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Giants hand rare loss to Dodgers' Penny; Bonds stays in yard

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LOS ANGELES -- Lots of boos and little else for Barry Bonds at Dodger Stadium.

Back on the road, Bonds stayed stuck at 754 home runs when he went 0-for-2 with two walks in the San Francisco Giants' 3-1 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

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Since moving with one of Hank Aaron's record on Friday night in San Francisco, Bonds is 1-for-9 with seven walks.

This was the opener of a six-game trip that ends in San Diego. Loved at home but reviled on the road, Bonds' main solace was that he got to head to his own home in Beverly Hills. He finished work early, too, coming out in the seventh inning for a pinch runner.

"I thought they were great," Giants center fielder Dave Roberts, a former Dodger himself, said of the fans. "There was a lot of anticipation with us coming to town. I tip my hat to them. They were excitable."

Earlier Tuesday, two other stars also missed chances for milestones -- Alex Rodriguez failed to hit his 500th home run at Yankee Stadium and the Mets' Tom Glavine was denied his 300th victory when his bullpen wasted a lead in Milwaukee.

Bud Selig returned to see Bonds resume his quest after the commissioner missed the Giants' weekend series against Florida in San Francisco to be in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Hall of Fame induction.

Dodger Stadium might be the ballpark where Bonds is most despised -- and 56,000 fans let him know it at every opportunity. The sea of Dodger Blue in the sellout crowd booed lustily when Bonds' name was announced, then again every time when he touched the ball on defense or stepped out of the dugout to make his way to the on-deck circle.

"They were doing their booing, but it wasn't out of hand," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who wasn't sure whether Bonds would play Wednesday night. "He's feeling pretty good. He's getting his swings in. We'll see how he feels."

Bonds emerged from the clubhouse after the game and found a horde of media waiting to enter. He took a couple of steps forward and the camera crews converged before he quickly retreated and shut the door.

A Bonds lookalike escorted by a man dressed as Bonds' incarcerated trainer, Greg Anderson, made quite the entrance to their third-row seats behind home plate right when Bonds was coming up to bat in the first. Scott Keighley, a 47-year-old general contractor, carried an extra-large makeshift syringe that security confiscated.

His son, 22-year-old Scott Jr., sported a full gray Giants road uniform and wore brown makeup on his face and over a swim cap to appear as a black man -- and posed for many photos. He waited outside the Giants clubhouse postgame. They had a 3-foot asterisk taken away at the gate.

"We're not here to root for him," Scott Sr. said. "We're just getting a point across -- nothing obscene."

When Bonds headed out to left field in the bottom half, a soccer ball was thrown onto the warning track behind him.

Thousands of fans chanted a popular phrase questioning Bonds' ability.

Batting practice before the game was exceptionally lively.

"I love you Barry!" someone yelled from the upper decks.

Bonds saluted a fan behind home plate before stepping in to take a round of cuts.

"We heard talk about this being a distraction for our team," Roberts said. "That couldn't be any further from the truth. We're where we are because of the 25 guys in this clubhouse, not only because of Barry Bonds. At the same time, we're ready for this to be over."

There's no question Bonds would like to break the record soon.

He struck out on three pitches from All-Star Brad Penny (13-2) ending the first, walked intentionally in the third and drew another free pass in the sixth. He reached in the seventh after shortstop Rafael Furcal dropped the high popup in shallow left-center. Fred Lewis then entered to run for Bonds and took over at his spot in left field.

The Giants aren't the only ones growing tired of the hype around Bonds' pursuit.

"I don't really want to talk about Barry right now," Penny said. "I'm done answering questions about the Barry thing."

Next up is Mark Hendrickson, a 6-foot-9 left-hander who starts Wednesday night for the Dodgers. He hasn't surrendered a home run to Bonds in eight at-bats.

Still, Bonds was happy to get to sleep in his own bed for a few nights.

"Isn't it always nice to be home?" Bonds said before the game, sitting at a locker that's not in the corner for a change.

Notes

  • Pedro Feliz hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth on a clear and pretty night at Chavez Ravine. Noah Lowry (12-7) won for the sixth time in seven starts as Los Angeles fell out of first place in the NL West.
  • Brad Hennessey finished for his ninth save in 11 chances.
  • Penny lost for the first time in 13 starts since a defeat against the Angels in Anaheim on May 18. He had won eight straight decisions to tie his career high and had victories in his last three starts.
  • Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson traveled to Los Angeles on Tuesday and will be on hand until Aaron's record falls. Idelson met with Bonds at length in San Francisco last month and the slugger has discussed donating a batting helmet to the Hall.
  • The Dodgers sold out for the ninth time. Wednesday and Thursday are also sellouts.
 
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Barry Bonds and Ryan Klesko score in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie with the Dodgers.  (Getty Images)
Barry Bonds and Ryan Klesko score in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie with the Dodgers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

R. Winn
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, CF4100104 .258
Randy Winn, RF5040000 .300
Ray Durham, 2B4021002 .243
Barry Bonds, LF2100211 .275
    Fred Lewis, PR-LF1000012 .270
Ryan Klesko, 1B4100114 .276
Bengie Molina, C4010100 .271
Pedro Feliz, 3B4012103 .251
Omar Vizquel, SS3010102 .251
Noah Lowry, P3000004 .043
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .500
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1010000 .235
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
Totals35310373  
a-singled for Correia in the 8th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (28, Penny)
SF - Ray Durham (9)
RBI - Ray Durham (56), Pedro Feliz 2 (53)
SB - Mark Sweeney (2, 2nd base off Seanez/Martin)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Durham-Klesko
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry (W,12-7) 5.2511510 3.32
Kevin Correia (H,9) 1.1000030 4.10
Steve Kline (H,4) 1000000 3.00
Brad Hennessey (S,9) 1000010 3.07
IBB - Martin by Noah Lowry
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 105-55, Kevin Correia 20-12, Steve Kline 8-6, Brad Hennessey 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 6-9, Steve Kline 2-1, Brad Hennessey 1-1
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 26, Kevin Correia 4, Steve Kline 3, Brad Hennessey 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3021110 .285
Juan Pierre, CF3000111 .277
Russell Martin, C3000112 .298
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000004 .285
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B3000100 .283
James Loney, 1B4010003 .347
Matt Kemp, RF3000101 .333
Ramon Martinez, 2B4120000 .179
Brad Penny, P1000000 .286
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000012 .188
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b- Andre Ethier, PH1000010 .298
Totals3015155  
a-struck out for Penny in the 6th
b-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
SH - Brad Penny (7)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (37)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (24)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Martinez-Furcal-Loney, Beimel-Furcal-Loney
E - Rafael Furcal (14, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (L,13-2) 6633510 2.60
Joe Beimel 1100010 4.11
Rudy Seanez 1100100 4.20
Roberto Hernandez 1200110 5.79
IBB - Bonds by Brad Penny
WP - Joe Beimel (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 101-57, Joe Beimel 19-12, Rudy Seanez 23-15, Roberto Hernandez 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 10-6, Joe Beimel 2-0, Rudy Seanez 2-1, Roberto Hernandez 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 28, Joe Beimel 4, Rudy Seanez 5, Roberto Hernandez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 56000
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano