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Bonds homers off Morris, Davis misses cycle ... and Giants lose

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds is adding to his home run record in a hurry. Rookie Rajai Davis did everything but a homer against his old team.

Bonds connected for career homer No. 758 and his third clout of the week and Davis singled, doubled, tripled and scored a career-best four runs Friday night in the San Francisco Giants' 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Adam LaRoche hit a solo homer in the fourth for Pittsburgh, which rallied with six runs in the eighth. The Pirates knocked four consecutive singles to start the inning, then later a sacrifice fly by Jack Wilson off loser Vinnie Chulk (4-4), Nate McLouth's tying RBI double and a go-ahead, two-run single by Freddy Sanchez.

"I have to give our guys an awful lot of credit to come back in the manner they did," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "That's been an Achilles' heel for us. We turned it around with a huge inning."

Bonds sent a 3-2 pitch from former teammate Matt Morris into the right-field arcade for a two-run shot, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. The fan who retrieved the ball was quickly whisked away so the ball could be authenticated.

Fans jumped to their feet as Bonds made his third home run trot this week in the club's waterfront ballpark -- and in the first of five consecutive games between the teams, including a makeup doubleheader Monday in Pittsburgh. Bonds broke Hank Aaron's record with No. 756 on Tuesday, then had a splash-hit homer into McCovey Cove for his 757th the very next night.

Bonds was scheduled to sit out of the starting lineup in Saturday's game.

"He's swinging well," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The fresher we keep him, the better player we're going to get."

Bonds hit his first career homer off Morris, who became the 448th different pitcher to give up a longball to Bonds. The right-hander was dealt by San Francisco to the Pirates at the trading deadline for Davis, a speedy outfielder who contributed plenty against his old club.

"I had so much Adrenalin and emotion built up for this game it affected my stuff," Morris said. "I felt the curve. I'm sure Barry felt it, too. And now I'm in the book."

The 43-year-old Bonds received a standing ovation when he came out to play left field in the top of the fourth and he tipped and waved his cap with his left hand.

He was replaced before the top of the eighth by Kevin Frandsen.

Davis singled, doubled and tripled in order to get a chance for a natural cycle but walked in the seventh before scoring his fourth run on Bonds' sacrifice fly. He reached on a fielder's choice in the eighth and also stole a base.

"I did realize it after my third at-bat," Davis said of his opportunity for the cycle, something he's never done. "My fourth at-bat I was thinking about it."

Ray Durham, who received some hitting advice in the indoor cage earlier in the day from Hall of Famer Willie Mays, added an RBI single and Pedro Feliz had a sacrifice fly in the sixth to score Bonds.

In his return to San Francisco, Morris received some boos and cheers when he batted leading off the third. He acknowledged the trade caught him by surprise because it wasn't to a contending team. He allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, walked five and didn't have a strikeout.

John Grabow (2-1) came in with runners on first and third with none out in the seventh and got out of it with a perfect inning for the win. Matt Capps finished for his 10th save in 12 chances.

The fans booed when Morris threw a third ball in a row to Bonds in the fifth, then let him have it again moments later when the seven-time NL MVP was walked. With his 116th free pass, Bonds exceeded his total of 115 walks from last year. He drew another walk to start the sixth.

There's not nearly the same attention on the slugger now that he's passed Hammerin' Hank's 33-year-old record.

"So peaceful," Bonds said, sitting in the dugout before taking batting practice. He compared the media frenzy following his chase to "a family reunion where nobody goes home."

Russ Ortiz was activated from the disabled list before the game to make the start and was in position to win for the first time since April 20 in just his sixth start of the season and 10th appearance overall after two stints on the DL.

He hadn't pitched since June 4 at Philadelphia and hadn't started since May 1 because of a right forearm strain. He allowed two runs and four hits in five innings.

Notes

  • LaRoche hit his second career homer in San Francisco, where his father, Dave, gave up two homers in 1973 for the Cubs.
  • San Francisco played in front of its 31st sellout crowd dating to a July 6 game at St. Louis.
  • Davis had his fifth stolen base for San Francisco and 10th overall.
 
