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MILWAUKEE -- Bud Selig joined the crowd that came out to watch Barry Bonds. All the commissioner saw was a long fly and an 0-for-4.
Bonds went hitless and stayed put at 753 home runs in the San Francisco Giants' 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, moving no closer to the record 755 held by Selig's good friend, Hank Aaron.
Bonds started the series opener in the city where Hammerin' Hank began and ended his career -- and on the 31st anniversary of Aaron's final home run, no less. He hit No. 755 on July 20, 1976, at now-demolished County Stadium.
The Giants were able to win without a big hit from Bonds.
"Any time you have a hitter in the lineup like Barry, you've got to be careful," Brewers starting pitcher Jeff Suppan said. "And you try to stay away from damage. Basically, they were able to manufacture some runs and drive in some runs."
Bonds grounded out, popped out, flied out and struck out. He also walked, and his Giants ended an eight-game losing streak in Milwaukee dating to May 4, 2006. The San Francisco star was booed lustily by the sellout crowd each time he stepped into the batter's box, but the camera flashes lit up the ballpark on a cool night in Brew City.
The closest he came to a homer was a deep drive to center that was caught in the seventh.
Afterward, Bonds had a team spokesman tell the huge crowd of reporters gathered around his locker that he wasn't talking and everybody should go "talk to his teammates."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he would chat with Bonds before Saturday's afternoon game and decide then whether Bonds will start.
Guillermo Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh for San Francisco, which rallied with three straight walks against Carlos Villanueva (6-2) to win for only the second time in nine games. Rodriguez also had an RBI single in the fourth, and all six of his major league hits have come with runners in scoring position.
"I just try to concentrate more when I've got runners in scoring position," said Rodriguez, involved in a hard fifth-inning collision at the plate with Rickie Weeks. "That's huge in this game."
Noah Lowry (10-7) allowed five hits and four runs in six innings, winning for the fourth time in five starts. Randy Messenger pitched two scoreless innings of relief, then Steve Kline and Brad Hennessey finished up.
While Selig had an easy time getting to the stadium in his home city, he remained noncommittal about whether he will attend games elsewhere -- like back in San Francisco next week -- when Bonds moves closer to Aaron's mark. Selig said he did not speak to Bonds.
"But as far as I'm concerned, you have to use what I call common sense," Selig said. "I thought he's playing here, a game important in the pennant race and I'm here. I'm glad to be here. And I'll be back tomorrow and Sunday."
Bonds, who turns 43 on Tuesday, connected twice Thursday against the Chicago Cubs in a 9-8 loss at Wrigley Field.
A night later, he grounded out to second on the second pitch he saw in the first inning, walked on eight pitches in the third for his 96th free pass, popped out to second in the fifth and flied out to deep center in the seventh. He was called out on strikes in the eighth, and the fans at Miller Park cheered in delight.
Suppan's winless stretch reached five starts for the NL Central-leading Brewers, whose defeat allowed the Cubs to move within 2 1/2 games in the division race. Chicago beat Arizona 6-2 at home, cutting Milwaukee's lead to its slimmest margin since April 28.
"We don't control what they do," Prince Fielder said. "I don't think anybody's paying attention to the Cubs."
After Bonds popped out in the fifth, he returned to the dugout to discuss things with hitting coach Joe Lefebvre. Bonds credited Lefebvre for his film work and helping the slugger get things "corrected" this week. On Thursday, Bonds ended an 0-for-21 slump, his worst in six years since he set the single-season home run record in 2001 with 73.
"Barry has a lot of pride," Bochy said. "He works out every day. He wasn't happy with the way he was hitting."
The last-place Giants are in a tough spot: excited about Bonds' quest but also ready for it to end considering their recent struggles and all the added attention.
"I want to see it -- soon," Giants third baseman Pedro Feliz said, "in a winning streak."
The Brewers said a fan tried to climb on top of the Giants' dugout in the eighth inning and was removed by security.
|No, it's not a dinger this time for Barry Bonds. It's just a deep fly ball to the warning track. (Getty Images)|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Dave Roberts, CF||6||1||3||1||0||1||0||.241|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||6||0||3||0||0||3||1||.241|
|Randy Winn, RF||4||2||2||0||1||0||2||.295|
|Barry Bonds, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.282|
|Fred Lewis, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Ryan Klesko, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||1||6||.279|
|Rich Aurilia, 2B||3||2||2||1||2||0||0||.243|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||1||1||1||2||0||1||.242|
|Guillermo Rodriguez, C||5||1||2||3||0||1||5||.250|
|Noah Lowry, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.049|
|a- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.203|
|Randy Messenger, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Kevin Frandsen, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Steve Kline, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Hennessey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Lowry in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Messenger in the 9th|
|2B - Dave Roberts (6, Suppan), Rich Aurilia (13, Suppan)|
|RBI - Dave Roberts (12), Ryan Klesko (29), Rich Aurilia (22), Pedro Feliz (40), Guillermo Rodriguez 3 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dave Roberts (4), Ryan Klesko (13), Rich Aurilia (9), Pedro Feliz (21), Guillermo Rodriguez 2 (4)|
|SB - Dave Roberts (18, 2nd base off Balfour/D. Miller)|
|CS - Omar Vizquel (4, 2nd base by Shouse/D. Miller)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|E - Guillermo Rodriguez (2, Missed catch of throw)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Noah Lowry (W,10-7)||6||5||4||3||3||4||0||3.55|
|Randy Messenger (H,10)||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.96|
|HBP - Hart (by Noah Lowry)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 89-53, Randy Messenger 25-18, Steve Kline 11-5, Brad Hennessey 5-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 9-5, Randy Messenger 2-3, Steve Kline 1-0, Brad Hennessey 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 27, Randy Messenger 7, Steve Kline 2, Brad Hennessey 2|
|Corey Hart, CF-RF||4||2||1||0||0||0||2||.290|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.271|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Gabe Gross, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.202|
|Ryan Braun, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.339|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.283|
|Kevin Mench, RF-LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.283|
|Tony Graffanino, LF-2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.247|
|Damian Miller, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.279|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||1||1||1||0||2||0||0||.217|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Grant Balfour, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Counsell, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Jeff Suppan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.105|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-CF||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||.286|
|a-flied out for Parra in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Shouse in the 6th|
|2B - Kevin Mench (14, Lowry)|
|3B - Corey Hart (3, Lowry)|
|SH - Jeff Suppan 2 (4)|
|RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (56), Kevin Mench (28)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Brian Shouse (H,13)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.49|
|Carlos Villanueva (BS,1; L,6-2)||0.2||1||3||3||3||0||0||3.68|
|WP - Jeff Suppan 2 (4), Carlos Villanueva (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 97-57, Brian Shouse 11-7, Carlos Villanueva 30-12, Grant Balfour 20-10, Derrick Turnbow 17-6, Manny Parra 15-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 4-8, Carlos Villanueva 1-1, Manny Parra 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 26, Brian Shouse 3, Carlos Villanueva 6, Grant Balfour 4, Derrick Turnbow 4, Manny Parra 4|
|Attendance - 43121|
|Game Time - 3:19|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino|