Bonds belt beats down D-Backs

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004

 

  MATT YORK  

MATT YORK

 

PHOENIX Barry Bonds hit his 699th home run, and the San Francisco Giants regained the NL wild-card lead with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Bonds walked twice, increasing his record total to 203, before homering in the ninth off Mike Koplove, a drive off the bottom of the center-field scoreboard that was estimated at 460 feet. With 41 homers this season, he is third on the career list behind Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). It was the 100th September homer of his career.

San Francisco (79-65) won for the sixth time in eight games and moved one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs (76-64).

Jason Schmidt (16-6) pitched a four-hitter, struck out nine and walked two in his fourth complete game.

Marlins 11, Cubs 1

CHICAGO Juan Pierre had three of Florida's 15 hits, and A.J. Burnett (7-6) allowed one run and six hits in eight innings as the Marlins gained a four-game split and remained 2 1/2 games behind the Giants.

Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run double and Paul Lo Duca added a two-run single for the Marlins.

Padres 15, Rockies 2

DENVER Brian Giles hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth off Steve Reed (3-6), then capped a 12-run ninth with a three-run homer against Chris Giselle. San Diego, which stayed 2 1/2 games back of the Giants, had 18 hits and won for just the fourth time in 12 games.

Phillies 4, Mets 2

NEW YORK Vicente Padilla (6-7) allowed four hits in 6 2-3 shutout innings as Philadelphia won its sixth straight and completed its second three-game sweep of the Mets in 10 days. Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his 19th save as the Phillies remained 4 1/2 games off the wild-card lead.

Cardinals 7, Dodgers 6

LOS ANGELES Larry Walker went 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs, ending the Dodgers' five-game winning streak. The Cardinals went 2-4 on their first losing road trip of the season.

Braves 9, Expos 8

ATLANTA Andruw Jones hit a winning double in the 12th off Luis Ayala (5-10) after an error by shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Brewers 11, Reds 0

CINCINNATI Russell Branyan homered in his first two at-bats and Brady Clark hit a three-run homer as former Reds delivered against their old team.

Ben Sheets (11-11) struck out 11 in seven innings his eighth double-digit game this season and allowed three hits and no walks.

Astros 5, Pirates 4

PITTSBURGH Pinch-hitter Jason Lane doubled home Eric Brunlett, who also doubled, in the 10th as Houston rallied after being held hitless by Dave Williams for six innings.

American League

Yankees 9, Orioles 7

BALTIMORE Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui hit consecutive homers in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees took advantage of 14 walks Sunday in a 9-7 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

New York, which reopened a 3 1/2-game lead over second-place Boston in the AL East, trailed 6-2 in the fifth before winning for the seventh time in eight games. The Yankees, who have rallied from deficits of four or more runs in nine wins this year, stranded 17 runners and went 0-for-5 with the bases loaded.

Mariners 2, Red Sox 0

SEATTLE Gil Meche (5-6) pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout and Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Derek Lowe (14-11).

Boston, shut out for the third time this season, has a five-game lead over Anaheim in the wild-card race.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 with singles in the first and eighth, boosting his total to 231 hits this season. He has 20 games left to reach the 84-year-old major league record of 257, set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns.

Angels 11, White Sox 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. Bartolo Colon (15-11) allowed six hits and struck out six in seven innings to win for the 10th time in 13 decisions. Garret Anderson drove in three runs for the Angels, who began the day two games behind Oakland in the AL West.

Rangers 7, Blue Jays 6

ARLINGTON, Texas Mark Teixeira homered twice, including a go-ahead, two-run shot drive in the eighth off Justin Speier (3-7) as Texas completed a three-game sweep.

Twins 8, Tigers 5

DETROIT Terry Tiffee, Torii Hunter and Cristian Guzman homered as Minnesota (82-60) won its fifth straight game and ensured its fourth consecutive winning season.

Devil Rays 7, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jorge Sosa (4-4) allowed five hits in seven shutout innings to win for the first time in six starts since July 31.

Athletics 1, Indians 0

OAKLAND, Calif. Barry Zito (11-10) struck out 10 for the first time since May 27 last year at Minnesota, and Erubiel Durazo hit his career-high 22nd homer as Oakland maintained its two-game AL West lead over Anaheim.



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