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Hermanson takes no-hitter into 7th; Bonds homers

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Dustin Hermanson made an impressive return to
St. Louis.

Hermanson, released by the Cardinals last June, took a no-hitter
into the seventh inning and Barry Bonds hit a three-run homer one
day before his 40th birthday, helping the San Francisco Giants end
St. Louis' five-game winning streak with a 7-2 victory Friday
night.

Hermanson (4-3) allowed only a fourth-inning walk to Albert
Pujols before Pujols' 28th homer ended his no-hit bid with one out
in the seventh. Bonds never moved in left field as the ball sailed
far above him -- a drive estimated at 434 feet.

"If you guys go back and look at it, it was shoulder high,"
Hermanson said. "I've got to tip my cap to him. If he's not the
best hitter in the game, he's one of the two or three."

Hermanson gave up two runs on three hits in 6 2-3 innings. He
struck out five and walked one for his first victory since June 27,
then had nothing but good things to say about the Cardinals.

"I have no regrets about what I did over here," Hermanson
said. "I wasn't trying to get back at these guys. I have all the
respect in the world for Tony La Russa."

The Giants, facing the Cardinals for the first time this year,
are 6-1 against St. Louis the last two seasons. The Cardinals lost
for only the second time in 14 home games, and have won 15 of 18
overall.

"We're human, everybody here," Pujols said. "Hopefully we
bounce back tomorrow. You never look at how you start a series, you
look at how you finish."

Bonds' 25th homer of the season, and 683rd of his career, gave
the Giants a 6-0 lead in the seventh. He had been 0-for-8 against
Jeff Suppan (9-6) before launching a 3-1 fastball over the
right-field wall for his first homer in five days.

"We needed to pitch to Bonds carefully, and me trying to be too
careful I ended up making a mistake," Suppan said. "I was in a
situation where you can't make a mistake.

"I put the team in a situation where we were going to lose."

La Russa blamed himself for not calling for an intentional walk
after Suppan fell behind.

"That situation, as soon as the count got away from us that's
my mistake," La Russa said. "That's where he should have been
walked.

"That's my call and I messed that one up."

Bonds wasn't surprised that the Cardinals switched to a
left-handed reliever for his at-bat.

"It don't matter, I've hit 300-plus off left-handers," Bonds
said. "I don't care who you bring in. Throw it over the plate."

Ray Durham also homered for the Giants, who ended the Cardinals'
27-inning shutout streak with two runs in the fourth. The Cardinals
shut out the Brewers the previous two games.

Suppan failed for now in a bid to make the Cardinals the only
team in the majors with four 10-game winners -- they're already the
only team with three. In seven innings, he gave up six runs on nine
hits to end a four-game winning streak built over seven starts.

The loss was Suppan's first since June 6 against the Astros.

J.T. Snow singled and Bonds walked on four pitches to start the
fourth and they scored on A.J. Pierzynski's sacrifice fly and
Marquis Grissom's run-scoring groundout to put the Giants ahead
2-0.

Durham hit his ninth homer to lead off the fifth, and Michael
Tucker and Snow singled in front of Bonds' homer in the seventh.

The Cardinals added a run in the seventh on doubles by Scott
Rolen and Reggie Sanders to chase Hermanson.

Pierzynski doubled to start the eighth and scored on a one-out
single by Neifi Perez off Cal Eldred to make it 7-2 in the eighth.

Game notes
All but five of Bonds' homers have come against
right-handers. ... Suppan was hitless in two at-bats and is
0-for-37 at the plate in a slump that dates to his last hit July
28, 2003, off the Giants' Brett Tomko, then with St. Louis, at
Busch Stadium. Last year, he batted .293 with two RBI, and he's
0-for-32 this year. ... The Giants are 19-13 on the road since May
18. ... The Cardinals haven't posted three straight shutouts since
Sept. 6-8, 1988. ... Before this start, Suppan had allowed three or
fewer runs in 11 of his last 12 starts. ... Hermanson is 4-0 with a
2.27 ERA against the Cardinals. ... Durham had been 5-for-44
against Suppan before his homer.