LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dodgers didn't get batters out ahead of
Barry Bonds, and he made them pay.
Bonds hit a three-run homer for his 1,300th career extra-base
hit, Brett Tomko came within two outs of his first major league
shutout and the San Francisco Giants defeated Los Angeles 7-1
Wednesday night."It just seems like he comes up every inning," Dodgers left
fielder Dave Roberts said about Bonds.It wasn't a one-man show.A.J. Pierzynski went 4-for-4 to tie his career high and had a
two-run double, helping the first-place Giants increase their lead
over San Diego in the NL West to 2½ games. The Dodgers dropped 3½ games back."I'm getting closer to where I thought I should've been at the
beginning," said Pierzynski, in his first NL season after being
traded from Minnesota. "I got some good pitches to hit."Ray Durham and former Dodger Marquis Grissom also homered off
Hideo Nomo, who has given up 16 homers this season, the most by a
Dodgers pitcher."He's having trouble throwing his split-finger for strikes and
that's the key," Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said. "When you're
getting behind guys and having to throw fastballs, you're going to
get hurt. Barry made him pay, and so did Gripp. His arm strength is
getting better and better, but mechanically, there's something
that's just not right."Asked if he's worried about being demoted to the bullpen, Nomo
said, "I don't really think about that. I personally don't think
my fastball has lost speed, but they've been hitting my fastball so
it's easy to say that."Bonds hit the first pitch he saw from Nomo into the left-field
pavilion in the third inning, giving San Francisco a 4-0 lead.
Durham singled and J.T. Snow walked to set up Bonds, who homered
for the 20th time after being hit by a pitch his first time up."He told me before the at-bat he was going to go the other
way," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. "Then he told me he
didn't hit it good enough."The Dodgers pitched to Bonds one night after walking him four
times, including twice intentionally, in a 2-1 victory. He was
1-for-3 and scored two runs. He didn't talk to reporters after the
game."When you don't get the guys in front of him [Bonds], and the
guys behind him get base hits, there were just too many people in
their lineup that were doing damage for that at-bat to have any
significance whatsoever," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said of Bonds'
homer.Tomko (3-4), in his second start since coming off the disabled
list, allowed one run and seven hits, struck out six and walked two
in 8 1/3 innings."Wins are better than shutouts," he said.He gave up three singles in the ninth, including Milton
Bradley's run-scoring hit up the middle on Tomko's 118th -- and
final -- pitch."I'm just proud of Tomko," Pierzynski said. "The way he's
pitched since coming off the DL is spectacular. I can get all the
looks in the world, but it doesn't mean much if he doesn't do that.
I wanted him to finish the game, but it's hard to shut out a big
league team."Scott Eyre got one out before walking Juan Encarnacion to load
the bases, but Jim Brower got pinch-hitter Jayson Werth to ground
out to end it.Tomko held the Dodgers to one run on three hits in six innings
of a 9-3 win last Thursday."It's tough to do that in back-to-back starts," he said. "If
it works the first time, why not have the same approach this
time?"The right-hander was out nearly two weeks with right elbow
inflammation."I'd been struggling trying to find it, throwing a lot," Tomko
said. "Just figuring it out was a big thing. I feel good, I'm
throwing hard. This is how it was early in my career."Durham led off the game with his 29th career leadoff homer.
Grissom hit his 12th homer in the fifth, triggering a three-run
inning that extended San Francisco's lead to 7-0. Pierzynski
greeted Wilson Alvarez with his third hit of the game, a two-run
double, after Deivi Cruz chased Nomo with a two-out single.Before the game, Tracy said he had no alternatives other than
keeping Nomo in the starting rotation. Afterward, when asked about
Nomo's status, Tracy said curtly, "We won't talk about that
tonight."Nomo (3-10) gave up seven runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in
his 100th career loss, and third straight to the Giants. The
right-hander, who struck out five and walked two, was booed as he
left the field.He's 0-9 in his last 10 starts since winning 9-4 at Colorado on
Bonds' 26th homer at Dodger Stadium is the most by an
opponent. ... Bonds has 17 seasons with at least 20 homers, three
short of Hank Aaron's record. ... Bonds has homered off Nomo four
times in his career. ... Nomo also got his 100th career victory
against the Giants on April 21, 2003, at Dodger Stadium. ...
Dodgers 1B Shawn Green dropped to the sixth spot in the lineup for
the first time since July 20, 2001, against Colorado. He was
0-for-4 and didn't hit a ball out of the infield. ... The Dodgers'
streak of consecutive crowds of more than 50,000 ended at seven.
The game attracted 41,081.