Final in 8

Rockies 7

(9-7, 4-3 away)

Giants 11

(11-8, 5-4 home)

    4:05 PM ET, March 16, 2007

    Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale, Arizona 

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    COL 202010200 7 - -
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    W: M. Cain

    L: B. Kim

    Giants 11, Rockies 7

    Associated Press

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Barry Bonds' latest home run off Byung-Hyun Kim wasn't nearly as memorable as his previous one.

    Bonds connected off Kim in their first matchup since the San Francisco star passed Babe Ruth with his 715th homer last May, helping the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 11-7 Friday.

    With the Rockies hoping to showcase Kim for a potential trade, the Giants battered the right-hander for eight runs in 4 2-3 innings. That drove Kim's spring ERA up to 9.00 in 13 innings.

    Kim was coming off his best outing of the spring, when he allowed one hit and one unearned run while striking out six in four innings against Kansas City on March 11. He struggled from the start in this one, allowing a home run to Randy Winn to start the bottom of the first.

    Kim struck out Bonds later that inning but ran into more trouble after walking the first two batters in the second. The Giants loaded the bases with none out before Kim struck out Kevin Frandsen and Matt Cain.

    Winn then hit an RBI single and Omar Vizquel followed with a bases-loaded triple before Bonds stepped to bat. He hit a high fly to center that carried well and just cleared the wall for his fourth homer this spring and second in two games.

    "I've seen enough of them. I knew that was going out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "His ball keeps carrying because he's so strong."

    Bonds had been 0-for-9 in his career against Kim before hitting the milestone homer last May 28 in San Francisco. Bonds left the game Friday just after his home run, playing only two innings in left field in the 91-degree heat. Bonds, who has lost three fly balls in the sun already this spring, handled his only chance cleanly.

    Armando Benitez, working his way back from last season's knee injuries, pitched his third scoreless inning of the spring for San Francisco. He allowed only a single to Jud Thigpen, ending the game by striking out Jeff Baker.

    Even though Baker was the only one of the four batters in the inning expected to be on Colorado's opening-day roster, Benitez had his best control of the spring, throwing his slider consistently for strikes.

    After blowing eight save chances last year, when he was booed constantly at home, Benitez hopes a healthy season will show those fans how good he can be.

    "They signed me here because they know what I can do. They didn't sign me because of my beautiful face," Benitez said. "Nobody wants to be hurt. I had bad luck."

    Even though the team looked into trading Benitez in the offseason, Bochy said he expects the right-hander to be his closer when the season starts.

    "There's no point in getting distracted with what happened last year," Bochy said. "That's last year. This is a new year. That's how he has to feel about it. He feels good and he's healthy. That's the biggest part of it."

    Cain fell behind 2-0 just three batters into the game -- hitting Willy Taveras with a pitch before allowing a triple to former teammate Steve Finley and an RBI single to Baker. Cain was touched for two unearned runs in the third, aided by Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel's third error of the spring.

    Cain allowed four runs -- two earned -- and five hits in four innings, lowering his spring ERA to 9.24. He hoped to go five innings but needed 73 pitches to get through four, ending his day early.

    "I need to work on putting away hitters quicker so I can lower my pitch count," Cain said.

    Game notes


    Giants OF Dave Roberts was scratched with a sore collarbone. He is scheduled to play when the teams meet again Saturday in Tucson. ... Kim allowed eight hits, two walks and struck out six in a 92-pitch outing. ... Giants top prospect Tim Lincecum pitched two innings, allowing a two-run homer to Baker, who finished 3-for-5 with four RBI. ... The Rockies optioned RHPs Denny Bautista and Ryan Speier, C Alvin Colina, and INF Omar Quintanilla to Triple-A Colorado Springs, and RHP Darren Clarke to Double-A Tulsa.

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