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No. 729 helps Bonds, Giants push past Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Felipe Alou doesn't care about the boos that greet Barry Bonds at the plate. The San Francisco Giants manager instead focuses on the slugger's sweet, powerful left-handed swing.

Bonds homered for the second straight game, giving him 729 for his career, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Sunday. He led off the eighth with his 21st homer, a drive to left-center off Les Walrond, making the Cubs reliever the 431st pitcher to surrender a homer to the Giants left fielder.

"That was a beautiful thing, that line drive," Alou said. "It reminds me of three years ago, two years ago. It's a beautiful swing. We have a very promising September with his swing."

Shea Hillenbrand also homered to cap the Giants' four-run fifth as San Francisco kept pace in the NL wild-card race. The Giants remained 2½ games behind San Diego, which beat Cincinnati 2-1 on Sunday.

The Giants are tied with the Reds in the wild-card race and travel to Cincinnati for a three-game series starting Monday and then play host to the Padres next weekend.

Bonds, 26 home runs shy of Hank Aaron's record of 755, has five in his last 11 games and is hitting .500 (16-for-32) during that span to raise his average from .235 to .263.

"We all know the situation of what he's trying to do," said Giants pitcher Jason Schmidt, who earned the win Sunday. "Having him in the lineup, doing what he's doing now, he's starting to get hot again and be the Barry of old. He's really picked up our offense. It's done a 180."

Schmidt (11-8) gave up three runs in seven innings, giving up eight hits and two walks. He struck out five and threw 112 pitches and won his seventh straight decision over the Cubs since 2000.

Mike Stanton got the final four outs for his fifth save in seven chances. The Cubs had cut the lead to 6-4 when he came in in the eighth, but Stanton only faced three batters because Ronny Cedeno was caught stealing second with two on and two outs.

"That baserunning mistake took us out of the game in the eighth," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

Omar Vizquel had three hits, including a two-run triple in the fifth and an RBI triple in the ninth for the Giants.

"There was a feeling here that he would get the day off today," Alou said. "I resisted that feeling."

Reliever Michael Wuertz (1-1) allowed two runs and two hits without recording an out in the fifth.

With the Giants trailing 3-1, starter Angel Guzman left after walking Steve Finley to put two on with one out. Guzman then left the game with a cramp in his right forearm and Wuertz replaced him with a 1-0 count on Vizquel. The Giants shortstop hit a triple to right to tie it. Hillenbrand then hit his seventh home run.

"I think (Wuertz) tried to go up with the fastball and he missed on the plate a little bit," Hillenbrand said. "I was able to do something with it. I was probably more shocked than anyone."

Added Baker: "It basically boils down to a walk at the wrong time and then the home run."

Will Ohman replaced Wuertz and walked Bonds on five pitches before Ray Durham flew out to end the inning.

Bonds went 1-for-3 with his 105th walk of the season. He had limited chances of driving in runs, leading off the inning in three of four at-bats. He also walked after Hillenbrand's homer.

Bonds popped up in his first at-bat and struck out in his second. Todd Linden replaced Bonds in left to start the bottom of the eighth.

Guzman gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead in the fourth with a successful suicide squeeze bunt that scored Cedeno.

The Cubs scored two in the third on Jacque Jones' single, and he scored from third on Schmidt's balk. Pinch-hitter Derrek Lee's sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 6-4.

The short-handed Cubs started rookie catcher Geovany Soto, who got his first major league hit in his first start, and used backup catcher Henry Blanco at first base. Blanco hadn't played first in a game since Sept. 27, 1997, when he was with the Dodgers. This was his first start.

Guzman left with a cramp in his right forearm. He called for a trainer after a 3-0 count to Steve Finley, but stayed in, walking Finley on the next pitch. He called for a trainer again after one pitch to Vizquel.

"I've had this problem twice in Triple-A because of the humidity and the weather," Guzman said. "But the doctors think maybe it's normal. Cramps happen."

He pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up three runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He said he should be able to make his next start.

