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Bonds drives in run with HBP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella
wanted to make sure Jerome Williams was in compliance with the rule
book and wound up motivating the San Francisco Giants pitcher.

Williams took a three-hitter into the eighth inning against the
Devil Rays on Tuesday night, flourishing long after Piniella asked
the umpires to make the right-hander remove a necklace he was
wearing at the start of the Giants' 7-3 victory.

"It's not going to discourage me at all. I will get fired up,
but I will not show that on the mound," said Williams, who ripped
off the jewelry and tossed it all the way to the dugout with two
outs in the second inning. "That was a pretty good chuck, too.
After that happened, I just wanted to go out there and throw, and
that's what I did."

Michael Tucker hit a two-run homer in support of Williams (5-4),
who had lost of three of four decisions in his previous seven
starts.

Barry Bonds went 1-for-2 with two walks in his first visit to
Tropicana Field. He drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with
the bases loaded in the seventh, then added a RBI single in the
ninth.

The game drew 13,275 -- well below the 35,083 the Giants have
averaged on the road in the NL. Fans booed when reliever Trever
Miller's only pitch struck the San Francisco star in the upper arm.

Williams allowed one run and four hits in seven-plus innings,
leaving after hitting a batter and giving up a single to Rey
Sanchez beginning the eighth. The Devil Rays scored when Aubrey
Huff grounded into a force play with the bases loaded against Jason
Christiansen, and Toby Hall added a two-run homer in the ninth off
Jim Brower.

Williams also gave up a two-out double to Sanchez in the third,
Huff's one-out single in the fourth and Jose Cruz, Jr.'s two-out
single in the sixth.

Piniella said all he was doing when he questioned the umpires
about the San Francisco starter's necklace was making sure the rule
book was enforced.

"It says no costume jewelry," the manager said.

San Francisco manager Felipe Alou wasn't surprised by the way
Williams responded.

"It's not the first time," Alou said. "What I'm seeing is
that every time that happens, the kid turns it up a notch. ... But
that's not what makes him a tough guy. He had a good sinker
tonight, good breaking ball, good changeup."

The Giants won for the fourth time in five games and improved to
a major league-best 15-5 since May 18.

The Devil Rays took up where they left off in interleague play a
year ago when they went 3-15 -- the most interleague losses by one
team in one season.

Tucker hit his sixth homer in the second off Doug Waechter
(3-6), who yielded four runs and four hits before leaving before
the start of the third inning because of tendinitis in his right
middle finger.

A couple of mental errors helped the Giants score twice in the
first inning.

Tucker came around on Marquis Grissom's single to shallow
center, but only after stopping at third and taking off for home
when Carl Crawford lobbed the ball back to the infield.

When the next batter, Bonds, drew a walk, Grissom was credited
with a stolen base when he trotted to second and continued on to
third where no one was covering the bag because the Devil Rays had
shifted the infield to the right. Grissom scored on Edgardo
Alfonzo's infield hit.

"I think we were watching Bonds and forgot to play in the first
inning," Piniella said.

"That was a disaster," Hall agreed.

Dewon Brazelton relieved Waechter and kept the score from
getting out of hand by retiring his first 10 batters.

San Francisco loaded the bases in the seventh on an error, a
walk and Grissom's single. Miller replaced Brazelton and hit Bonds,
forcing in a run that made it 5-0.

Game notes
Bonds, who was in the lineup as the Giants' DH, has reached
base by hit or walk in 48 of 49 games. ... Waechter has allowed 16
homers in 50 2-3 innings, including 11 in his last 29 2-3 innings.
... RHP Victor Zambrano, who scheduled to pitch Thursday's series
finale against the Giants, had all three of Tampa Bay's interleague
victories last year. He's 7-1 against the NL. ... Bonds is 2-for-9
against the Devil Rays with no home runs.