SAN FRANCISCO -- Things had never turned this ugly in San Francisco's 7-year-old waterfront ballpark. Fan behavior this bad brought everybody back to the rowdiest of days at Candlestick Park.
Yorvit Torrealba hit a three-run homer against his former team and also scored a run on a balk, leading the Colorado Rockies past the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Friday night in a wild game that featured Barry Bonds' 723rd career home run and later the ejection of the slugger.
Bonds hit a solo shot to center in the seventh for his first home run since July 20 against San Diego, a span of 26 at-bats. He was batting in the ninth when he began arguing with plate umpire Ron Kulpa about a called second strike. Kulpa immediately ejected Bonds, who got in the umpire's face and began yelling.
"There were two unprofessional people out there at that moment," Bonds said. "He was very unprofessional and so was I. What happens on the field stays on the field and that's all I have to say about it."
Bonds returned to the dugout, sat down and crossed his arms as fans responded by throwing garbage, including beer bottles, onto the field from all directions. The Rockies left the field and retreated into their dugout to avoid being hit while fans chanted "Barry! Barry!"
"I don't care about that," Bonds said of the fans' actions. "We're trying to win games, that's all. It happened, it happened. It's over with. Let's go get ready for tomorrow."
Security came onto the field and so did a large cleanup crew, causing an 11-minute delay. Fans also threw things at the umpires as they were escorted off the field after the game.
"Barry didn't like strike two. He thought it was down and I told him it was not down," Kulpa said. "It was a good pitch and I'd been calling that pitch all night. We talked about the pitch, Barry and I. It was getting heated. I warned him, and then he crossed the line and said something he shouldn't have said. After I warned him twice, and that point he was ejected.
"I gave Barry a lot of rope in that situation. It was a big part of the ballgame. I gave him every opportunity to stay in the ballgame, and he crossed the line. When you cross the line, I have a job to do."
Bonds, who sat out of games on Tuesday and Wednesday with swelling in his troublesome right knee before Thursday's off day, sent a 2-1 pitch from Jeff Francis (9-9) over the wall in center in the seventh for his 15th home run of the year to move within 32 of tying home run king Hank Aaron's record of 755.
The 42-year-old Bonds hit his first homer off Francis, who became the 429th different pitcher to surrender a home run to the seven-time NL MVP. Bonds also hit his 715th homer May 28 against Colorado to pass Babe Ruth and move into second place on the career list behind Aaron.
Giants manager Felipe Alou, who acknowledged after the game Bonds has a bigger strike zone this season, hadn't ever seen San Francisco's fans act this way -- and he played for the Giants nearly five decades ago. He also has noticed that Bonds is different this season. The superstar is batting .241 and has 46 RBI.
"Barry is swinging at some pitches he never swings at," Alou said. "I'm also seeing Barry argue balls and strikes -- something he very seldom did before."
Yet Bonds said his argument with Kulpa was not about frustration.
"No, not at all," he said. "It had nothing to do with that."
Bonds' homer also gave him 1,377 extra-base hits to tie him with Stan Musial for second all-time behind Aaron's 1,477.
Torrealba, traded by the Giants last season, hit a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers in left in Colorado's four-run sixth for his fifth homer of the season. He also scored in the fifth on a balk after leading off the inning with a double.
Torrealba, who was catching at the time Bonds got tossed, was surprised by the slugger's reaction.
"For me, I thought it was a good pitch," he said. "I went down to get it. One thing for sure, you don't see Barry get thrown out of a game."
Pedro Feliz also homered for the first time since July 20 for the Giants, who began a key stretch of 19 straight games against the NL West. San Francisco snapped a nine-game losing streak Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.
Feliz, who had gone 33 at-bats without an RBI, hit his 17th homer leading off the third with a shot to left-center -- his first home run in 44 at-bats.
After Eliezer Alfonzo followed with a single, Francis retired the next 13 batters he faced before Bonds connected. Francis pitched eight strong innings to win for the third time in four starts, allowing six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Brian Fuentes recorded the final three outs for his 21st save in 25 chances as Colorado began a seven-game road trip by winning for the fourth time in five games. The Rockies, coming off a 6-4 homestand, are in a stretch with 11 of 14 against the division.
Matt Morris (8-9) had his four-game winning streak against the Rockies end. It was his first loss to Colorado in six starts since a loss April 5, 2001. Morris is winless in his last four starts following a five-game winning streak. He allowed five runs and five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked two.
The right-hander faced only five batters April 23 in his only other start against the Rockies this year, getting ejected at Coors Field after throwing only eight pitches and plunking two of the five batters he faced. He was later fined by the league.
Giants second baseman Ray Durham left the game after the third inning with a migraine and was replaced by Jose Vizcaino.
|Barry Bonds doesn't get much time to celebrate his homer, as he is ejected during this argument. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jamey Carroll, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.315|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.240|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.317|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.324|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.288|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||2||2||3||0||0||0||.258|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.298|
|Choo Freeman, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.255|
|Jeff Francis, SP||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.091|
|2B - G Atkins (35); Y Torrealba (10)|
|HR - Y Torrealba (5)|
|RBI - G Atkins (71); Y Torrealba 3 (32)|
|Jeff Francis (W,9-9)||8.0||6||2||2||0||2||2||3.55|
|Brian Fuentes (S,21)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.65|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Randy Winn, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.265|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.309|
|Ray Durham, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Barry Bonds, LF||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.241|
|a-Todd Greene, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Moises Alou, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.294|
|Shea Hillenbrand, 1B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.261|
|Eliezer Alfonzo, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.294|
|Matt Morris, SP||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.205|
|b-Steve Finley, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.253|
|Jose Vizcaino, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.212|
|Todd Linden, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.348|
|a-Flied out for B Bonds in the 9th.|
|b-Struck out looking for M Morris in the 6th.|
|2B - O Vizquel (14)|
|HR - B Bonds (15); P Feliz (17)|
|RBI - B Bonds (46); P Feliz (69)|
|S - M Morris (7)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Matt Morris (L,8-9)||6.0||5||5||5||2||4||1||4.73|