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Giants rally with four in bottom of ninth; Bonds goes oh-for again

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- It's beginning to look as if Barry Bonds' next milestone home run might have to wait until his team's upcoming road trip.

The slugger spent another day stuck at 713 and one behind Babe Ruth for second place on the career list, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Saturday in the San Francisco Giants' 6-5 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Bonds wasn't around to celebrate Omar Vizquel's winning sacrifice fly to right after Jason J. Ellison replaced him in left field in the top of the ninth.

"Well, too bad," Vizquel said when told Bonds was long gone, though he hadn't noticed because there were so many people around him.

The Giants scored four runs in the ninth against Danys Baez (2-2), also getting RBI singles from Lance Niekro and pinch-hitter Daniel Ortmeier and a run-scoring double by Todd Greene. Jose Vizcaino entered to run for Greene at third and scored the winning run. Vizquel was immediately mobbed near first -- Bonds nowhere to be seen.

What a day for Vizcaino in less than five minutes of work.

"It's not a bad day for the team," he said. "I'm just happy to be able to score the winning run. It's a ball where I know I have a chance to score."

Now, Bonds must hit two homers Sunday in the finale of the seven-game homestand to pass Ruth before leaving town for a six-game trip.

Bonds hasn't homered in five games since hitting No. 713 with a 450-foot shot last Sunday in Philadelphia, and manager Felipe Alou even moved him up from the cleanup spot to No. 3 in the order in an effort to get him going.

But Bonds is hitless in his last 13 at-bats with five walks since his seventh-inning single Tuesday night against former teammate Scott Eyre of the Cubs.

"A couple of at-bats were better," Alou said. "The other ones were more or less what we've seen in the last 18 at-bats."

After Sunday's series finale, the Giants leave town for a three-game series starting Monday at Houston, followed by a weekend interleague matchup at Oakland in which Bonds can play designated hitter. Giants management can't be thrilled thinking about the possibility of Bonds passing Ruth in the run-down ballpark across San Francisco Bay.

"We're not waiting to see Barry get the milestone," teammate Steve Finley said. "We're trying to win the game."

Bonds struck out looking in the first after taking three straight balls from Aaron Sele to start a seven-pitch at-bat.

Some fans were on their feet with chants of "Barry! Barry!" -- though the stadium lacked the atmosphere of the previous night in the series opener. Many fans left after Bonds did.

"Those are the fans who just come here to see the record," Vizquel said. "They're not real fans. They missed out big."

Bonds lined out to left on the first pitch he saw to start the fourth, which Sele completed on a total of four pitches. Bonds walked on four pitches in the sixth with the bases empty, then grounded out to first on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth.

Los Angeles' Nomar Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to eight games with a solo home run to left in the third for his seventh straight game driving in a run, then drew a bases-loaded walk from Scott Munter in the seventh for another RBI.

Jeff Kent hit a solo shot over Bonds' head leading off the fourth for his fifth homer of the year, and J.D. Drew had a two-run single and a triple for the Dodgers, who saw Baez blow his fifth save.

"He dodges a lot of situations like that," Dodgers catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. said. "He knows how to pitch with guys on base. It didn't happen today."

Armando Benitez (2-0) pitched the ninth for the win.

Sele was in line to win his second straight outing after being called up May 6 from Triple-A Las Vegas to make an emergency start for Odalis Perez, who had returned home to visit his ill mother in the Dominican Republic. Sele signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Jan. 17.

The 41-year-old Bonds returned to the third spot in the order for the first time in nearly three years. He has 328 homers from the No. 3 hole.

"They tell me Babe Ruth hit for average," Alou said. "Right now, he's not hitting for average. I believe he's capable of hitting for average."

The seven-time NL MVP batted third instead of cleanup for the first time since May 23, 2003, at Colorado, where he went 2-for-3 with two singles in front of Benito Santiago.

Alou spoke to Bonds while he was undergoing treatment Saturday morning and brought up the idea of moving him up, something Alou said came to him the night before.

Noah Lowry allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in his second start off the disabled list after straining a muscle in his right side April 6 against Atlanta in the Giants' home opener. He pitched seven strong innings to beat the Houston Astros in a makeup game Monday night.

Lowry laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the fifth to drive in the Giants' first run. Niekro had three hits, two RBI and scored a run.

Notes

  • Dodgers 3B Bill Mueller, placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right knee before Friday's game, will have surgery Monday in Phoenix by Dr. David Zeman.
  • Finley batted cleanup behind Bonds.
  • Sele faced the Giants for the first time since June 11, 2000, as a member of the Mariners.
  • Dusty Baker's 7-year-old son, Darren, and Bonds' 7-year-old daughter, Aisha, announced the lineups in the third.
  • The game drew 42,864 fans, the second straight sellout and third of the season. It was the fourth-largest regular-season crowd in the ballpark's six-year history. One man sported a Ruth jersey.
  • The Giants won for only the second time after trailing through eight.
 
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Jose Vizcaino (left) looks for a five from Omar Vizquel after Vizquel's game-winning single.  (AP)
Jose Vizcaino (left) looks for a five from Omar Vizquel after Vizquel's game-winning single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

N. Garciaparra
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

L. Niekro
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4110101.229
Jose Cruz Jr., LF3100201.253
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4122101.360
J.D. Drew, RF4022121.289
Jeff Kent, 2B4111103.216
Sandy Alomar Jr., C4010004.351
Willy Aybar, 3B3010101.375
Andre Ethier, LF3000112.269
Aaron Sele, SP3110002.200
a-Olmedo Saenz, PH-1B1000001.327
Totals335958317
a-Flied out for A Sele in the 8th.
BATTING
3B - J Drew (2)
HR - N Garciaparra (5); J Kent (5)
RBI - N Garciaparra 2 (21); J Drew 2 (27); J Kent (23)
FIELDING
E - W Aybar (1)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Aaron Sele 7.05222301.98
Takashi Saito 1.00000002.70
Danys Baez (L,2-2) 0.24421003.38
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF4000101.277
Omar Vizquel, SS4001002.298
Barry Bonds, LF3000110.222
Steve Finley, CF4110011.308
Pedro Feliz, 3B3210101.252
Ray Durham, 2B4000004.183
Lance Niekro, 1B4232003.250
Todd Greene, C4031012.407
Noah Lowry, SP1001001.000
Mark Sweeney, PH-1B1000001.243
Daniel Ortmeier, PH-LF1011001.500
Totals335963317
BATTING
2B - S Finley (2); P Feliz (7); T Greene (3)
RBI - O Vizquel (13); L Niekro 2 (18); T Greene (2); N Lowry (1); D Ortmeier (1)
SF - O Vizquel (4)
S - N Lowry (2)
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry 6.27554324.11
Scott Munter 0.00001005.65
Steve Kline 0.11001003.00
Tim Worrell 1.00001007.43
Armando Benitez (W,2-0) 1.01001000.00