Bonds hit his second home run in two days, Pedro Feliz hit a
go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth and the Giants rallied to
beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Wednesday night for their
season-high fifth straight win.
"We're just getting timely hitting and timely pitching, things
that didn't happen earlier," Bonds said. "It's good. We're
winning. That's all that matters."
Bonds also is happy to have his personal stretch man around
again -- he has homered twice since Harvey Shields joined the Giants
medical staff Monday.
Shields had been banned from the clubhouse during spring
training, when baseball began cracking down on who was allowed in
clubhouses following a federal steroids probe that focuses on
Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, one of four men indicted on
charges of illegal distribution of steroids.
"Harvey's been working on me hard," Bonds said. "That's my
Bonds hit a 2-2 pitch from Casey Daigle to dead center for his
12th homer and career No. 670 leading off the fourth inning to give
San Francisco a 2-1 lead -- but the Giants couldn't hold it for
starter Kirk Rueter again.
While Bonds' homer Tuesday night was controversial because a fan
interfered by touching the ball with his glove, Bonds made sure
this one was way out of reach. It traveled an estimated 460 feet.
In the sixth, left fielder Luis Gonzalez had to go against the
wall to catch a long fly by Bonds.
Fans chanted "Barry! Barry!" but Bonds walked on four pitches
to bring up Feliz. Jose Valverde entered and Feliz doubled to
left-center on an 0-2 pitch.
"I want to be in RBI situations every time," Feliz said. "I
know they're going to walk him. I've got to be ready."
Robby Hammock had two hits and drove in a run for the
Diamondbacks, who fell to 12 games under .500 -- their worst record
since the club's inaugural season in 1998, when Arizona finished 16
games under at 65-97.
Matt Herges pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances,
then proclaimed afterward that the Giants have found their swagger
"This has the feel of last year," he said, referring to the
Giants' 100-win season in 2003 when they led the NL West from
opening day. "The way we're playing now, we're getting big hits,
the pitchers are getting quality start after quality start and Bob
Brenly's pitching to Barry -- that's kind of nice. ... Confidence is
Scott Hairston also had two hits for the D-Backs. Daigle, a
23-year-old rookie right-hander facing the Giants for the first
time, allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, struck out two
and walked two to win for the first time in three starts.
When asked about the walk to Bonds -- the slugger's major
league-leading 60th -- Arizona manager Brenly's frustration came
"I have a problem with all the walks," he said. "I've been
seeing so many I'm tired of it. Throw it underhand, make them put
it in play. The guys have great physical tools and they don't use
Five Diamondbacks pitchers combined to walk six batters.
Rueter pitched a solid game until running into trouble in the
The lefty worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second after
Hammock reached on a fielding error by Feliz. Daigle hit a slow
chopper to Rueter, who threw home to get Steve Finley, and then
A.J. Pierzynski completed the double play by throwing out Daigle at
Rueter retired the side in order in the third and sixth. He then
gave way to Jim Brower with one out in the seventh after giving up
an RBI single to Alex Cintron that brought in the tying run and a
walk to Luis Gonzalez.
Damon Minor started at first base for San Francisco a day after
he was called up from Triple-A Fresno when starter J.T. Snow went
on the disabled list with a knee injury. The 30-year-old Minor
returned to the majors after a one-year hiatus.
Bonds made a fielding error in the seventh when he bobbled
Cintron's single. ... The Giants are 5-10 against the NL West this
year. San Francisco had a major league-best 52-23 mark against the
division last season. The Giants play all division opponents until
starting interleague play June 8 at Tampa Bay. ... In the first,
Bonds fouled one into McCovey Cove before flying out to center. The
39-year-old is third on the career home run list behind Hank Aaron
(755) and Babe Ruth (714). Back spasms forced the six-time NL MVP
to miss five of six games last week.