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Bonds sets tone with No. 728, Giants follow suit in win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Dusty Baker witnessed it many times during his decade as manager of the San Francisco Giants. Barry Bonds launches a home run and then draws a walk in his next at-bat to set up a rally.

It happened again Saturday while Baker was watching from the dugout of the Chicago Cubs. Bonds hit his 728th homer -- leaving him 27 shy of tying Hank Aaron -- and then drew a walk two innings later before back-to-back homers from Ray Durham and Moises Alou. The result: a 4-2 Giants win.

"This guy is one of the greatest of all time. You just hate that it's marred by what is happening right now," Baker said in obvious reference to allegations that Bonds' late-career homer binge has been aided by performance-enhancing drugs.

"This guy has been great all of his life since he was a little kid. I appreciate it (the history) big time. I just wish he wouldn't do it against us."

Bonds, booed as he came to bat each time, drove Sean Marshall's 3-2 pitch into the right-field seats with two outs in the fourth to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. It was his fourth homer in the last 10 games and 20th of the season.

Bonds was not around to comment after the game, but Baker said Aaron's mark of 755 is well within reach, even though Bonds is 42.

"He probably picks up the ball as quickly as anybody, the difference between the curveball and changeup and fastball. His pitch recognition is probably beyond compare," Baker said.

"If he plays a lot of games, he's going to close that gap for next year."

Facing Marshall again in the sixth, Bonds walked with two outs and Durham followed with a two-run shot to left, his 21st of the season. One pitch later, Alou hit another drive to the left-field seats, and the Giants had a 4-1 lead.

"It was nice to win that way. From the fourth, fifth and sixth hitters to get three jacks," Alou said.

Bonds went 1-for-3 and struck out against Will Ohman in the eighth.

"All three guys that hit the ball out, those are our long ball guys," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "He (Bonds) went down and hit a pretty good pitch. The one to right field he crushed."

Derrek Lee hit his fifth homer of the season off Giants reliever Armando Benitez in the ninth to cut it to 4-2. It was Lee's first homer since June 28.

Mike Stanton relieved Benitez with runners at first and third and one out. He picked Ryan Theriot off first and struck out Ronny Cedeno to get his fourth save in six chances.

San Francisco starter Matt Cain (11-9) was perfect in the first four innings and the only run he allowed was unearned. He yielded four hits, walked two and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings.

Lee's single to right on an 0-2 pitch was the Cubs' first hit and baserunner after Cain retired the first 12 batters he faced. When third baseman Pedro Feliz fumbled Jacque Jones' bouncer and then threw high to first for an error, the Cubs had first and second with no outs.

Cain got two outs on a popup and fielder's choice, but Cedeno dropped down a perfect bunt to the left side of the mound and Cain couldn't make the play as the tying run scored.

Cain had allowed just one run over his previous three stars, a span of 19 1/3 innings, entering the game. And he got out of a jam in the sixth when he got Lee to hit into a double play with runners at first and third.

Marshall (5-9), who just came off the disabled list Friday (strained oblique muscle) and was making his first start since July 22, gave up five hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Bonds hit a long drive to straightway center leading off the second. And with the wind blowing in at 13 mph, Juan Pierre was able to retreat and make the catch. But the wind couldn't hold up his drive to right in the fourth.

Before the game, Baker said Bond has the skill to keep playing.

"If he wants to. If he wants to. It all depends when you get tired of outside stuff," Baker said. "That's a lot of it. You start wondering, `Is it worth it?' Are you tired of being away from your family? Different things. Do you get tired of traveling? Do you get tired of hotels?"

Notes

  • After Bonds walks this season, Giants hitters that immediately follow are 33-for-93 (.355) with six homers and 43 RBI.
  • Bond now has 44 career homers against the Cubs. Entering the game, he had a .247 lifetime average against Chicago, his lowest average against any NL team.
  • Before taking pregame batting practice, Bonds gave a big hug to Darren Baker, son of the Cubs' manager.
  • Former Giants and Cubs reliever Rod Beck threw out the first pitch and sang during the seventh-inning stretch.
 
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Barry Bonds' bat is heating up as of late. His average is up to .262 and he hits his 20th HR of the year.  (AP)
Barry Bonds' bat is heating up as of late. His average is up to .262 and he hits his 20th HR of the year. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

B. Bonds
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF-RF5000004
Omar Vizquel, SS4000000
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4000010
Barry Bonds, LF3211110
    Todd Linden, LF0000000
Ray Durham, 2B4122010
Moises Alou, RF4111001
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000
    Armando Benitez, P0000000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000100
Eliezer Alfonzo, C4020001
Matt Cain, P2010000
    Steve Finley, CF1000011
Totals34474247 
Batting
HR - Barry Bonds (, Marshall), Ray Durham (, Marshall), Moises Alou (, Marshall)
SH - Matt Cain ()
RBI - Barry Bonds (), Ray Durham 2 (), Moises Alou ()
2-OUT RBI - Barry Bonds (), Ray Durham 2 (), Moises Alou ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Vizquel-Durham-Hillenbrand
E - Pedro Feliz (, )
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (W,-) 7.2410270
Vinnie Chulk (H,) 0.1000000
Armando Benitez (H,) 0.1211101
Mike Stanton (S,) 0.2000010
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 117-81, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Armando Benitez 22-14, Mike Stanton 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 6-10, Vinnie Chulk 1-0, Armando Benitez 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 29, Vinnie Chulk 1, Armando Benitez 4, Mike Stanton 1
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4010000
Freddie Bynum, 2B3000111
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010001
Derrek Lee, 1B4221001
Jacque Jones, RF4010010
Michael Barrett, C2000012
    Henry Blanco, C2000011
Angel Pagan, LF2000111
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000
   a- Ryan Theriot, PH0000100
Ronny Cedeno, SS4011022
Sean Marshall, P2000012
    David Aardsma, P0000000
    Will Ohman, P0000000
    Matt Murton, LF1000000
Totals322623811 
a-walked for Eyre in the 9th
Batting
HR - Derrek Lee (, Benitez)
RBI - Derrek Lee (), Ronny Cedeno ()
2-OUT RBI - Ronny Cedeno ()
SB - Jacque Jones (, 2nd base off Benitez/Alfonzo)
PK - Ryan Theriot (, Stanton)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Freddie Bynum (, )
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,-) 5.2544213
David Aardsma 1.2000010
Will Ohman 0.1000010
Michael Wuertz 0.2200000
Scott Eyre 0.2000010
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 90-52, David Aardsma 18-11, Will Ohman 5-3, Michael Wuertz 20-14, Scott Eyre 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 10-7, David Aardsma 3-1, Scott Eyre 1-0
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 25, David Aardsma 5, Will Ohman 1, Michael Wuertz 4, Scott Eyre 2
Game Information
Attendance - 40135
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Gerry Davis