Ramirez, Cubs rally in eighth to beat Giants

" Help on the way: The Cubs announced during the game that they had acquired A's catcher Jason Kendall.

" Figure this: The Cubs have won four straight since the All-Star break and are a season-high five games over .500.

" Quotable: "It's been a lot of fun. This team is
coming together great." -- Cubs starter Rich Hill

-- ESPN.com news services

Cubs 3, Giants 2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Barry Bonds took his recovery day and will be
back in the lineup Tuesday. The San Francisco Giants are in dire
straits and desperately need a lift from their struggling

Aramis Ramirez lined a go-ahead two-run double off the wall in
left with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs
rallied for a 3-2 victory over slumping San Francisco on Monday

Two people hit balls over the Wrigley Field fence as Bonds
watched while his team lost another tough one. Everybody knows it
will take more than No. 25 playing again for the Giants to turn
things around.

"He will play tomorrow. I talked to him," said manager Bruce
Bochy, who certainly is questioning why he made the move from the
two-time NL West champion San Diego Padres.

Koyie Hill hit a solo home run in the third for the Cubs, who
won their fourth straight since the All-Star break and 16th in 20
overall to move a season-best five games over .500. Chicago sent
San Francisco to its fifth consecutive defeat and fourth in a row
to start the second half on a day Bonds was a late scratch from the
lineup to rest his sore legs.

Rich Hill (6-6) won for the first time in more than a month,
getting just enough offense in eight innings. Bob Howry finished
for his sixth save in 10 chances.

"It's been a lot of fun," Rich Hill said. "This team is
coming together great."

After Ramirez's double off Randy Messenger cleared the bases,
fans began throwing garbage over the outfield fences from several
directions in a strange response to their team taking the lead. The
grounds crew scurried out to clean up the mess.

"That's crazy because we were winning," Ramirez said. "They
usually do that when we're losing. I don't know. I guess they were
too excited."

The rally began on back-to-back two-out singles by
Ryan Theriot
and Derrek Lee off loser Kevin Correia (1-5). The bullpen blew it
yet again, spoiling a strong outing by rookie right-hander Tim
Lincecum, who struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

Lincecum was coming off his first two-start winning streak after
beating Arizona and St. Louis before the All-Star break. After
Alfonso Soriano's leadoff single in the first, the lone hit
Lincecum allowed was Koyie Hill's homer to start the third.

Pedro Feliz tied the game with a solo shot in the fifth inning
and scored the go-ahead run on a pinch-hit RBI single by
Guillermo Rodriguez in the eighth, but the Cubs answered in the bottom half.

Rich Hill ended a five-start winless stretch that featured two
losses since his last victory on June 7 at Atlanta. He hadn't gone
longer than 6 2/3 innings since then before Monday's impressive
eight-inning effort.

He allowed four hits and two runs, struck out three and walked
two. He switched gears slightly after learning Bonds wouldn't play.

"There was that adjustment made before the game," Hill said.
"We heard that he wasn't the lineup, just made a mental
adjustment, how you're going to approach it. He makes a difference
in the lineup."

Chicago announced late in the game it had acquired veteran
catcher Jason Kendall from the Oakland Athletics for catcher
Rob Bowen and minor league pitcher Jerry Blevins. Cubs general manager
Jim Hendry said Kendall told him he'd do his best to arrive in time
for Tuesday night's game with the Giants.

Manager Lou Piniella plans to bat him seventh.

"He gives you a good professional at-bat and he'll take a
walk," Piniella said.

Bonds has been stuck at 751 home runs and four shy of tying Hank
Aaron's record for nearly two weeks -- though he did have the
All-Star break last week.

He is mired in one of the worst slumps of his 22-year career and
might sit out again Tuesday night. The slugger, who turns 43 on
July 24, erupted in frustration after going 0-for-5 on Sunday for
the second straight day.

"It's an embarrassment for me to be wearing this [expletive
deleted] uniform 'cause of the way I'm playing. There, that's it.
Now go away," Bonds said.

Then he overturned a laundry cart as he walked through the
clubhouse, a rare public display of emotion with his pursuit of the
Hammer stalled.

Bonds is 0-fer in his last 20 at-bats, hitless in six straight
games and hasn't homered in 23 at-bats, since July 3 at Cincinnati.

The Giants, coming off a discouraging weekend sweep at home by
the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers, fell to a season-worst 14 games
below .500. Many are expecting a firesale come the trading deadline
later this month -- that is if the Giants can find some takers for
some of their aging veterans.

Game Notes
Bonds homered in each of his last two games against the
Cubs, Sept. 2-3, 2006, at Wrigley. ... San Francisco's Dave Roberts
matched his career-best hitting streak at 10 games with a single in
the eighth. ... Lincecum has allowed only four earned runs in his
last 28 1/3 innings. ... Rodriguez, a rookie who spent 12 years in
the minors, is 4-for-5 with runners in scoring position since being
called up June 8. ... Feliz hit his 13th home run and first in 40
at-bats since a shot off Greg Maddux on June 27.