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Bonds taking pursuit of record to L.A., goes 1-for-4 in loss to Fish

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- All Barry Bonds broke Sunday was his maple bat.

Bonds was 1-for-4 with an infield single on the final day of the San Francisco Giants' homestand, failing to come close to a home run during an 8-5 loss to the Florida Marlins.

Still one from tying Hank Aaron's record of 755, Bonds even took a rare swing on a 3-0 pitch in an effort to reach Hammerin' Hank. Now he takes his quest to a place where his reception figures to be anything but friendly: Dodger Stadium.

"I'm sure the fans will be pretty happy when we get him out. And be pretty mad if he gets a home run," Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. "It's going to add a little intensity to the series, for sure."

Bonds, 1-for-7 with five walks since hitting No. 754 on Friday night, was set to fly home to Beverly Hills after Sunday's game, giving him several nights in his own bed for this coming week. Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn't sure whether Bonds would play Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers or take the night off to rest.

"I think the day off is coming at a good time," Bochy said. "For the most part, he'll be out there."

Bonds would like to set the record at home, but the Giants have a six-game trip to Los Angeles and San Diego before returning for a weeklong homestand against Washington and Pittsburgh. Commissioner Bud Selig, who missed the weekend series for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., planned to be at Dodger Stadium for the series opener.

Before the game, Bonds wouldn't speculate on the reception he'll receive in Los Angeles -- saying he preferred to keep the focus on the team. One reporter asked about his team at Serra High School and suggested there might have been some better batters in his prep lineup.

"There was nobody outhitting me at Serra," Bonds said. "There wasn't anybody better than me at any level."

The seven-time NL MVP watched some film of Marlins starter Sergio Mitre on his personal TV at his corner locker -- but mostly he monitored the Yankees' game at Baltimore to see whether Alex Rodriguez reached the 500-home run mark.

"Are they working in special balls for A-Rod?" Bonds asked, noting he would try to be in the stands to see Rodriguez chase his record someday "if I'm alive."

He grounded out to second leading off the second inning against Mitre (5-5), trying to pull a 3-0 pitch but beating the ball into the infield. He flied out in the fourth, breaking his bat with his best cut in two days. He glanced down not once but twice at the bit of handle left in his hands, carried the chunk of wood back to the dugout, said something to catcher Miguel Olivo on the way and handed the piece to his batboy son, 17-year-old Nikolai, as a souvenir.

Bonds grounded out in the sixth and reached in the eighth when Olivo dropped a high popup near the mound, a play first ruled an error but later changed to a hit.

"We did what we've done all year, which is go after the hitters," Mitre said. "It doesn't matter if it's Barry Bonds or whoever."

Now Dodger Stadium looms ahead for Bonds.

"I don't want to see anybody hit a home run against any of our pitchers," Dodgers manager Grady Little said.

Jeremy Hermida hit a tying RBI double in the seventh off Matt Morris (7-7) and Jason Wood followed with a go-ahead single as the Marlins ended a six-game losing streak and avoided a sweep. Miguel Cabrera homered for the second time this series, doubled, and hit pair of RBI singles on the way to three RBI for Florida.

"I don't even care about Barry Bonds being in the yard," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm just happy to get a win. It seems like it's almost been a month."

Mitre (5-5) was perfect through three innings on 31 pitches, and went after Bonds each time in their first career matchup -- just like Dontrelle Willis did Saturday night. Kevin Gregg finished for his 21st save in 23 opportunities after blowing a chance Saturday night in the Marlins' 4-3 loss.

Morris, 0-4 in eight starts since beating Toronto on June 11, gave up six runs and 13 hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking none.

Ryan Klesko and Guillermo Rodriguez each hit two-run doubles in San Francisco's five-run fourth and Omar Vizquel added an RBI single in the inning. But the Giants couldn't hold a 5-2 lead and saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

Notes

  • Bonds had faced a 3-0 count 65 times previously this season and not once put the ball in play. He was walked on four pitches 48 of those times.
  • The 13 hits allowed by Morris matched the most he's given up in his career. He also did it last month against the Yankees.
  • The Giants sold out at home for the 28th time this year (42,965).
 
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Barry Bonds goes 1-for-4 with an infield single and fails to tie Hank Aaron on this homestand.  (Getty Images)
Barry Bonds goes 1-for-4 with an infield single and fails to tie Hank Aaron on this homestand. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5220001 .342
Dan Uggla, 2B4111030 .255
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5243010 .337
Josh Willingham, LF5121013 .264
Jeremy Hermida, RF3122001 .262
   a- Cody Ross, PH-RF1010000 .299
Jason Wood, 1B5021012 .284
Miguel Olivo, C5010013 .233
Alfredo Amezaga, CF5010004 .270
Sergio Mitre, P2000023 .107
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   b- Todd Linden, PH1110000 .223
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals41817809  
a-singled for Hermida in the 9th
b-singled for Tankersley in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (31, Messenger), Dan Uggla (40, Morris), Miguel Cabrera (28, Morris), Josh Willingham (24, Morris), Jeremy Hermida 2 (16, Morris, Morris)
3B - Josh Willingham (4, Morris)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (25, Morris)
SF - Dan Uggla (9), Jeremy Hermida (3)
SH - Sergio Mitre (5)
RBI - Dan Uggla (65), Miguel Cabrera 3 (77), Josh Willingham (64), Jeremy Hermida 2 (34), Jason Wood (22)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (25), Josh Willingham (18), Jeremy Hermida (14), Jason Wood (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Uggla-Wood
E - Jason Wood (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Sergio Mitre (W,5-5) 6.2655200 3.55
Taylor Tankersley (H,8) 0.1100000 5.40
Renyel Pinto (H,12) 0.2100010 4.18
Justin Miller (H,10) 0.1000000 2.08
Kevin Gregg (S,21) 1000010 3.26
Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 89-52, Taylor Tankersley 6-5, Renyel Pinto 12-8, Justin Miller 2-2, Kevin Gregg 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 15-4, Justin Miller 1-0, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 27, Taylor Tankersley 2, Renyel Pinto 3, Justin Miller 1, Kevin Gregg 3
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, CF4010000 .262
Randy Winn, RF3100102 .293
Ray Durham, 2B4110000 .240
Barry Bonds, LF4010002 .277
Ryan Klesko, 1B3112111 .281
Pedro Feliz, 3B4110002 .251
Omar Vizquel, SS4111000 .250
Guillermo Rodriguez, C3012000 .265
   a- Fred Lewis, PH1000010 .272
Matt Morris, P2000001 .184
   b- Kevin Frandsen, PH1010000 .242
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000 .225
Totals3458522  
a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
b-singled for Morris in the 7th
c-popped out for Kline in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Klesko (17, Mitre), Guillermo Rodriguez (2, Mitre)
RBI - Ryan Klesko 2 (31), Omar Vizquel (28), Guillermo Rodriguez 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Klesko 2 (15), Omar Vizquel (9), Guillermo Rodriguez 2 (6)
Team LOB - 4
San Francisco Giants
Matt Morris (L,7-7) 71366081 4.35
Randy Messenger 1322000 2.45
Steve Kline 1100010 3.09
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 106-75, Randy Messenger 22-17, Steve Kline 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 7-6, Randy Messenger 2-1, Steve Kline 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 34, Randy Messenger 6, Steve Kline 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42965
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg