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Bonds blasts No. 732, Giants still fall to Rockies

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit one ball over the fence and another almost through it. This time, the San Francisco slugger's feats weren't enough.

Bonds had three RBI, yet the Giants lost ground in the playoff races with a 9-8 defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Bonds homered in the ninth to pull the Giants within a run, and it appeared Todd Greene's high fly might have enough to be the game-winner.

Then the Rockies denied the Giants with another fine defensive play. Right fielder Brad Hawpe robbed Greene -- certain he had a hit -- with a nice running catch at the warning track.

"That's spectacular," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I don't know if we have another guy who could make that play."

Bonds hit his 732nd career home run and 24th this season leading off the ninth, moving the slugger within 23 of tying home run king Hank Aaron's record 755 and one shy of matching Aaron's National League record. Bonds connected against Brian Fuentes for the second time.

Bonds also hit a crazy ground-rule double for San Francisco, which dropped into third place in the NL wild-card race 2½ games behind San Diego and one behind the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants are four back of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.

Stepping in to chants of "Barry! Barry!" Bonds lined a shot to right field in the bottom of the fifth that got stuck in a screened part of the wall. The ball became lodged above the reach of Jeff Baker, near an area where fans can watch from outside the ballpark, and resulted in a two-run, ground-rule double.

It was Bonds' 584th career double, moving the slugger past Robin Yount and into sole possession of 15th place on the all-time list.

Despite Bonds' efforts, the Giants couldn't overcome the Rockies seven-run fifth inning that helped Jason Jennings win for the first time in more than six weeks. Hawpe's catch with two runners on preserved the lead and got Fuentes his 26th save in 31 chances.

Jennings (8-12) ended a seven-start winless stretch in which he had dropped his last three decisions since beating the Padres on July 30. He also reached the 200-innings mark for the second time in his career -- a feat accomplished only eight other times in franchise history.

"I'll take it at this point," Jennings said. "I've had some tough losses."

Jennings, who had four straight no-decisions against San Francisco since beating the Giants on June 5, 2004, at Coors Field, allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked two. Closer Fuentes threw a wild pitch on his first offering to advance runners to second and third before recovering to get Shea Hillenbrand on a flyout for the third out in the eighth.

With the game tied at 1 in the fifth, the Rockies scored seven runs. Jamey Carroll had an RBI single and Todd Helton walked to chase Noah Lowry (7-9). After a wild pitch scored Jennings, Baker hit a two-run single that made it 5-1.

"We couldn't stop it," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said.

Chris Iannetta walked for the second time in the inning to bring home another run, then Choo Freeman singled before Jennings grounded out. The seven runs tied the Rockies' most in one inning this year, the third time they've done it.

"We haven't had trouble throwing strikes for a while," Greene said. "The strike zone just left us that inning and they made us pay for it."

After Greene's one-out double in the bottom half of the inning, Scott Munter doubled him home for the pitcher's first major league hit in his first career at-bat.

Lowry, pitching for the first time since missing a start with elbow irritation, lost his second straight start, going only 4 1/3 innings after lasting just five innings in his previous outing. He hasn't beaten the Rockies in five starts since a 13-6 victory on April 15, 2005.

Giants ace Jason Schmidt was undergoing treatment on his upper back after the game and his start Friday in St. Louis was in question.

San Francisco second baseman Ray Durham bruised his right hip on a headfirst slide and was day-to-day.

Notes

  • Jennings also pitched 200 innings in 2004.
  • San Francisco announced before the game that closer Armando Benitez is done for the season because of inflammation in his right knee.
  • The Giants' Mark Sweeney had a pinch-hit single in the seventh for No. 139 of his career, tying him for fifth on the all-time list with Dave Hansen.
  • Bonds has hit 53 homers in the ninth inning.
  • Fuentes is 9-for-9 in save opportunities against the Giants, converting all five this year.
 
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Bonds is able to send off homer No. 732, but his Giants are failing to keep their playoff hopes alive.  (AP)
Bonds is able to send off homer No. 732, but his Giants are failing to keep their playoff hopes alive. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Bonds
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

J. Carroll
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B5221000 .297
Todd Helton, 1B4111110 .297
Garrett Atkins, 3B4100121 .323
Matt Holliday, LF4020003 .335
Jeff Baker, RF4112002 .250
    Brad Hawpe, RF1000001 .291
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3200212 .244
Chris Iannetta, C2012201 .229
Choo Freeman, CF4112002 .248
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Jason Jennings, P2100102 .133
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
    Nate Field, P0000000 .000
    Mike Venafro, P0000000 .000
    Cory Sullivan, CF1000010 .274
Totals349887514 
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (22, Lowry), Todd Helton (34, Lowry), Matt Holliday (41, Kline), Chris Iannetta (1, Taschner)
RBI - Jamey Carroll (34), Todd Helton (72), Jeff Baker 2 (4), Chris Iannetta 2 (7), Choo Freeman 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (21), Jeff Baker 2 (3), Chris Iannetta 2 (3), Choo Freeman 2 (10)
SB - Choo Freeman (4, 3rd base off Lowry/Greene)
CS - Matt Holliday (5, 2nd base by Taschner/Greene)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Carroll-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Jennings (W,8-12) 5.1855230 3.61
Tom Martin (H,9) 1111000 4.39
Nate Field 0.1000010 3.86
Mike Venafro0011100 13.50
Manuel Corpas (H,3) 1300110 2.39
Brian Fuentes (S,26) 1.1111201 3.55
WP - Jason Jennings (9), Brian Fuentes (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 90-57, Tom Martin 10-7, Nate Field 6-4, Mike Venafro 4-0, Manuel Corpas 21-14, Brian Fuentes 27-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 7-6, Tom Martin 2-0, Manuel Corpas 2-0, Brian Fuentes 2-2
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 26, Tom Martin 3, Nate Field 1, Mike Venafro 1, Manuel Corpas 7, Brian Fuentes 7
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF5010021 .257
Omar Vizquel, SS4220100 .301
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B5111013 .280
Barry Bonds, LF4223100 .262
Ray Durham, 2B2100111 .298
    Kevin Frandsen, 2B0000000 .232
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1010000 .258
    Tomas De La Rosa, 2B0000000 .125
   b- Lance Niekro, PH1000000 .253
Moises Alou, RF3023100 .295
    Jason Ellison, PR0000000 .219
Pedro Feliz, 3B4010103 .251
Todd Greene, C4120112 .283
Noah Lowry, P1000002 .143
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .261
    Scott Munter, P11110001.000
   c- Todd Linden, PH1000001 .291
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
   d- Steve Finley, PH1000000 .246
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
   e- Eliezer Alfonzo, PH1000002 .270
Totals3881386515 
a-singled for Frandsen in the 7th
b-grounded out for De La Rosa in the 9th
c-grounded into a double play for Munter in the 6th
d-grounded out for Taschner in the 8th
e-grounded out for Kline in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shea Hillenbrand (26, J. Jennings), Barry Bonds (20, J. Jennings), Moises Alou (20, Corpas), Todd Greene (12, J. Jennings), Scott Munter (1, J. Jennings)
HR - Barry Bonds (24, Fuentes)
SF - Moises Alou (4)
RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (64), Barry Bonds 3 (67), Moises Alou 3 (61), Scott Munter (1)
2-OUT RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (21), Barry Bonds 2 (31), Moises Alou 2 (14)
SB - Ray Durham (6, 3rd base off J. Jennings/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Todd Greene (1, ), Noah Lowry (2, )
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry (L,7-9) 4.1455340 4.19
Jamey Wright 0.1133200 5.03
Scott Munter 1.1100100 7.20
Jack Taschner 2111110 9.88
Steve Kline 1100000 3.56
HBP - Holliday (by Jack Taschner)
WP - Jamey Wright (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 88-50, Jamey Wright 15-5, Scott Munter 16-9, Jack Taschner 29-16, Steve Kline 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 9-0, Scott Munter 4-0, Jack Taschner 1-3, Steve Kline 2-1
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 20, Jamey Wright 4, Scott Munter 6, Jack Taschner 8, Steve Kline 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34847
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover