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Bonds' pinch-hit single starts San Francisco's treat of an 8th inning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Barry Bonds stood in front of his locker and joked with reporters. Snapping a four-game losing streak will put a star in a good mood, especially when he had a hand in the win.

The San Francisco Giants rallied in the eighth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Wednesday, perhaps ending their slump in time to stay in the playoff race.

Bonds had a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie. San Francisco scored five runs in the inning.

The Giants trail first-place San Diego by four games in the NL West and Los Angeles by 3½ games in the wild-card race with 11 games remaining. They had lost six of eight.

"We needed it," Bonds said. "No doubt about it."

Asked if the Giants could still be a factor in the playoff hunt, Bonds just stared straight ahead.

"Time will tell," he said. "It's going to be tough, though."

Steve Finley has seen enough crazy things happen in baseball to know it's not over yet.

"Unfortunately, we need help," Finley said. "But we don't give up. We haven't done it this year and we're not going to start now."

If San Francisco does get in, Wednesday's eighth inning might go down as a big reason. The Giants trailed 3-2 going into the eighth.

Ray Durham's double scored Todd Linden to tie the game, and Bonds' single brought home pinch-runner Fred Lewis. Todd Greene followed with a two-run triple off the wall and then scored on Moises Alou's double.

"Hopefully, this win will help us get a streak going or something like that," Greene said.

Brian Wilson (2-3) got the win and Manuel Corpas, who hadn't given up a run in his last eight outings, took the loss. Corpas (1-2) gave up three runs without recording an out.

Mike Stanton worked the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances with the Giants, getting a double play with two on to end it.

Alou's day off ended in the seventh when his father summoned him for pinch-hit duty. With a runner on, two outs and the Giants trailing 2-0, Alou came through with a two-run homer, the third pinch-hit shot of his career.

Giants manager Felipe Alou couldn't help but gush after the game.

"He's a guy who thrives in big at-bats," Felipe Alou said. "He likes to be there when the pressure's on."

Same with Bonds?

"Yeah, of course," Alou said. "There's not much more I can say about Barry."

Jason Schmidt, who skipped his start last Friday due to tightness in his lower back, tied a season high with seven walks. He was pulled after walking J.D. Closser following a three-run triple by Brad Hawpe in the fifth.

Schmidt gave up four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He eclipsed the 200-inning mark for the fifth time in his career.

Felipe Alou thought Schmidt's injury was a factor in his performance.

"I don't think something is right," the manager said. "We all appreciated his effort."

The same can be said of Aaron Cook, who pitched six scoreless innings for Colorado, giving up a season-low three hits, but didn't get the win.

"I thought he gave us everything he had and put us in a position to win," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "After that we weren't able to do what we had to do."

Hawpe tripled in three runs with a two-out liner into the right-field corner in the fifth. Hawpe was hitting .235 with runners in scoring position before his hit that broke up a scoreless tie.

"He was going to give me something to hit and I didn't want to miss the best pitch to hit," Hawpe said about swinging at the first pitch.

Finley's two-out triple in the fourth was his 12th of the season, tying him with Willie Mays for the most in team history during one season.

"It's a great honor to be mentioned with him," Finley said.

Bonds had no idea that Finley had tied his godfather for the team record for triples, but he's not surprised.

"He hits and runs," Bonds said. "Unlike me, who hits and watches. It takes me three hours to get out of the batter's box."

Notes

  • Garrett Atkins went 9-for-13 with five extra-base hits and 10 RBI in the series.
  • The teams combined for 17 walks.
  • Bonds moved past Jimmie Foxx and into sole possession of fifth place on the career list with his 1,923rd RBI.
 
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While Ray Durham gets tagged out at home in the eighth, the Giants do put five on the board.  (AP)
While Ray Durham gets tagged out at home in the eighth, the Giants do put five on the board. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

M. Alou
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, RF2000200 .256
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Ellison, PH-RF1000001 .221
Todd Linden, LF3120201 .302
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4010013 .281
    Fred Lewis, PR0100000 .667
    Lance Niekro, 1B1000011 .249
Ray Durham, 2B5011012 .294
Steve Finley, CF4110103 .249
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000014 .253
Kevin Frandsen, SS2100100 .241
   b- Barry Bonds, PH1011000 .267
    Omar Vizquel, PR-SS0100000 .303
Todd Greene, C4122011 .289
Jason Schmidt, P2000020 .125
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .231
   c- Mark Sweeney, PH0000000 .260
   d- Moises Alou, PH-RF2123000 .289
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
Totals3571076716 
a-fouled out for Wilson in the 8th
b-singled for Frandsen in the 8th
c-announced for Hennessey in the 7th
d-homered for Sweeney in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ray Durham (27, Corpas), Moises Alou (21, Venafro)
3B - Todd Linden (2, Cook), Steve Finley (12, Cook), Todd Greene (2, Martin)
HR - Moises Alou (18, King)
RBI - Ray Durham (91), Barry Bonds (70), Todd Greene 2 (17), Moises Alou 3 (66)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Greene 2 (9), Moises Alou 3 (19)
SB - Randy Winn (10, 2nd base off Cook/Closser)
PK - Todd Greene (1, Cook)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Greene-Frandsen, Feliz-Niekro
San Francisco Giants
Jason Schmidt 4.2433720 3.50
Brad Hennessey 1.1000300 4.15
Brian Wilson (W,2-3) 1100020 4.91
Vinnie Chulk 1111110 5.32
Mike Stanton (S,8) 1200010 3.90
IBB - Barmes by Jason Schmidt
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 100-51, Brad Hennessey 23-8, Brian Wilson 17-9, Vinnie Chulk 17-9, Mike Stanton 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 7-5, Brad Hennessey 2-2, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Mike Stanton 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 25, Brad Hennessey 7, Brian Wilson 3, Vinnie Chulk 5, Mike Stanton 4
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B4110101 .294
Cory Sullivan, CF3011101 .271
Garrett Atkins, 3B3010212 .328
Matt Holliday, LF3100205 .332
Todd Helton, 1B4120103 .302
Brad Hawpe, RF4013021 .286
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1010000 .283
J.D. Closser, C3010101 .209
   b- Jeff Baker, PH1000012 .323
Clint Barmes, SS3000113 .221
   c- Vinny Castilla, PH1000001 .227
Aaron Cook, P1000112 .055
   d- Kaz Matsui, PH1000000 .252
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .500
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Nate Field, P0000000 .000
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
    Mike Venafro, P0000000 .000
   e- Jeff Salazar, PH0100100 .292
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals3248411622 
a-singled for Hawpe in the 9th
b-struck out for Closser in the 9th
c-grounded into a double play for Barmes in the 9th
d-grounded out for Cook in the 6th
e-walked for Venafro in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cory Sullivan (26, Chulk), Todd Helton (37, Schmidt)
3B - Brad Hawpe (6, Schmidt)
SH - Cory Sullivan (19)
RBI - Cory Sullivan (29), Brad Hawpe 3 (74)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe 3 (22)
CS - J.D. Closser (1, 2nd base by Wilson/Greene)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brad Hawpe 1
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 6300350 4.11
Ramon Ramirez (H,10) 0.2011100 3.36
Ray King (H,14) 0.1111001 3.89
Manuel Corpas (BS,2; L,1-2)0333100 3.18
Nate Field 0.1000010 2.35
Tom Martin 0.1222000 4.55
Mike Venafro 0.1100000 6.75
Brian Fuentes 1000110 3.43
IBB - Finley by Manuel Corpas
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 103-70, Ramon Ramirez 11-4, Ray King 8-3, Manuel Corpas 15-7, Nate Field 6-4, Tom Martin 9-4, Mike Venafro 4-3, Brian Fuentes 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 7-5, Ramon Ramirez 1-1, Ray King 1-0, Brian Fuentes 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 23, Ramon Ramirez 3, Ray King 2, Manuel Corpas 4, Nate Field 1, Tom Martin 2, Mike Venafro 2, Brian Fuentes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19324
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Rick Reed