SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- David Bell had thoughts of doing some
carpentry after his tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning
barely cleared an advertisement that protrudes several feet above
the left-field fence.
Bell's two-out homer helped the San Francisco Giants beat the
Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Friday night for their third straight win. "I never noticed (the ad) before,'' said Bell, in his first
season with the Giants. "I saw the replay and saw how close it
came to hitting the thing. I wanted to run out there and try to cut
it off.'' Bell hit his 10th home run of the season on a 2-0 pitch from
reliever Rick Bauer (3-3). "I threw a bad pitch and he crushed it,'' said Bauer. "When I
saw him hit it, all I thought about was how far the ball would go.
I knew it when I threw it.'' Marty Cordova hit two solo home runs for the Orioles, who lost
in their first game at Pacific Bell Park. Felix Rodriguez (2-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.
Robb Nen recorded the final three outs for his 18th save in 21
opportunities. Because of the weather, Bell wasn't sure he hit the ball hard
enough to get it out. "This was probably the coldest day of the year,'' he said. "I
thought I hit it good enough, but you never know here.'' Giants right fielder Marvin Benard, who had two doubles, said
the wind was reminiscent of Candlestick Park, the Giants' former
home. "There was a Candlestick effect tonight,'' he said. "Some of
the wind would be coming into your back, and some of it would be
shooting off into left field.'' Barry Bonds went 1-for-1 with three walks, including his 29th
intentional walk. He's on a pace to break Willie McCovey's major
league record of 45 free passes in 1969. Giants starter Kirk Rueter allowed three runs on seven hits over
six innings. Since a six-game winning streak, Rueter is 1-4 with a
no-decision. Baltimore starter Scott Erickson pitched six innings, allowing
three runs on eight hits. Erickson, who hasn't won since his four-hit shutout over Kansas
City on April 28, received his third straight no-decision and
seventh of the season. "Every start something happens, and yes, it's frustrating,''
said Erickson. "Is this bad luck? I don't think so. It's just one
of those things five starts in a row now.'' Tony Batista's sacrifice fly scored Melvin Mora to give the
Orioles a 1-0 lead in the first. Cordova's first homer put Baltimore up 2-0 in the fourth. He
later it at 3 with a home run in the sixth. The Giants went up 3-2 in the fourth. Damon Minor doubled, went
to third on Santiago's groundout and scored when catcher Brook
Fordyce couldn't handle a throw from Batista on a ball hit by Bell. Tsuyoshi Shinjo doubled down the left-field line to score Bell,
and Rueter hit an RBI single.
Giants OF Reggie Sanders missed the game because of
sickness. ... Giants OF Tom Goodwin accepted an outright assignment
and will report to Triple-A Fresno of the PCL. ... The Orioles have
not won or lost more than two in a row since a four-game losing
streak May 10-15. ... The last time the Giants and Orioles played
each other was in 1959 when the two teams were both in the Phoenix
area for spring training. ... Giants pitchers were 0-for-15 since
interleague play began until Rueter singled in the fourth. ...
Shinjo recorded a putout at second base at the end of a 2-4-3-6-4-8
rundown play. ... Giants RHP Tim Worrell made his team-leading 34th
appearance. He has not allowed a run in his past eight outings. ...
Cordova recorded his seventh career multihomer game and his first
since last Aug. 14 against Minnesota.