SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds had enough.
When Tampa Bay's Travis Harper came a little too close to Bonds
with a pitch in the ninth, San Francisco's slugger headed toward
the mound with his finger raised.
Both benches emptied, although there were no confrontations and
Bonds finished his at-bat with a grounder. The Devil Rays went on
to win their Pacific Bell Park debut 8-3.
"Too many balls have been thrown at me in one year,'' an angry
Bonds said afterward. "That was enough.''
Bonds, who broke the single-season home run record last season,
went 0-for-4 in the loss. Harper's pitch sailed behind the
"I just couldn't take it anymore,'' Bonds said, although he
added: "It probably wasn't an intentional pitch.''
Greg Vaughn and Aubrey Huff each homered for Devil Rays, who
have won two straight and four of their last six. It was the first
time they had back-to-back wins since a four-game winning streak
Joe Kennedy (5-5) controlled the Giants, allowing three runs on
eight hits over seven innings. He threw a season-high 126 pitches.
Kennedy was suspended for seven games late last week for
throwing at Toronto's Ken Huckaby two starts ago on June 6. But the
23-year-old left-hander is appealing the suspension and an
Giants starter Livan Hernandez (6-7) was simply bad, allowing
six runs on 10 hits over just 2 2-3 innings.
"I felt weird today,'' Hernandez said. "I don't know what
Randy Winn kicked things off for the Devil Rays with a leadoff
triple, extending his hitting streak to 12 games and tying his
Vaughn, batting second in the order, hit a two-run homer in the
second inning off Hernandez. The shot went deep into the left field
bleachers and Bonds merely watched as it sailed over his head.
Vaughn has now homered in 35 ballparks.
Huff homered to right-center off Hernandez to start the third
inning. Two outs later, Hernandez gave up consecutive singles to
Felix Escalona and Kennedy, before manager Dusty Baker had seen
Chad Zerbe, his replacement, took over and gave up an RBI single
to Winn to make it 7-0 for the Devil Rays. Flaherty added a
sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Then with one out and two on in the ninth, Harper threw inside
While he didn't hit the Giants slugger, Bonds took issue with
Harper said he wasn't trying to hit Bonds, especially with an
"That was a natural reaction to do what he did. That's fine,''
he said. "He's got to understand what I'm trying to do out there
and it's not to hit him.''
Home plate umpire Ted Barrett kept the peace and Bonds went on
to ground into a fielder's choice and Kent flew out to end it.
"We weren't looking for trouble,'' Devil Rays manager Hal McRae
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