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Klesko's grand slam, Lowry's arm allow Giants to salvage split

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Put this down as one of the unexpected moments of home run king Barry Bonds' historic season: a standing ovation in Pittsburgh, the town that once booed him mercilessly.

Bonds, possibly playing his final game in his former home city, singled in three at-bats as the Giants lost the first game of a makeup doubleheader on Monday, before sitting out the second game as the Giants won 10-3 behind Ryan Klesko's grand slam, their first victory against Pittsburgh in five games over four days.

Noah Lowry (13-7) gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings as the Giants avoided a rare occurrence: being swept in multiple-game series on consecutive days, and in two cities. The Pirates finished off a three-game sweep in San Francisco by winning 5-0 Sunday.

Bonds' 1-for-3 made him 6-for-10 against his former club this season, but Paul Maholm (8-14) pitched a three-hitter in the opener, an Pirates 3-1 victory, to avoid becoming the major league leader in losses.

Bonds, booed in Pittsburgh for 15 years because of his playoff failures with the Pirates from 1990-92, received a brief standing ovation as he took the field in the bottom of the first and a louder one during a video tribute between games.

Bonds, who broke Hank Aaron's career record of 755 homers a week ago, tipped his cap, bowed once and waved in response to a loud ovation from the crowd of 25,434. There also were several signs in Bonds' honor -- a break from the past, when the banners usually were derisive.

"That was nice, really nice," Bonds said. "It was nice, it was great, I was happy. After all the years you played here and you come back and get that kind of welcome, it's nice."

Though he will be remembered mostly for his long Giants career, Bonds said that, deep down, he's a Pirate, too.

"I'm always going to be," he said. "This was my first team. ... This is the team that gave me my first shot, the team that drafted me."

It was by far the warmest ovation that Bonds has received since he left Pittsburgh in 1992 following seven seasons, three of them NL East championship years. The Pirates haven't had a winning season since he left.

The Giants had lost five in a row before Lowry's effective effort. He was pitching for the first time since being removed with a tight forearm after three innings Aug. 5 in San Diego.

Klesko's 10th career grand slam came in the sixth against Shane Youman (2-4), who is 0-4 since the All-Star break. The Pirates looked to be out of the inning when Daniel Ortmeier grounded to the mound with the bases loaded, but Josh Phelps -- catching for the first time since 2001 -- was fooled by Youman's soft throw to the plate and didn't try to get the runner at first. Klesko then homered on a 3-2 pitch.

"We gave them four outs," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "I don't know what happened. The changeup he (Youman) threw fooled Josh. Josh did the right thing by holding onto the ball."

Notes

  • Bonds had three homers against Pittsburgh this season, including the 758th of his career Friday night.
  • Maholm struck out four and walked none, needing only 91 pitches -- 61 for strikes.
  • Pirates RF Ryan Doumit was lifted because of a sprained left wrist in the opener and will see a hand specialist Tuesday. He may have to go on the disabled list.
  • The opener was four minutes longer than the shortest game of the season. The Seattle Mariners beat the Athletics in Oakland 2-0 on April 25 in 1 hour, 47 minutes, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • The Pirates hadn't had consecutive complete games since Kip Wells and Josh Fogg on Sept. 7-8, 2003.
  • Xavier Nady, still bothered by a sore hamstring, hit his first career pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning of the second game.
  • Ortmeier hit a two-run homer during the Giants' five-run seventh against Masumi Kuwata, whose ERA climbed to 9.43.
  • The doubleheader was created by April 14 and 15 rainouts in PNC Park.
 
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Ryan Klesko rounds third base as coach Tim Flannery awaits following the slugger's grand slam.  (AP)
Ryan Klesko rounds third base as coach Tim Flannery awaits following the slugger's grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

R. Klesko
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
San Francisco

N. Lowry
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 5
K 3
 
San Francisco Giants
Rajai Davis, CF4220102 .329
Omar Vizquel, SS3101103 .251
Randy Winn, RF4001001 .286
Pedro Feliz, 3B4211110 .255
Daniel Ortmeier, LF5212003 .243
Ryan Klesko, 1B3124100 .270
Guillermo Rodriguez, C4020001 .259
Kevin Frandsen, 2B3110001 .213
Noah Lowry, P3111022 .059
   a- Dave Roberts, PH1000002 .265
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
Totals3410101043  
a-flied out for Lowry in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis 2 (8, Youman, Kuwata), Pedro Feliz (21, Kuwata), Ryan Klesko (22, Youman), Noah Lowry (2, Kuwata)
HR - Daniel Ortmeier (3, Kuwata), Ryan Klesko (6, Youman)
SF - Omar Vizquel (2)
SH - Randy Winn (2)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (33), Randy Winn (38), Pedro Feliz (57), Daniel Ortmeier 2 (8), Ryan Klesko 4 (36), Noah Lowry (2)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz (30), Daniel Ortmeier 2 (5), Ryan Klesko 4 (19)
SB - Rajai Davis 2 (13, 2nd base off Youman/Phelps, 3rd base off Youman/Phelps)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Vizquel-Frandsen
E - Guillermo Rodriguez (3, Dropped fly), Omar Vizquel (7, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry (W,13-7) 7622532 3.28
Steve Kline 2311011 4.46
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 114-70, Steve Kline 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 10-7, Steve Kline 2-3
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 31, Steve Kline 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
Cesar Izturis, SS5000001 .250
Jose Bautista, RF2111300 .261
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5020012 .305
Jason Bay, LF3000203 .253
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010004 .250
Josh Phelps, C4121002 .289
Jose Castillo, 3B4000022 .259
Nate McLouth, CF4020002 .239
Shane Youman, P2000012 .100
    Masumi Kuwata, P0000000 .000
   a- Xavier Nady, PH1111000 .289
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .000
   b- Jack Wilson, PH1000002 .269
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Totals3539354  
a-homered for Kuwata in the 7th
b-grounded out for Osoria in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jose Bautista (8, Kline), Josh Phelps (5, Lowry), Xavier Nady (15, Lowry)
RBI - Jose Bautista (39), Josh Phelps (21), Xavier Nady (59)
SB - Nate McLouth (8, 3rd base off Lowry/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
DP - McLouth-F. Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates
Shane Youman (L,2-4) 6455421 5.18
Masumi Kuwata 1555001 9.43
Franquelis Osoria 1100000 3.00
John Grabow 1000010 4.21
IBB - Feliz by Shane Youman
HBP - Frandsen (by Franquelis Osoria)
Pitches-Strikes - Shane Youman 96-54, Masumi Kuwata 21-16, Franquelis Osoria 13-11, John Grabow 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shane Youman 10-5, John Grabow 1-1
Batters Faced - Shane Youman 25, Masumi Kuwata 8, Franquelis Osoria 5, John Grabow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25434
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Chad Fairchild