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Slugger ejected, replacement hits winner

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds' finger-pointing argument was
unusual -- and nearly as surprising as his replacement's
game-winning hit.

Todd Linden had a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning as the
San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Sunday.

Though he was on the field for less than five minutes, Bonds
made two small bits of history. He drew his 2,062nd walk when he
pinch hit in the eighth, tying Babe Ruth for second place on the
career list.

After Bonds was replaced by a pinch runner and Rich Aurilia was
called out on strikes, Bonds was ejected for arguing from the
dugout with plate umpire Jim Reynolds. Bonds, who had been watching
the game on television earlier, sprung out of the dugout for an
animated rhubarb.

"I just said, 'It's not that difficult,' and he threw me out,"
Bonds said. "I didn't say he was a bad umpire, but after I was
thrown out, he yelled, 'You're not that great.' I didn't insult
anybody."

It was a surprising burst of passion from Bonds, who rarely
dignifies umpires' calls with even a glance -- but Reynolds
apparently did something to irk the single-season home run king.

"I asked the umpire if he said any bad words, maybe I didn't
hear it, and he said, 'No,'" Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I
never saw 25 (Bonds' uniform number) like that before."

Reynolds wouldn't talk about Bonds' version of events.

"I have no comment on what's going into our report," Reynolds
said. "He said something from the dugout, and that's why he got
the ejection. We're in September. It's been a long year for
everybody."

Jose Cruz Jr. homered and drove in two runs for the Giants, who
reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West to five after
taking two of three from Milwaukee. San Francisco improved to 27-11
in one-run games -- tops in the majors.

In the 11th, Leo Estrella (6-3) allowed singles by Marquis Grissom and Pedro Feliz, then walked Ray Durham with two outs.
Linden, a reserve left fielder who made his major league debut four
weeks ago, got the biggest hit of his young career by singling up
the middle to end the Giants' 39th win in 51 home games.

"It's exciting," Linden said. "It was exactly what I wanted
to do. It just worked out. When the inning started, I felt I'd be
up. I said to myself, 'I'll be up with the bases loaded and two
outs.'

"As a bench player, we all feel like part of the team, but when
you contribute, you feel less like an outsider. But what can I say?
I deserve to start in left field?"

The Brewers missed several chances to steal their second
straight win in San Francisco. They also loaded the bases earlier
in the 11th, but Felix Rodriguez (8-2) escaped by striking out
Keith Ginter and Brady Clark with 95 mph fastballs.

"A lot of us didn't get it done, and I'm one of them," said
Clark, who homered in the first inning. "There's a lot of blame to
go around, but it's still great to be in a position to beat a team
this good in their home park."

Both teams scored in the ninth. Scott Podsednik singled home
Keith Osik for the Brewers, but Feliz hit a two-out triple off the
right-field wall against closer Dan Kolb, scoring pinch-runner Cody Ransom.

Kolb had converted 18 straight save opportunities, setting the
franchise's NL record for consecutive saves. It was just his second
blown save of the season.

"Nobody's perfect," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "They
didn't lace them all over the ballpark against Dan. Those things
are going to happen eventually."

Podsednik drove in three runs and stole his 40th base for the
Brewers, who have lost eight of nine to San Francisco.

Milwaukee starter Wayne Franklin allowed five hits and three
walks over seven strong innings, allowing just one runner to reach
second base after the second.

While Franklin pitched well, Kevin Correia didn't last through
the third. The Giants' rookie right-hander was extremely wild,
walking three batters, hitting two more and missing the strike zone
in every direction.

He left with the bases loaded, but Dustin Hermanson escaped the
jam and went on to pitch 3 2/3 innings of relief.

The Brewers went up 3-2 on Podsednik's second sacrifice fly in
the fourth, but Cruz hit his 19th homer down the left-field line in
the seventh.

Game notes
Tim Worrell allowed Podsednik's go-ahead RBI in the ninth,
but struck out the side in the 10th. ... Bonds didn't swing while
drawing the walk. He trails only Rickey Henderson, who has 2,190
career walks. ... After Correia hit Clark and Richie Sexson in
consecutive at-bats in the third, Reynolds warned both benches --
but Hermanson wasn't ejected when he hit Ginter in the seventh. ...
Doug Jones set the Milwaukee franchise record with 25 straight
saves in 1997, when the club was in the AL.