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Bonds leads rout of D-Backs, Schilling

7/12/2003

PHOENIX (AP) -- Curt Schilling's return did nothing to alter the
dominance of Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants over the
Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bonds tied a major league record with his 12th consecutive
30-homer season and rookie Jerome Williams allowed two hits through
six innings Saturday in the Giants' 8-1 victory over Arizona.

Ray Durham greeted Schilling with a home run on the second pitch
of the game -- the first outing for Arizona's right-handed ace since
he broke his right hand on May 30.

Bonds hit a mammoth 448-foot smash over the swimming pool in
right-center with one out in the fourth, his major league-leading
30th home run of the season -- matching the mark set by Jimmie Foxx
from 1929-40.

"His swing is special right now," Giants manager Felipe Alou
said. "He's getting around some fastballs that I don't remember
any guys getting around at that age, and to pull them a long ways
like he did that one from Schilling today."

The San Francisco star has homered in five consecutive games and
eight of his last nine, including a 432-foot drive off Arizona's
Miguel Batista in Friday night's 10-7 victory. He has 643 homers,
17 shy of Willie Mays for No. 3 on the career list.

Bonds also had a two-run, opposite-field double as San Francisco
improved to 6-1 against Arizona this season and increased its NL
West lead over the second-place Diamondbacks to six games.

If they win Sunday, the Giants will head into the All-Star break
with a three-game sweep of their nearest challenger.

After winning 18 of 21, Arizona has been outscored 32-10 while
losing three in a row for the first time since May 17.

"It's what happens when big league hitters get pitches to
hit," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "We've just made some
mistakes in the strike zone and they've hit them hard."

Schilling (4-4) gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits in
six innings. He struck out five, walked two, hit Bonds with a pitch
and allowed a run to score when he was called for runner's
interference.

"I'm disappointed. I didn't pitch well," Schilling said. "I
felt fine. Everything felt good. I just didn't get the job done
today."

Williams (5-1) won his fifth straight start, one shy of the club
record for a rookie. The 21-year-old right-hander allowed no earned
runs, struck out seven and walked two with a baffling combination
of fastballs and slow breaking pitches. He didn't give up a hit
until Alex Cintron's single with no outs in the fifth.

"We have a pitcher there. The Giants have a pretty good
pitcher," Alou said. "Just keep him healthy, mentally and
physically -- he's 21? -- maybe for the next 20 years."

Williams shrugged off the fact that he was pitching against one
of baseball's biggest names in front of Arizona's second-largest
crowd of the season.

"Every time I just go out there and pitch," he said. "Whoever
is out there, whoever I'm facing, it doesn't matter to me as long
as I go out there and pitch well."

It was Asian Pacific Day at Bank One Ballpark, and the
Hawaiian-born Williams stood on the dugout and sang along with the
singers in their native language during a pregame ceremony.

"Yeah, that's my heritage right there," Williams said. "When
they were singing that song, I was singing every word of it because
I knew it. It made me feel at home."

In Bonds' first at-bat after his home run, Schilling plunked him
in the right upper arm with the first pitch of the sixth inning.

Jose Cruz Jr. walked, then Edgardo Alfonzo singled with one out
to drive in a run. Yorvit Torrealba hit one back to the mound, and
Schilling caught Cruz in a rundown between third and home. But
after tossing the ball to third baseman Craig Counsell, Schilling
barreled into the runner.

Third base umpire Tim McClelland called interference and sent
Cruz home to make it 5-1.

"I just made a fundamentally bad play," Schilling said. "I
should have given the ball up sooner and gotten out of the way.
Those are the kind of things in a game like that in a series like
this you can't do. The last two days we've been outpitched, we've
been outhit and we've been outplayed."

Marquis Grissom's infield single in the seventh was the 2,000th
hit of his career. Bonds followed with a two-run double off Eddie
Oropesa.

Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth but got just
one run when Counsell drew a two-out walk.

Game notes
Schilling was 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA in his five starts before
the injury. ... Arizona optioned RHP Andrew Good to Triple-A Tucson
to make room for Schilling, who came off the disabled list. ...
Williams has allowed two runs in his last four starts, two of them
complete games. ... Giants first baseman J.T. Snow committed his
second error in two games. He has three this season, all against
Arizona. ... Bonds has 13 30-homer seasons overall. Only Hank Aaron
has more with 15.