row following a four-game skid and sent the Cubs to their season-worst eighth straight loss.

Hill avoided becoming the 420th different pitcher to surrender a home run to Bonds.

The 41-year-old Bonds was lighthearted and laughing with reporters swarmed around his locker only hours before resuming his pursuit of Ruth.

Bonds' godfather, Willie Mays, sat in the stands near the dugout between team owner Peter Magowan and Giants executive vice president Larry Baer. Another Hall of Famer named Willie -- Willie McCovey -- also attended the game. Adding Ron Santo and Baker, all those men's home runs coupled with Bonds equaled 2,478 homers between them in the ballpark.

The Cubs are winless so far in their nine-game West Coast trip after being swept in two games at Arizona and four at San Diego.


  • The Cubs have given up 43 of Bonds' home runs.
  • Bonds said before the game he has accepted the fact he could finish his career next year in the American League as a designated hitter -- if he's still playing at all. "As a cancer person as I am, who would want to talk to me anyway?" Bonds said, referring to being contacted by other teams once 2006 ends. "I'm supposed to be the biggest cancer around."
  • Giants OF Steve Finley hit his first double of the year.
  • Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller was in the stands.
  • Mays stood and tipped his cap when the scoreboard announced a celebration for Mays' 75th birthday (May 6) this Friday. Manager Felipe Alou turns 71 Friday.
  • Schmidt had a 1.18 ERA in his previous five outings against Chicago.
  • San Francisco issued 105 extra credentials for Tuesday night, above those who hold season passes.
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The look on Barry Bonds' face says it all as the Giants' slugger fails to hit home run No. 714.  (Getty Images)
The look on Barry Bonds' face says it all as the Giants' slugger fails to hit home run No. 714. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

L. Niekro
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
San Francisco

J. Schmidt
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 6

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