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Bonds, Torrealba combine for winning runs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Manager Felipe Alou believes the San
Francisco Giants have accomplished the first step to getting back
in the division race: evening their record at .500.

Barry Bonds hit a tying RBI double in the sixth then scored on
Yorvit Torrealba's two-run double, and the Giants won their
season-high eighth straight game, 5-3 over the Colorado Rockies on
Saturday night.

Dustan Mohr hit a solo home run in the seventh for San Francisco
to snap an 0-for-10 slump, helping the defending NL West champion
Giants pull to .500 (24-24) for the first time since April 16. The
Giants are on their longest winning streak since taking nine
straight July 17-25 to open the 2003 season's second half.

"I don't like .500 -- I'd like to go .600," Alou said. "We're
capable of doing that. We wanted to get to that point first. The
way this division is shaping up, anybody who plays .500 has a
shot."

Jerome Williams (4-3) pitched 7 1-3 strong innings for his first
win since beating the Dodgers in Los Angeles on April 24, a span of
six starts. He lost his previous two decisions, but worked ahead in
the count and struck out eight in his first career appearance
against the Rockies.

"I didn't know I didn't win for a month," the right-hander
said. "I really don't care. I just want to help my team win."

Todd Helton singled twice and drove in a run and scored one in
his first game back after missing seven straight starts with a
strained stomach muscle, but the Rockies lost their seventh
straight road game and eighth in a row in San Francisco. Colorado
has now dropped all eight of its road series this season.

Matt Herges got four outs for his 15th save in 18 chances, his
first outing since blowing a save in San Francisco's 5-4, 10-inning
win over Arizona on Thursday night. Herges entered with the bases
loaded in the eighth after Felix Rodriguez gave up a bases-loaded
walk to pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney. Herges got Rene Reyes to pop out
to shortstop.

Herges isn't content with being .500.

"It's not as important as the way we're playing," he said.
"We didn't set .500 as a goal. We just want to play good baseball
and keep going."

Bonds, who hit three home runs in his previous four games,
doubled to the wall in right-center in the sixth to tie it 2-all.
Pedro Feliz followed with a groundout and Jeffrey Hammonds struck
out on a full-count before Jeff Fassero hit Damon Minor with a
pitch -- the second straight night the 6-foot-7 first baseman got
plunked.

Torrealba, starting at catcher for the second straight day, hit
a 1-1 pitch deep to the corner in left to score Bonds and Minor.

The 39-year-old Bonds didn't walk once in the opener of this
weekend series Friday night, when he hit the 10th walkoff homer of
his career to win it 4-2 in the ninth. But Bonds was intentionally
walked in the first with Neifi Perez on third and walked on four
pitches in the seventh. He leads the majors with 65 walks, 34
intentional.

Bonds also isn't getting too excited about the team's recent
roll.

"I got a philosophy when things are going good: Keep it
quiet," he said.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle opted not to walk him in the sixth
with Edgardo Alfonzo aboard on a single.

"I'm not going to put guys on first and second with no outs. We
have enough trouble walking people when we don't want to walk
them," Hurdle said.

Fassero (0-4) made a spot start for the Rockies, his first since
April 24 when he lost 8-5 to the Houston Astros and lasted only
three innings.

The 41-year-old lefty is trying earn his way back into the
rotation. He allowed baserunners in all but his 1-2-3 fifth inning.
Fassero gave up three earned runs on six hits, struck out six and
walked two in 5 2-3 innings.

After an 0-for-15 slump, Colorado's Jeromy Burnitz has driven in
runs in three straight games, including his single up the middle in
the second that gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

Torrealba tied it in the bottom half with an unearned run. He
singled, stole second, then went to third on a wild throw into the
outfield by catcher Todd Greene trying to catch Torrealba at second
on the steal. He then scored on Fassero's second wild pitch of the
game.

Game notes
Bonds has a five-game hitting streak. ... The latest item
for sale at SBC Park: "Pitch to Barry" pins. ... The Giants
grounded into their majors-worst 55th double play. ... Williams'
eight strikeouts were one off his career high. ... Helton finished
2-for-4. "I haven't hit in a while, but I felt pretty
comfortable," he said. "I just didn't let it go. I swung at bad
pitches and my pitch recognition was off."