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San Francisco blanked for the second time in three games

DENVER (AP) -- It's one thing to shut down Barry Bonds. It's
another to throw a shutout at Coors Field.

Sunny Kim had a game to remember Saturday night, keeping Bonds
off base and throwing a three-hitter in Colorado's 6-0 victory over
the San Francisco Giants.

It was Kim's first career complete game and the first
complete-game shutout by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field since
John Thomson did it on Sept. 30, 2001.

Only two pitchers -- Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers and Pat Rapp of
the Marlins -- have allowed fewer hits at Denver's hitter-friendly
ballpark than Kim, the 28-year-old journeyman who was signed off
waivers by the Rockies on Aug. 5.

"Sometimes a change of scenery can help out with the confidence
level," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's as good an
outing as you're going to see at this ballpark for as long as it
stands here."

Bonds went 0-for-3 and was held without a homer for the second
straight game, as the Giants were shut out for the second time in
three games. They fell to 72-82, remaining five games behind the NL
West-leading San Diego Padres.

"We have been shut out twice on this trip," Giants manager
Felipe Alou said. "I wouldn't say we have tired bats, but we are a
tired team."

Choo Freeman, making his third start since being called up from
Colorado Springs, led the Rockies with three hits.

Bonds has been held to two singles and a walk so far in two
games at Coors Field, where his 24 home runs are the most of any
visiting player. He stayed stuck on 707 for his career, seven
behind Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list.

As was the case Friday, Bonds drew his share of boos and
catcalls from the crowd in Denver, but really, Kim (6-2) made
himself the story on this night.

Competing for a spot in Colorado's rotation next season, Kim
improved to 4-0 in seven starts this season for the Rockies. He
struck out three and faced three batters over the minimum.

"It's easy to call a game when a guy has as much command of his
pitches as Sunny did," catcher J.D. Closser said. "He mixed
pitches against an explosive lineup. To shut them out and give up
only three hits was awesome."

The first hit Kim allowed was a third-inning double by Pedro
Feliz, who was erased when Freeman threw him out from center field
when he attempted to tag up after Matt Matheny's flyout.

Moises Alou and Ray Durham had the other hits, back-to-back
singles to start the eighth, but Kim retired the next three batters
to keep the shutout intact.

Kim also contributed with the bat, knocking in Freeman for a 1-0
lead after he reached on a third-inning triple off starter Noah
Lowry (13-13), who threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed six runs and
seven hits.

Garrett Atkins had an RBI single in the sixth to give Colorado a
2-0 lead.

The Rockies chased Lowry in the seventh when Luis Gonzalez drew
a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-0. Todd Helton greeted Jack
Taschner with a two-run single to break open the game and extend
his hitting streak to 11 games.

Bonds' at-bats weren't much to remember. He popped out to short,
hit a line drive right at Freeman and hit a bouncer to Gonzalez,
the second baseman, who was perfectly positioned in shallow right
field and threw Bonds out easily.

Kim said he thought about facing Bonds in the leadup to the
game.

"I thought, if I face him, make sure nobody's on base," Kim
said. "That way, if you give up a home run, it's only a solo home
run."

Said Hurdle: "That's a pretty good plan to have and be able to
execute."

Bonds left the clubhouse without granting interviews.

Game notes
With his team's hopes for the playoffs slipping, Alou said
he would like to play Bonds in the series finale Sunday afternoon.
Normally, Bonds doesn't play in day games following night games.
"I haven't talked to him yet," Alou said. ... This was the 13th
complete-game shutout in Coors Field history and the sixth by a
Rockies pitcher. ... The game went 2 hours, 12 minutes, the third
shortest nine-inning game in the ballpark's history. ... Helton
drew his 100th walk of the season in the sixth inning, the third
straight year he's drawn 100 bases on balls. ... This was the third
complete game for the Rockies this year. Jason Jennings (April 22)
and Aaron Cook (Sept. 11) had the other two. ... Lowry's ERA at
Coors Field increased to 9.77, compared to 3.39 at all other parks.