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Bonds 0-for-4 after wowing in batting practice

6/11/2002

TORONTO (AP) -- Corey Thurman will never forget who he beat for
his first major league win.

Thurman pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays won their
fifth straight with a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on
Monday night.

"I'm walking on Cloud 9 right now,'' Thurman said. "It was
amazing. I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life because
my first major league win came against Barry Bonds and the Giants.
Bonds is one of the greatest players to ever play this game. I've
been idolizing him since I was a kid.''

Bonds, who put on a show during batting practice, went 0-for-4
with a walk.

"I made sure I was out to watch batting practice. It was
crazy,'' Thurman said.

Bonds hit a ball off SkyDome's hotel in batting practice. Bonds
also hit balls into the fifth deck in right field, off the Hard
Rock Cafe in right and into the Sightlines restaurant in center
field.

"We pitched him away all game long,'' Kelvim Escobar said.

Toronto has won 10 of 11. The Blue Jays are 7-1 under new
manager Carlos Tosca.

Toronto starter Esteban Loaiza allowed five runs in 3 2/3
innings, but the Giants managed just two hits off four relievers.

Thurman (1-1), Scott Cassidy and Scott Eyre shut the down the
Giants before Escobar got four outs for his 13th save in 17
chances. He struck out Bonds with one out and the tying run on
first in the ninth.

"I was on my game tonight,'' Escobar said. "When I'm on, I'm
on. I can face anybody.''

San Francisco starter Kirk Rueter (7-4) allowed six runs on
eight hits in three-plus innings.

"I got behind everybody,'' Rueter said. "I didn't locate my
pitches.''

One day after he was hit in the arm guard with a pitch from New
York Yankees ace Roger Clemens, Bonds didn't want to talk about the
Rocket before the game.

"I don't want to say anything that I'll regret later on,''
Bonds said. "It's really none of your business how I really
feel.''

Clemens, who hinted he might hit Bonds, could be disciplined. A
spokesman in major league disciplinarian Bob Watson's office said
the matter was under investigation.

Reggie Sanders' sacrifice fly and Rich Aurilia's RBI single tied
it at 5 in the fourth, but Toronto's Shannon Stewart hit an infield
single and later scored on Mondesi's double-play grounder in the
bottom half.

Damon Minor's homer in the third gave San Francisco a 3-1 lead.

Toronto scored four runs in the bottom half on Mondesi's 13th
homer, Vernon Wells' RBI single and Felipe Lopez's sacrifice fly.

Loaiza walked Sanders and Bonds before Benito Santiago hit an
RBI single in the first.

In the second, Sanders drove in Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who doubled,
and Aurilia followed with an RBI single, giving the Giants a 2-0
lead.

Toronto's Ken Huckaby hit a run-scoring single in the bottom
half.

Game notes
Fans booed Toronto's Carlos Delgado in the third inning
after he didn't run out a ground ball. Delgado ran hard the next
two times he hit a grounder. ... San Francisco's Jeff Kent returned
to the lineup after missing Sunday's game with a sore left foot.
... Toronto rookie Eric Hinske missed the game with a slightly
pulled left hamstring.