Notes

  • Jones left the game in the top of the ninth because of an infection in his left eye's tear duct had worsened, causing his eye to swell. He is day-to-day.
  • Pierre went 4-for-5 with a double.
  • Cubs catcher Michael Barrett was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday after undergoing surgery Saturday night for bleeding in his scrotum. He was injured by a foul tip in Saturday's game.
  • Blanco was forced into action at first because John Mabry's back has been bothering him, and Lee was scheduled for a day off.
 
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Barry Bonds is one step closer to Hank Aaron after connecting on a 1-0 pitch in the eighth inning.  (AP)
Barry Bonds is one step closer to Hank Aaron after connecting on a 1-0 pitch in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Pierre
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
San Francisco

O. Vizquel
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
San Francisco Giants
Steve Finley, CF2200310
Omar Vizquel, SS5133011
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B5112013
Barry Bonds, LF3111110
    Todd Linden, LF0000000
Ray Durham, 2B4110021
Moises Alou, RF4010010
    Jack Taschner, P0000000
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000
    Kevin Correia, P0000000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000
Pedro Feliz, 3B3001010
Eliezer Alfonzo, C3110010
Jason Schmidt, P2000012
    Randy Winn, RF1000010
Totals327874117 
Batting
3B - Omar Vizquel 2 (, Wuertz, Dempster)
HR - Shea Hillenbrand (, Wuertz), Barry Bonds (, Walrond)
SF - Pedro Feliz ()
SH - Jason Schmidt ()
RBI - Omar Vizquel 3 (), Shea Hillenbrand 2 (), Barry Bonds (), Pedro Feliz ()
2-OUT RBI - Omar Vizquel 3 (), Shea Hillenbrand 2 ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Durham-Hillenbrand
San Francisco Giants
Jason Schmidt (W,-) 7833250
Jack Taschner (H,) 0.1000000
Vinnie Chulk0111200
Kevin Correia (H,) 0.1000000
Mike Stanton (S,) 1.1000000
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 112-74, Jack Taschner 5-3, Vinnie Chulk 18-9, Kevin Correia 1-1, Mike Stanton 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 8-7, Jack Taschner 1-0, Mike Stanton 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 30, Jack Taschner 1, Vinnie Chulk 3, Kevin Correia 1, Mike Stanton 3
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF5140000
Ryan Theriot, 2B4000102
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000102
Jacque Jones, RF4111002
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000
Matt Murton, LF3110112
Henry Blanco, 1B-C4010011
Ronny Cedeno, SS3110110
Geovany Soto, C3010011
   a- Derrek Lee, PH-1B0001000
Angel Guzman, P1001011
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000
    Will Ohman, P0000000
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000
   b- Buck Coats, PH1000000
    Les Walrond, P0000000
    Bob Howry, P0000000
   c- Angel Pagan, PH-RF1000000
Totals324934511 
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Soto in the 8th
b-fouled out for Novoa in the 6th
c-announced for Howry in the 8th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (, Schmidt), Matt Murton (, Schmidt), Ronny Cedeno (, Schmidt)
SF - Derrek Lee ()
SH - Angel Guzman ()
RBI - Jacque Jones (), Derrek Lee (), Angel Guzman ()
2-OUT RBI - Jacque Jones ()
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Blanco
Chicago Cubs
Angel Guzman 4.2333240
Michael Wuertz (L,-)0222001
Will Ohman 0.1000100
Roberto Novoa 1000010
Les Walrond 1211021
Bob Howry 1000030
Ryan Dempster 1111110
HBP - Alfonzo (by Angel Guzman)
Pitches-Strikes - Angel Guzman 78-50, Michael Wuertz 11-8, Will Ohman 9-4, Roberto Novoa 12-9, Les Walrond 20-14, Bob Howry 12-9, Ryan Dempster 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Angel Guzman 3-6, Roberto Novoa 1-1, Ryan Dempster 1-1
Batters Faced - Angel Guzman 19, Michael Wuertz 2, Will Ohman 2, Roberto Novoa 3, Les Walrond 5, Bob Howry 3, Ryan Dempster 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40702
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman