SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- "Shhhh," Barry Bonds said, smiling as he
held his finger over his mouth instructing everyone to hush.
The slugger doesn't want anybody bringing up San Francisco's
impressive winning streak. There will be no jinxing the good thing
the Giants have going.
Bonds hit a two-run walkoff homer with two outs in the ninth to
lead the surging Giants to their season-best seventh straight
victory, a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
The way the wind was blowing, the 39-year-old slugger didn't
think the ball was headed out.
"I got it up high enough," said Bonds, who feels healthy again
after back spasms sidelined him for five games last week. "I feel
good. Better. Still old. When you're healthy, you can do a lot."
It was Bonds' 10th career walkoff homer and first since last
Aug. 10 against Atlanta. He's homered three times in his last four
"They're fun," Bonds said of game-winning homers. He gave a
pep talk to the team in the dugout before the game.
Jim Brower (2-3) pitched the ninth for the win and the reigning
NL West champions look like themselves again.
Chacon (0-2) has allowed 10 runs in his last five appearances.
"I want to be out there every day, I just have to figure out
how to stop the bleeding," Chacon said. "I'm in between somewhere
and I'm lost."
Grissom, just 2-for-12 (.167) during this six-game homestand
coming into the game, finished with two hits.
"I got lucky," he said. "I was just trying to get a good
pitch to hit and stay back. I've been jumping at the ball lately.
He jammed me, but I got enough wood on it."
Even reliever Wayne Franklin had a good feeling about this game,
and he hasn't pitched in a week because the team's on a roll.
"I thought he was going to hit it 700 feet," Franklin said of
Shawn Estes appeared set to pick up the win against his former
team in his first game in San Francisco since being traded by the
Giants in December 2001.
Instead, the Rockies lost their sixth straight road game and
their seventh straight in San Francisco.
Estes gave up five hits, struck out six -- four looking -- and
walked four in 5 1-3 innings. Only one of the outs the Rockies
recorded in the first five innings left the infield.
Bonds finished 3-for-5. He came up with runners on first and
second with two outs in the seventh and Javier Lopez entered to
face the six-time NL MVP. Bonds lined out to shortstop Royce
Clayton, another former Giants player.
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said before the game that when
Bonds is up "nobody goes to pee and nobody goes to get coffee."
Hurdle loves the "confrontation" of pitcher vs. hitter, and took
a chance against Bonds.
"Plan A didn't work," Hurdle said. "When you miss location,
you make trouble for yourself with him. If we can't make the
pitches, we might have to go to plan B like everybody else."
The Giants also had their chances in the sixth.
Estes loaded the bases in the sixth for pinch-hitter A.J.
Pierzynski after walking Jeffrey Hammonds and giving up
back-to-back singles to Bonds and Pedro Feliz to start the inning.
The walk chased Estes, and Reed got Pierzynski to ground into a
double play to end the threat.
Johnson connected for his 10th homer of the season on the first
pitch he saw from Brett Tomko leading off the fourth, a solo shot
over the wall in left-center.
Burnitz drove in the Rockies' first run with his third-inning
single up the middle.
Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a double for the Rockies, who
have lost eight of nine.
Tomko allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, struck
out one and walked three.
He was hit in the left wrist by a broken bat on Mark Sweeney's
groundout in the first. Trainer Stan Conte rushed to the mound, but
Tomko stayed in.
Estes, who spent five-plus seasons with the Giants, had faced
his former teammates just one other time since he left -- an 8-2
loss at Shea Stadium on May 8, 2002, while with the Mets.
Grissom's other hit was a first-inning single off Estes. He's
batting .435 (10-of-23) lifetime against Estes.
Colorado 1B Todd Helton missed his seventh straight game
with a strained oblique. ... The Rockies are 9-27 in San Francisco
since the new ballpark opened in 2000. ... Estes is 16-6 in SBC
Park. ... The Giants hit into their league-leading 53rd and 54th
double plays. ... The Giants became the first team in the majors to
draw a million fans this year. Attendance was 39,983 Friday, giving
them 1,039,652 fans through 27 home dates.