PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In his return to the San Francisco lineup,
Barry Bonds hit his 596th homer, got his major league-leading 41st
intentional walk and had words with Philadelphia manager Larry
The Giants' Barry Bonds gets back into the swing of things with home run No. 596 in the fifth inning.
Before Bonds was intentionally walked to load the bases in the
ninth inning, Bowa went to the mound, and then exchanged words with
Bonds on the way back to the dugout.
Closer Jose Mesa then retired Rich Aurilia to end the threat and
give the Phillies an 8-6 win over the San Francisco Giants on
Wednesday night. "I told him he wasn't going to beat us,'' Bowa said. "You
don't want to know what he said to me and you don't want to know
what I said back to him.'' Bonds also doubled twice in his return to the lineup after
missing 10 straight starts because of a strained right hamstring. He doubled in his first at-bat and later hit his 29th home run
and a ground-rule double. He finished 3-for-4 with a strikeout and
intentional walk. "You just can't let him beat you,'' Bowa said. "He's always
locked in and he loves those situations. Bonds is a good guy when
he's sitting on the bench, he's not a good guy standing in the
box.'' In the eighth, Bonds caught Marlon Anderson's fly ball in left
field and walked around for a few seconds. He was OK, and stayed in
the game. Aurilia was in a familiar situation with Bonds on first, but
Mesa got him out with a surprise. "He busted a curveball on me,'' Aurilia said. "I'd never seen
that pitch from him.'' Bonds has hit 27 homers at Veterans Stadium, most ever by a
visiting player at the park. Gary Carter hit 26. Bonds' solo homer in the fifth off Phillies newcomer Mike Timlin
tied it at 6. It was the first homer that Timlin had surrendered to
Bonds in his career. "There are a lot of names in his book. I was hoping to keep my
name out of it,'' Timlin said The Phillies broke the tie in the sixth. Anderson singled and
Todd Pratt was hit by a pitch from reliever Troy Brohawn (0-1). Doug Glanville laid down a sacrifice bunt and Felix Rodriguez
threw a wild pitch that made it 7-6. Jimmy Rollins added a
sacrifice fly. Timlin (2-3) earned the victory in his Phillies debut.
Philadelphia got him Monday in a trade that sent Scott Rolen to St.
Louis. "I was happy to go out there and throw strike one to hitters,''
Timlin said. "This is a good team. There are a lot of hard
throwing right-handers in the bullpen.'' Terry Adams pitched two scoreless innings before turning the
game over to Jose Mesa, who converted his 29th save in 36 chances. Todd Pratt homered for the Phillies in the second. In the
fourth, pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee and Rollins hit consecutive
homers. Ledee hit a three-run shot that made it 5-all and Rollins
followed with a go-ahead homer off Ryan Jensen. "You don't expect a pinch-hitter to hit a three-run homer, it
was just a low inside pitch that was supposed to be in the dirt,''
Giants catcher Benito Santiago said. San Francisco scored three times in the fourth off Brandon
Duckworth for a 5-2 lead. Benito Santiago and Jensen each hit RBI
singles and newcomer Kenny Lofton capped the burst with an RBI
double. Jeff Kent gave San Francisco a quick 2-0 lead in the first with
a two-run homer, his 19th of the season. Pratt tied it with his
first homer of the year. "We had the right guys up in the ninth,'' Giants manager Dusty
Baker said. "I thought we were going to get that game.''
Philadelphia 76ers first-round draft pick John Salmons
threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Pratt's last homer came
on Aug. 29, 2001, against the New York Mets off Bruce Chen. ...
Jensen's RBI was the first of the season and third of his career.
... The Phillies have hit back-to-back homers six times this
season. ... C Santiago was back in the lineup after missing six
games with an infection on his left eyelid. He went 1-for-4 and
threw out one runner trying to steal.