San Francisco remains only undefeated team

Giants belittle Padres

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds had a spectacular sliding catch with the bases loaded and scored the go-ahead run on J.T. Snow's sixth-inning single as the San Francisco Giants won their fifth straight game, beating the San Diego Padres 4-1 Saturday.

Bonds, who hit a record 73 home runs last season, went 0-for-2 with two walks after hitting five homers in the first four games to tie Lou Brock's pace in 1967.

Aaron Fultz (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Giants, who remain the only undefeated team in the majors. Robb Nen earned his second save.

Pirates 6, Cubs 1

CHICAGO -- Josh Fogg pitched seven shutout innings in his first major league start and Pittsburgh rolled to its fourth win in five games.

Fogg, acquired along with Sean Lowe and Kip Wells from the White Sox for Todd Ritchie in an offseason trade, allowed just five hits to get his first big league win.

Expos 5, Reds 2

CINCINNATI -- Tomo Ohka gave up only a solo homer in five innings and Montreal took advantage of another slapstick Cincinnati inning to beat the Reds.

The Expos sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the sixth with only one hit -- an infield single. Montreal got four walks and a sacrifice fly, and third baseman Aaron Boone made a pivotal error.

Marlins 7, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Eric Owens hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning and Alex Gonzalez added a three-run homer in the ninth for Florida.

The Marlins, who squandered a 3-0 lead in the seventh, went back ahead in the eighth with Owens' hit off Jose Santiago (0-1).

Vladimir Nunez (1-0) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of rookie Josh Beckett to get the win.

Mets 11, Braves 2

ATLANTA -- New York scored nine runs in the ninth inning -- eight off Atlanta closer John Smoltz (0-1) -- to beat the Braves.

The Mets won at Turner Field for the second night in a row despite losing All-Star catcher Mike Piazza to a bruised knee in the sixth inning. Piazza's replacement, Vance Wilson, hit a two-run double off Smoltz in the ninth.

Diamondbacks 6, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE -- Randy Johnson beat Milwaukee for the 13th straight time, striking out 12 in seven innings for Arizona.

Johnson (2-0), who is undefeated in his last 16 starts against Milwaukee, allowed one run, five hits and three walks. He improved to 16-4 against the Brewers, who last beat him on Aug. 5, 1992, at old County Stadium.

Brewers right-hander Nick Neugebauer (0-1) gave up three runs and three hits in five innings in his third major league start and first since offseason shoulder surgery.

Cardinals 8, Astros 4

HOUSTON -- Albert Pujols hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs to lead St. Louis over Houston.

Matt Morris (2-0) gave up two unearned runs in six innings as he ended a two-game losing streak to the Astros. He gave up six hits and two walks and struck out seven.

Dodgers 9, Rockies 2

LOS ANGELES -- Kazuhisa Ishii sparkled in his major league debut, and Brian Jordan hit a grand slam to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Ishii (1-0), the second Japanese-born pitcher in Dodgers history, allowed two hits and struck out 10 in 5 2-3 scoreless innings.

Following Hideo Nomo's path to Chavez Ravine, Ishii signed a $12.3 million, four-year contract with Los Angeles after 10 distinguished seasons in the Japanese League.

Jordan hit his fifth career slam off reliever Todd Jones, capping a six-run seventh inning for the Dodgers. It was Jordan's first home run since joining Los Angeles in a Jan. 15 trade that sent Gary Sheffield to Atlanta.

Mark Grudzielanek had an RBI double for the Dodgers, who also got run-scoring singles from Eric Karros, Cesar Izturis and Paul Lo Duca.

A 28-year-old left-hander who pitched in six of the last 10 Japan Series Championships for the Yakult Swallows, Ishii befuddled a Colorado offense that included the last two NL batting champs and led the league in batting average and runs scored last season.

After averaging better than a strikeout per inning in Japan, Ishii's total against the Rockies tied the Dodgers record for the most strikeouts by a pitcher in his first big league game -- set by Pedro Astacio on July 3, 1992, against Philadelphia.

But despite a good-sized turnout of Japanese media and an appreciative crowd of 38,693, Ishii's first big league game bore none of the frenzy associated with Nomo's first season in the majors -- when the stoic right-hander with the corkscrew delivery was named NL rookie of the year and ''Nomomania'' became one of baseball's buzz words.

Seven years, 82 victories and two no-hitters later, Nomo warmly greeted Ishii with applause and a handshake when he returned to the dugout after slipping a called third strike past three-time batting champ Larry Walker to end the first inning.

Throwing an assortment of nasty sliders and off-speed pitches, Ishii retired his first nine batters and fanned eight of his first 14 -- including 2000 NL batting champ Todd Helton twice.

Ishii, who threw 57 strikes among his 95 pitches, issued a pair of one-out walks in the sixth and watched both runners advance on a fly to center by Helton. But Giovanni Carrara came in and struck out Todd Zeile.

The Rockies scored both their runs in the seventh against Carrara with a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Juan Pierre.

Rookie Jason Jennings (0-1) was charged with three runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander was 4-1 in seven starts last season, including victories in his first three big league outings.

Notes: Nomo made his big league debut on May 2, 1995, at San Francisco, and pitched five scoreless innings, but the Dodgers lost 4-3 in 15. Nomo struck out seven and allowed only one hit, a double by Robby Thompson. ... Ishii and Nomo, among 11 Japanese players currently in the majors, had identical records of 78-46 in the Japanese League. Nomo pitched for the Kintetsu Buffaloes. ... Ishii got some defensive help in the fifth from CF Dave Roberts, who robbed Benny Agbayani of extra bases with a leaping catch before crashing into the fence. ... Ishii's deal includes club options for 2006 and 2007. He allowed 12 earned runs over 8 1-3 innings in four relief appearances during spring training.

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