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Matt Morris yields five runs on seven hits and five walks over six innings against his former club.  (AP)
Matt Morris yields five runs on seven hits and five walks over six innings against his former club. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

R. Davis
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF3121200 .236
Jose Bautista, 3B5000007 .256
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4012013 .302
Adam LaRoche, 1B5221004 .250
Jason Bay, LF5110020 .256
Ryan Doumit, RF5231000 .282
Ronny Paulino, C5122001 .243
Jack Wilson, SS3011101 .266
Matt Morris, P1000000 .214
   a- Cesar Izturis, PH1010000 .252
    Masumi Kuwata, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   b- Xavier Nady, PH1000000 .287
    Ian Snell, PR0100000 .111
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
   c- Josh Phelps, PH1000002 .274
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Totals39813833  
a-singled for Morris in the 7th
b-grounded out for Grabow in the 8th
c-flied out for Torres in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (12, Kline), Ryan Doumit (19, Taschner), Jack Wilson (19, Ortiz)
3B - Ryan Doumit (1, Ortiz)
HR - Adam LaRoche (16, Ortiz)
SF - Jack Wilson (5)
SH - Matt Morris (7)
RBI - Nate McLouth (19), Freddy Sanchez 2 (43), Adam LaRoche (62), Ryan Doumit (32), Ronny Paulino 2 (37), Jack Wilson (34)
2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez 2 (16), Ronny Paulino (15)
SB - Nate McLouth (7, 2nd base off Ortiz/Molina)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Doumit 1
DP - Doumit-Paulino, J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, J. Wilson-LaRoche
E - Salomon Torres (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Morris 6755501 4.53
Masumi Kuwata0111100 7.65
John Grabow (W,2-1) 1000000 4.33
Salomon Torres (H,4) 1210010 5.14
Matt Capps (S,10) 1100010 2.48
WP - Salomon Torres (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 93-45, Masumi Kuwata 8-3, John Grabow 13-8, Salomon Torres 23-16, Matt Capps 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 9-6, John Grabow 1-2, Salomon Torres 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 27, Masumi Kuwata 2, John Grabow 3, Salomon Torres 6, Matt Capps 4
San Francisco Giants
Rajai Davis, CF4430100 .329
Omar Vizquel, SS3011113 .258
Ray Durham, 2B5011003 .230
Barry Bonds, LF1213200 .280
    Jonathan Sanchez, P00000001.000
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
   a- Dave Roberts, PH1010000 .266
    Noah Lowry, PR0000000 .042
Ryan Klesko, 1B4000102 .263
Bengie Molina, C4010113 .272
Pedro Feliz, 3B3111001 .254
Daniel Ortmeier, RF4010003 .268
Russ Ortiz, P2000001 .154
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   b- Randy Winn, PH1000002 .290
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Frandsen, LF1011000 .220
Totals33711762  
a-singled for Taschner in the 9th
b-grounded out for Atchison in the 6th
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (5, Morris), Pedro Feliz (19, Morris)
3B - Rajai Davis (2, Morris)
HR - Barry Bonds (24, Morris)
SF - Barry Bonds (2), Pedro Feliz (2)
SH - Omar Vizquel (12)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (32), Ray Durham (58), Barry Bonds 3 (56), Pedro Feliz (56), Kevin Frandsen (17)
2-OUT RBI - Barry Bonds 2 (23)
SB - Rajai Davis (10, 2nd base off Morris/Paulino)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Ray Durham (9, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Russ Ortiz 5422211 5.18
Scott Atchison (H,1) 1000000 1.17
Randy Messenger (H,11) 1200010 2.70
Jonathan Sanchez0444000 5.30
Vinnie Chulk (H,8; L,4-4) 0.1010000 3.72
Steve Kline (BS,1)0111000 3.25
Brad Hennessey 0.2100000 3.21
Jack Taschner 1100110 5.13
HBP - F. Sanchez (by Russ Ortiz)
Pitches-Strikes - Russ Ortiz 61-32, Scott Atchison 12-7, Randy Messenger 24-14, Jonathan Sanchez 17-11, Vinnie Chulk 6-4, Steve Kline 6-3, Brad Hennessey 11-7, Jack Taschner 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Russ Ortiz 6-8, Scott Atchison 1-2, Randy Messenger 1-1, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Brad Hennessey 1-1, Jack Taschner 1-1
Batters Faced - Russ Ortiz 22, Scott Atchison 3, Randy Messenger 5, Jonathan Sanchez 4, Vinnie Chulk 2, Steve Kline 1, Brad Hennessey 3, Jack Taschner 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41923
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Travis Reininger, Third Base - Tom Hallion