Giants bring lot of pop to Coors
A.J. Pierzynski and Dustan Mohr each hit a three-run homer and Neifi Perez also connected for the Giants, who were impressive in the opener of this four-game series after losing three of four at Arizona following their season-high 10-game winning streak.
"It was a little discouraging in Arizona," said Schmidt, who improved to 10-2 lifetime against the Rockies. "We scored a lot of runs and the bats got going. This might be the start of something good."
Bonds hit his 15th homer of the year, a two-run shot, on an 0-1 pitch from Jeff Fassero (0-5) in the fifth inning for a 4-2 lead. Pierzynski homered three batters later.
But Fassero wasn't even supposed to give Bonds anything to hit.
After pitching to Bonds last weekend in San Francisco, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he wouldn't do so this time unless he had to. Bonds hit a game-winning homer against Colorado last Friday, part of a three-homer outburst in four games.
"We had a communication disagreement," Hurdle said. "[Catcher] Charles Johnson went out and expressed my desires, and Jeff felt a little differently and wanted to try things.
"Jeff told me he tried to bounce that breaking ball. So, we went from Plan A to Plan B and tomorrow we will employ Plan C, which is drastically going to reduce the number of swings he's going to be available to take."
Said Fassero: "That pitch was six inches off the plate and he still hit it out. ... I was supposed to pitch away from him. I was supposed to bounce it in the dirt, get him to swing at it and get ahead 0-2."
Mohr connected in the sixth and matched his career high with four hits in a rare start. Manager Felipe Alou said he wanted to give Mohr some playing time because he's been such a good sport riding the bench.
Mohr has been working every day in the batting cage to improve his swing and believes he's beginning to make progress.
"I'm trying not to press at the plate," he said. "I think if anything I'm trying not to do too much. It's nice to see that work start to pay off."
Bonds' homer into the bleachers in right field traveled an estimated 410 feet. It was his 21st homer at Coors Field. The six-time NL MVP is third on the career home run list behind Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
Luis Gonzalez hit his fifth homer of the year leading off the seventh, ending a five-game homerless stretch for the Rockies. Todd Helton hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Jeromy Burnitz added a solo shot two batters later for his 15th of the year. Vinny Castilla hit his 15th of the season in the ninth.
Schmidt (7-2), a 17-game winner and the NL ERA leader last season, has been impressive since late April. He has won seven of his last eight starts, getting a no-decision May 6 at New York in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Mets.
Schmidt beat the Rockies 3-1 last Sunday in San Francisco and cruised Friday after the first inning.
The right-hander allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked one in six innings. He allowed two runs in the first on an RBI single by Royce Clayton and Castilla's sacrifice fly.
Fassero allowed five runs on six hits in two innings after relieving starter Joe Kennedy, who left after three innings with tightness in his throwing shoulder.
Bonds grounded out in the second, then was intentionally walked in the third with Marquis Grissom aboard. After his homer, the Rockies walked Bonds again in the sixth.
Bonds has a .325 average at Coors Field. He has a major league-leading 74 walks, 39 intentional, in 45 games.
Perez hit a two-run homer in the third off Kennedy to tie it at 2, his second of the season. Pedro Feliz doubled twice, singled and drove in a run. San Francisco's 13 runs were a season high.
Kennedy isn't expected to miss his next start. The left-hander, winless in his last six starts, struck out two and walked three. Last year, Kennedy spent time on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation and missed more than a month.
The Rockies got three stolen bases in the first two innings, a season high. ... Colorado's Choo Freeman made his major league debut when he came in as a defensive replacement in CF in the seventh. ... Todd Linden, called up late Thursday, replaced Bonds in LF in the seventh. ... Pierzynski had four RBI.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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