PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Only a bloop single kept Barry Bonds from
going hitless, and he hasn't threatened the Babe since arriving in
Chase Utley homered again and drove in two runs Saturday night,
leading the Phillies to their seventh straight victory with a 4-1
win over Bonds and the San Francisco Giants. Ryan Madson settled
down after a shaky start, pitching out of trouble and giving
Philadelphia its first seven-game winning streak since June 25 to
July 1, 2003.Booed all night by Phillies fans for the second game in a row,
Bonds went 1-for-3 with a walk. He has not hit a home run since
Tuesday against San Diego and remains stuck at 712, two behind Babe
Ruth for second place on baseball's career list.Asked if Bonds might be pressing, Giants manager Felipe Alou
said: "I don't know. I've been talking a lot for Barry. I wish he
could tell you guys."Bonds, batting .242 this season, left the clubhouse after the
game without speaking to reporters.The slugger snapped an 0-for-9 skid with a wind-blown popup that
dropped between three fielders for a hit in the eighth inning.
Steve Finley then hit a sharp grounder toward first that struck
Bonds on the right foot for an automatic out. The seven-time NL MVP
walked off the field and tossed his helmet toward the dugout from
the third-base line.Facing another overshifted infield, Bonds grounded into a 6-5-3
double play in the third. He also bounced into a rare 3-5-4 double
play Friday night.The Giants (14-16) have dropped six of seven. Before the game,
they put 39-year-old right fielder Moises Alou on the 15-day
disabled list with a badly sprained right ankle, leaving them
without their primary protection in the lineup for Bonds."It would be a lot different if we were 5-22. We're a couple of
games under .500. We can make those games up very quickly,"
starting pitcher Jamey Wright said. "Our offense isn't going to
stay in a funk for very long. I don't think anyone's panicking
right now."With Alou sidelined, however, Bonds can expect even more walks --
though Madson and reliever Arthur Rhodes went after him for the
most part Saturday night."I just had fun facing him," Madson said. "Good things happen
when as a pitcher you have confidence."San Francisco also is missing second baseman Ray Durham, on the
DL since April 28 with a strained left hamstring.Madson (3-1) gave up one run and eight hits -- seven singles -- in
six-plus innings. He walked four overall and allowed 10 baserunners
in the first three innings, but escaped the early trouble
unscathed."I felt like Madson went at Bonds pretty good. He didn't back
off him," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who acknowledged
before the game it looked as though Bonds' timing was off a bit
Friday night.Rhodes worked the eighth and Tom Gordon got three outs for his
10th save in 10 chances. The team's new closer has held opposing
batters to an .083 average (4-for-48), lowest among NL relievers.The Phillies are 10-0 when leading after six innings.Utley hit a solo shot off Wright (2-3) in the first inning, his
third homer in two nights.Madson singled leading off the third and went to second on Jimmy
Rollins' single. Wright then got wild. He hit Utley with a pitch,
loading the bases, and walked Bobby Abreu, forcing in a run.
Another run scored on Pat Burrell's double-play grounder, making it
3-0.Mike Matheny doubled off Madson to start the seventh and scored
on Randy Winn's RBI groundout against reliever Rheal Cormier.Utley added a two-out RBI double in the seventh off Jeremy
Accardo, extending the lead to 4-1. Utley has 11 hits in 20 at-bats
and is 9-for-16 on the homestand."He's hitting everything we're throwing to him," Accardo said.Wright allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.After getting twisted around on Rollins' first-inning drive over
his head, Bonds turned it on and made a tough catch at the edge of
the warning track.
Bonds' godfather, Willie Mays, celebrated his 75th birthday
Saturday. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz made his major league debut
and threw out Winn trying to steal second in the first inning. ...
Cormier has not allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings this season. ...
Alou was leading the NL with a .378 batting average. ... Abreu has
reached base safely in 23 straight games. ... The Giants recalled C
Justin Knoedler from Double-A Connecticut to take Alou's spot on
the roster. ... Phillies CF Aaron Rowand was ejected in the fourth
by plate umpire Greg Gibson for arguing balls and strikes. ...
Attendance was 44,042, a sellout.