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Bonds sits, Lowry, Aurilia help Giants squeak by Braves

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds paced around the dugout with a bat in his hand, ready to pinch hit if called upon.

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On this night, the San Francisco Giants were able to manage a rare win without their star slugger in the lineup.

Rich Aurilia hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and Noah Lowry held Atlanta scoreless after allowing a run in the first to help the Giants beat the Braves 2-1 Wednesday.

With Bonds resting after playing 13 innings Tuesday night, the Giants stopped their three-game losing streak behind strong pitching from Lowry (11-7), who allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings.

"Wow, what a great job he did," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He threw the ball well. He threw the ball as well tonight as he has all year. We needed some length in his outing. Eight solid innings, that's what you need after a 13-inning game."

Aurilia and fill-in cleanup hitter Pedro Feliz provided the offense with Bonds sitting out. Feliz had two hits and an RBI and Aurilia's solo homer off Chuck James (8-8) gave the Giants a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

Lowry and closer Brad Hennessey made that stand up, giving the Giants just their sixth win in 19 games with Bonds out of the starting lineup.

Lowry appreciated the chance to stay in the game for the eighth inning after allowing a leadoff single to Yunel Escobar. He responded by striking out Edgar Renteria and Chipper Jones and retiring Andruw Jones on a foul pop.

"That's huge," Lowry said. "He could have taken me out at that point. He had Vinnie (Chulk) ready to go. He's shown that confidence in me all year."

Hennessey earned his seventh save in nine chances despite allowing Jeff Francoeur's leadoff double in the ninth. Francoeur went to third on Matt Diaz's groundout but was left there when Hennessey struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson to end it.

"We had them on the ropes there at the end but we couldn't come through," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

Bochy said Bonds would probably be back in the lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale to continue his pursuit of Hank Aaron's career home run record of 755.

"I'm sure his day off helped him, freshened him up," Bochy said.

Bonds is 2-for-14 since hitting home runs No. 752 and 753 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field last Thursday, moving within two of tying Aaron's record. Since hitting a single at Cincinnati on July 5, he is batting .132 (5-for-38) as his chase of Aaron has slowed to a crawl.

"I don't feel bad," Bonds said before the game. "I'm getting like one hit. I want to get two."

Bonds appeared ready to pinch hit if needed in the eighth inning, but didn't get the chance, meaning commissioner Bud Selig and the soldout stadium full of Giants fans will need to wait another day to see the chase continue.

Lowry got into a bit of trouble early when he hit Escobar with a pitch to open the game and allowed consecutive one-out singles to Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones to drive in the game's first run. But Lowry got Francoeur to hit into an inning-ending double play, one of three he induced on the night.

Atlanta didn't get another runner as far as third base against Lowry, who has been the Giants' best pitcher this season, winning five of his last six starts and improving to 8-2 at home.

"I've always liked him," Cox said. "He knows how to pitch. He's really sneaky quick. He only throws 88 (mph) at the highest but he looks much faster than that. I like him a lot."

San Francisco tied the game in the third when Randy Winn doubled and scored on Feliz's two-out single. Aurilia broke the tie with his fourth home run to lead off the sixth inning.

James allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out five and walking two.

"Chuck pitched great," Francoeur said. "It seems like every night he goes out there and gives up one or two runs in six, seven innings. That's all you can ask for. He's doing a phenomenal job. We just couldn't score any runs for him, which is unfortunate because he pitched well."

Notes

  • The Giants are 36-44 when Bonds starts.
  • Bonds has never faced Buddy Carlyle, Atlanta's scheduled starter Thursday.
  • James has allowed more than three earned runs only four times in 21 starts this season.
  • The Braves are 4-4 in their last eight games even though their starters have a 2.00 ERA in that span.
  • Pitching coach Dave Righetti rejoined the Giants after missing the previous five games for personal reasons.
 
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Barry takes the night off after going 1-for-5 with no HRs in a 13-inning loss on Tuesday.  (Getty Images)
Barry takes the night off after going 1-for-5 with no HRs in a 13-inning loss on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

N. Lowry
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
San Francisco

R. Aurilia
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, 2B3110001 .305
Edgar Renteria, SS4010012 .335
Chipper Jones, 3B4010012 .346
Andruw Jones, CF4011011 .214
Jeff Francoeur, RF4020001 .294
Matt Diaz, LF3010101 .349
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4010013 .284
Julio Franco, 1B2000112 .192
   a- Kelly Johnson, PH1000011 .293
Chuck James, P2000001 .171
   b- Chris Woodward, PH1000002 .221
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
Totals3218126  
a-struck out for Franco in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for James in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jeff Francoeur (24, Hennessey)
RBI - Andruw Jones (66)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Escobar-Franco
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James (L,8-8) 6722251 3.55
Chad Paronto 2200000 3.66
WP - Chuck James (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chuck James 105-67, Chad Paronto 30-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chuck James 5-7, Chad Paronto 3-3
Batters Faced - Chuck James 26, Chad Paronto 8
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, CF4010010 .251
Randy Winn, RF4120001 .295
Ray Durham, 2B4000013 .237
Pedro Feliz, 3B4021001 .252
Rich Aurilia, 1B4121003 .243
Guillermo Rodriguez, C3010120 .267
Kevin Frandsen, SS3000001 .238
    Omar Vizquel, SS1000002 .243
Fred Lewis, LF2010100 .273
Noah Lowry, P3000012 .045
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
Totals3229225  
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (25, James), Pedro Feliz (16, James)
HR - Rich Aurilia (4, James)
RBI - Pedro Feliz (48), Rich Aurilia (25)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz (26)
SB - Dave Roberts (20, 2nd base off James/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Durham-Aurilia, Durham-Frandsen-Aurilia, Feliz-Durham-Aurilia
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry (W,11-7) 8711240 3.40
Brad Hennessey (S,7) 1100020 3.21
HBP - Escobar (by Noah Lowry)
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 104-69, Brad Hennessey 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 8-9, Brad Hennessey 1-0
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 31, Brad Hennessey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42834
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Bruce Froemming