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Bonds within 14 of Aaron; Giants extend winning streak to seven

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- As Barry Bonds inches closer to Hank Aaron's career home run record, he's leading the San Francisco Giants on their most successful run in nearly three years.

Bonds hit his 741st career homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, Pedro Feliz had the go-ahead homer in the sixth and the Giants beat Los Angeles 6-4 Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to seven games.

San Francisco last won seven straight in June 2004.

"We're putting some runs on the board and that's huge for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "A lot of good things are happening."

Bonds has homered in three of his last four games, moving him within 14 of Aaron's mark. He sent a 1-1 pitch from Randy Wolf into right-center field. It was his second homer off Wolf and first since 1999.

"I think he got it off the end of the bat," Wolf said. "When he hit it, I really didn't think it was going to be a home run. I've given up quite a few to know what they sound like, but he's a guy with kind of superhuman power and he doesn't always need to hit it perfectly."

Bonds went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts before being replaced by pinch-runner Dave Roberts in the eighth. Bonds brushed off reporters after the game.

"It's an exciting time and with men on base, he's just so dangerous," Bochy said about Bonds. "I enjoy watching him."

Noah Lowry (2-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking five. Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

"It was a battle," said Lowry, who didn't get his first victory until last Thursday after coming off a 7-10 record last season. "I wish I'd been able to hold that four-run lead. I made some bad pitches when guys were in scoring position. It was not well-executed on my part."

The Giants jumped on Wolf in the first, scoring four runs before the left-hander got his first out. Rich Aurilia's RBI single preceded Bonds' homer.

"That ball got small real quick," Dodgers manager Grady Little said about Bonds' homer.

Wolf (3-2) allowed five runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one. Twice he retired eight of nine batters -- striking out Bonds twice -- but the homers cost him a chance at a fourth consecutive victory.

"I thought I was going to be more aggressive, really throw the ball over the plate more and try to stop deep counts," Wolf said. "Before I knew it, there were three hits in a row."

Feliz hit a 2-0 pitch from Wolf into right-center field with two outs in the sixth, giving the Giants a 5-4 lead. Wolf followed the trajectory of the ball before hanging his head and throwing his arms in anger.

Ray Durham's RBI single in the eighth of reliever Jonathan Broxton extended San Francisco's lead to 6-4.

"We're doing everything right," Lowry said. "We're hitting, playing defense and stealing bags. Everybody is filling into their role."

The Dodgers -- who lost their third straight -- tied the game in the fourth on an RBI double by Ramon Martinez and Rafael Furcal's RBI single.

They cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Nomar Garciaparra and Russell Martin's run-scoring single.

Notes

  • Bonds tied Pete Rose for fifth in career runs scored with 2,165.
  • Bonds' three RBI moved him past Willie McCovey into first place on the San Francisco Giants' career list with 1,389.
  • Wolf notched his 1,000th career strikeout against Todd Linden in the fifth.
  • Broxton allowed his first run in his last 17 appearances.
 
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Not only does Barry Bonds close within 14 homers of Hank Aaron, he ties Pete Rose in runs.  (AP)
Not only does Barry Bonds close within 14 homers of Hank Aaron, he ties Pete Rose in runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

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

P. Feliz
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, RF4110001 .217
Todd Linden, CF-LF5110042 .219
Rich Aurilia, SS-1B3111100 .315
Barry Bonds, LF4123021 .346
    Dave Roberts, PR-CF0100000 .230
Ray Durham, 2B4011000 .275
Lance Niekro, 1B4000012 .200
    Omar Vizquel, SS0000000 .203
Pedro Feliz, 3B4111021 .226
Bengie Molina, C4010010 .286
Noah Lowry, P3000001 .000
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000 .200
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Totals36686110  
a-grounded out for Hennessey in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bengie Molina (8, Wolf)
HR - Barry Bonds (7, Wolf), Pedro Feliz (3, Wolf)
RBI - Rich Aurilia (11), Barry Bonds 3 (15), Ray Durham (9), Pedro Feliz (7)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz (3)
SB - Dave Roberts (7, 2nd base off Broxton/Martin)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Todd Linden 1
DP - Aurilia-Durham-Niekro
E - Todd Linden (3, Misplayed grounder), Randy Winn (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry (W,2-2) 6.2744540 3.38
Vinnie Chulk (H,2) 0.2000000 3.86
Jack Taschner (H,4) 0.1000110 1.59
Brad Hennessey (H,2) 0.1000000 2.45
Armando Benitez (S,6) 1000010 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 103-63, Vinnie Chulk 9-7, Jack Taschner 10-5, Brad Hennessey 1-1, Armando Benitez 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 11-2, Brad Hennessey 1-0
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 29, Vinnie Chulk 2, Jack Taschner 2, Brad Hennessey 1, Armando Benitez 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5121001 .192
Juan Pierre, CF4010001 .278
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3001101 .299
Jeff Kent, 2B2110200 .329
Luis Gonzalez, LF3000122 .300
Russell Martin, C3021100 .338
Andre Ethier, RF3100013 .226
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000001 .200
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Ramon Martinez, 3B3111000 .200
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH1000000 .200
Randy Wolf, P1000111 .222
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   c- Wilson Valdez, PH1000010 .303
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Brady Clark, RF1000010 .318
Totals3147466  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Ethier in the 8th
b-flied out for Martinez in the 9th
c-struck out for Seanez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (5, Lowry), Ramon Martinez (2, Lowry)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (4), Nomar Garciaparra (16), Russell Martin (15), Ramon Martinez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (3), Russell Martin (3)
CS - Nomar Garciaparra (1, 2nd base by Lowry/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Rafael Furcal (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (L,3-2) 6655162 4.20
Rudy Seanez 1000010 4.50
Jonathan Broxton 1211020 0.77
Takashi Saito 1000010 0.93
HBP - Winn (by Takashi Saito)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 103-61, Rudy Seanez 14-10, Jonathan Broxton 17-14, Takashi Saito 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-7, Rudy Seanez 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 26, Rudy Seanez 3, Jonathan Broxton 5, Takashi Saito 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43963
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings