SAN FRANCISCO -- Brett Myers and Barry Bonds both had impressive days at the ballpark. Neither was in much of a position to enjoy it -- not with the troubles still awaiting them off the field.
Myers allowed Bonds' 721st homer while pitching seven solid innings in his first start back from a leave of absence, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for four runs in the eighth inning of a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
Myers (6-3) allowed five hits and struck out seven, looking sharp after sitting out nearly three weeks while facing assault charges for allegedly hitting his wife.
Bonds, who went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, faces the imminent possibility of indictment from a federal grand jury on charges of perjury and tax evasion stemming from the BALCO probe.
They faced each other three times: Bonds flied out to the warning track and struck out before homering in the sixth inning.
Afterward, Myers echoed Bonds' familiar approach of sidestepping his controversy and speaking only of moving ahead with his life.
"I've got to go out there and do my job regardless of situations," Myers said. "It's something I'm paid to do. I felt like the team needed today, needed to win this series."
While working out with minor leaguers in Class-A Clearwater and following the Phillies' games on his computer, Myers longed for a return to the normalcy of his major league routine -- and he got it in a strong start.
But San Francisco's fans greeted him with the same reception he's likely to get for the rest of the season: Myers was booed when his name was announced in the starting lineup, and again before each of his three at-bats.
Still, the boos weren't as vociferous as the jeers in Boston on the day after the incident last month.
"I didn't even hear nothing," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That isn't getting booed. You come to Philly. ... I talked to him a little bit, (but) I think he got enough schooling. I think he had a lot of people talking to him."
The right-hander kept Philadelphia in the game until a lengthy eighth-inning rally keyed by Ryan Howard's tiebreaking RBI single.
Myers hadn't pitched since June 24 -- the day after he was arrested for allegedly striking his wife, Kim, in the face on a Boston street corner. He was placed on the temporary inactive list after pleading not guilty to the charges. He returned to the Phillies on Friday, making a brief statement of apology.
"The first one is always the toughest," Myers said of his return. "I've just got to go out there and work."
Bonds hit his 13th homer of the season on a 3-2 pitch from Myers, who became the major league-record 427th pitcher to allow a homer to the San Francisco slugger. The solo shot barely reached the stands in left-center, and the ball was fumbled back onto the field.
Bonds hit his first homer in nine days, but the slugger could face more distractions if he is indicted -- something that could happen as early as Monday, though nobody is certain of the status of the grand jury's secret proceedings.
When asked his thoughts about the possible indictment, Bonds replied: "Nothing. I'm not worried about it."
Bonds' homer put San Francisco ahead 2-1, but David Bell tied it moments later with a solo homer, just his fifth of the year.
Bell added a run-scoring triple in the eighth for the Phillies, who took two of three from the Giants to win consecutive series for the first time since May. Aaron Rowand, who had two RBI doubles, was pleased both by the Phillies' weekend play and Myers' rebound.
"We're being his teammate," Rowand said. "That's what we're supposed to be on the baseball field and in life."
Myers had a rocky second inning, allowing Bonds' fly to the warning track which might have reached the seats, but Pat Burrell easily hopped up to grab it. Ray Durham then hit his 14th homer of the season.
But the right-hander settled down in the third, eventually retiring nine of 10 -- including five straight strikeouts with Pedro Feliz's single sandwiched in between. He struck out Bonds with a high 91-mph fastball to start the string.
"(Bonds) was attacking the ball," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "He's been more aggressive. Therefore, he's been swinging at bad pitches. Now I have to get used to that approach and let it go."
Matt Cain yielded just one hit and four walks in six strong innings for the Giants, but got a no-decision for the third straight start.
Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games with a leadoff triple in the eighth off Steve Kline (2-2). The Giants walked Burrell to get to Howard, who lined a single to right -- and after Jonathan Sanchez relieved Kline, pinch-runner Shane Victorino scored from third on a wild pitch.
Durham left the game in the sixth with a jammed right shoulder, and Alou said his condition was "not good."
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||0||0||1||3||0||.254|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.315|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||3||1||0||0||2||1||2||.286|
|Pat Burrell, LF||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.263|
|a-Shane Victorino, PR-LF||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||4||.283|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.267|
|David Bell, 3B||4||1||2||2||0||0||3||.268|
|Mike Lieberthal, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.226|
|Brett Myers, SP||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.030|
|b-Abraham O. Nunez, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.133|
|a-Fouled out for P Burrell in the 8th.|
|b-Struck out swinging for B Myers in the 8th.|
|2B - C Utley (27); A Rowand 2 (17)|
|3B - C Utley (2); D Bell (1)|
|HR - D Bell (5)|
|RBI - R Howard (76); A Rowand 2 (33); D Bell 2 (30)|
|SB - J Rollins (20)|
|Brett Myers (W,6-3)||7.0||5||2||2||1||7||2||3.77|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Randy Winn, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.266|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Moises Alou, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.298|
|Barry Bonds, LF||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.247|
|Ray Durham, 2B||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||.266|
|a-Jose Vizcaino, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Mark Sweeney, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.265|
|Eliezer Alfonzo, C||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.286|
|Matt Cain, SP||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.115|
|Chad Santos, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|a-Grounded out for R Durham in the 6th.|
|2B - M Sweeney (14)|
|HR - B Bonds (13); R Durham (14)|
|RBI - B Bonds (40); R Durham (48)|
|E - P Feliz (11)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Steve Kline (L,2-2)||0.1||2||3||3||1||1||0||3.60|
|Jonathan O. Sanchez||1.2||3||1||1||0||2||0||1.08|