Lowry got to leave with his first major league victory and a
congratulatory bottle of champagne courtesy of the San Francisco
"Might want to check his ID!" reliever Scott Eyre hollered,
joking about the 23-year-old lefty who made just his fourth big
Bonds homered twice and Lowry carried a no-hit bid into the
seventh inning in the Giants' 11-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on
Lowry pitched a three-hitter, struck out nine and walked two; he also had two singles at the plate.
Not bad for a pitcher who came in on short notice. Lowry was
recalled to start in place of Dustin Hermanson, whom the Giants
moved to the bullpen and will try at closer.
Lowry didn't envision a complete-game shutout on his stat sheet
"I would have said, 'You're crazy, a shutout?'" he said. "But
you've got to believe in yourself that you can go out and do that.
We had the momentum the whole game."
Bonds matched a season high with five RBI, raising his home run
total to 29 this season and 687 in his career. J.T. Snow matched a
career high with four hits. He had a homer, single and two doubles
for the Giants, who had lost four of five.
Bonds hit a three-run homer in the third inning, sending the
first pitch he saw from Cory Lidle (6-10) into the right-field
arcade. Bonds connected again in the seventh in a span of three
consecutive homers by San Francisco. Snow homered leading off the
inning, then Bonds splashed a 2-2 pitch into the waters of McCovey
Cove. Pedro Feliz followed with his 15th homer, chasing Lidle.
Lidle became the 406th pitcher to give up a homer to Bonds,
who's third on baseball's home run list behind Hank Aaron (755) and
Babe Ruth (714). Lidle left before talking to the media.
"He was throwing most of his pitches down and in, which is
good," Reds catcher Jason LaRue said. "Bonds hit a changeup, but
then Bonds is Bonds. I thought Cory did a great job. He just had
that one bad inning."
Bonds, who was intentionally walked in the fifth, has 66
multihomer games, including two this season. It was the first time
the Giants hit three straight homers since Snow, Reggie Sanders and
David Bell did it Aug. 4, 2002, at Pittsburgh.
Lowry (1-0) didn't allow a hit until D'Angelo Jimenez's leadoff
single to left in the seventh.
"He's the star of the game," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley
said. "A three-hit shutout, you can't get much better than that."
Reds leadoff hitter Ryan Freel tried to bunt for a hit in the
sixth inning and was booed for it. He wound up striking out when he
bunted foul down the third-base line three straight times, and
Lowry calmly walked off the field and back into the dugout.
"We're just trying to get runners on base," Freel said. "It's
something I do well, so why not do it? I don't think it's unethical
to get a bunt down in a no-hit game. You're trying to win a game."
Neither Lowry nor Giants manager Felipe Alou thought it was out
Lowry walked Jimenez with one out in the first, then retired 11
straight before Wily Mo Pena drew a walk in the fifth. After that,
he got five straight outs before Jimenez's hit. The crowd of 41,228
gave Lowry a brief standing ovation.
"This guy's going to be something," Alou said.
The Reds, who activated Ken Griffey Jr., before the game, lost
for the 11th time in 12 games and for the sixth straight time on
the road. Griffey, who had been sidelined since July 10, did not
Bonds started the scoring in the Giants' four-run third, when
they got five straight hits against Lidle. All four of San
Francisco's runs in the inning were unearned after shortstop
Felipe Lopez's two-out throwing error.
The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first on Bonds' RBI
Griffey, recovering from a torn right hamstring, is
expected to return to the lineup Wednesday. Griffey took the roster
spot of John Riedling, who went on the bereavement list Tuesday, a
day after the death of his father, Jack. ... Bonds was only 1-for-9
(.111) with no homers and four walks against Lidle coming in. ...
The last no-hitter by a rookie was by Bud Smith of the Cardinals
against San Diego in 2001. ... Bonds has 31 splash hits at SBC
Park. ... Bonds has drawn 81 intentional walks this year and 148
total. ... RF Rick Ledee made his first start for the Giants and
went 0-for-4, but he did score twice.