San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits a double off San Diego Padres' startinig pitcher Adam Eaton in his first at bat of the season during the second inning in San Francisco, Monday Sept. 12, 2005. Bonds is playing in his first game of the season.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds is just a foot or two shy of his old sluggin' self.
In his season debut for San Francisco, Bonds strode to the plate Monday night, tipped his batting helmet to the roaring, flashbulb-popping crowd, then helped the Giants beat the first-place San Diego Padres 4-3.
Bonds, who went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, worked a 3-2 count in his first at-bat and lined a double off Adam Eaton (10-4) that fell just shy of clearing the wall in left-center. It appeared at first that he had homered in his first trip to the plate since last October, but a fan reached over the fence and interfered with the ball, and the play was ruled a double.
Marlins 8, Astros 2
HOUSTON Dontrelle Willis gave Florida the NL wild-card lead with an outstanding all-around effort.
The effervescent lefty homered and pitched his seventh complete game this season, earning his 21st victory in the Marlins' win over Houston. Florida moved a half-game ahead of the Astros in the wild-card standings, taking the top spot for the first time since after games of Aug. 30.
Phillies 4, Braves 1
PHILADELPHIA Eude Brito tossed three-hit ball over six shutout innings in his third career start, keeping Philadelphia in the hunt for the NL wild card.
Pat Burrell had three hits and two RBIs, Jimmy Rollins extended his hitting streak to 18 games and three relievers allowed one run over three innings for the Phillies. Philadelphia entered 1 1/2 games behind wild card-leader Houston and one game behind Florida.
Reds 5, Cubs 2
CHICAGO Javier Valentin and Wily Mo Pena homered off Greg Maddux on consecutive pitches to start the fifth inning, and Cincinnati beat Chicago behind strong pitching from Aaron Harang.
Pena added a three-run homer in the ninth off Sergio Mitre to finish with four RBIs.
Harang (10-12) became the first Reds' pitcher to win 10 games, running his record against the Cubs this season to 3-0 by allowing two runs and eight hits in 8 1-3 innings. David Weathers got two outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.
Maddux (12-12) had a 1-0 lead and had given up just three singles before Valentin and Pena connected on homers to left-center opening the fifth.
Cardinals 4, Pirates 3
ST. LOUIS Pinch-hitter John Rodriguez's ninth-inning single off Salomon Torres (4-5) helped St. Louis reduce its magic number for clinching the NL Central to four.
St. Louis was outhit 11-6 but won for the 18th time in its last 21 games against the Pirates, including 11 of 14 this season.
Jason Isringhausen (1-1) worked a perfect ninth.
Ty Wigginton and Brad Eldred each had three hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who have lost 14 of 17. Starter Mark Redman left after five innings with a broken tip of his left index finger.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 0
LOS ANGELES Jeff Weaver won for the seventh time in eight decisions, pitching a three-hitter for his fifth career shutout as Los Angeles beat Colorado.
Rookie Willy Aybar went 3-for-5 with an RBI single, and Jayson Werth drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who tied a season high with six doubles.
Weaver (14-9) established a career high for victories, striking out nine and walking one. He won 13 games for 2001 with Detroit and matched that total last season, his first with the Dodgers.
Colorado rookie Jeff Francis (12-12) allowed six runs five earned and nine hits in four innings. He has yielded 111 earned runs in 30 starts, second-most in the NL to the 122 off Cincinnati's Eric Milton.
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