Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 7/31)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 31
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 1
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Game 3: Thursday, August 2
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Giants 3

(46-58, 21-31 away)

Dodgers 1

(57-49, 29-25 home)

    10:10 PM ET, July 31, 2007

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: N. Lowry (12-7)

    L: B. Penny (13-2)

    S: B. Hennessey (9)

    Dodgers lose to Giants but keep Bonds in check

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: The Dodgers stopped Barry Bonds, keeping him one homer shy of tying Hank Aaron's record, but lost the game to the Giants.

    Pedro Feliz
    Feliz

    • Hero: Pedro Feliz hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning.

    • Unsung hero: Noah Lowry won for the sixth time in seven starts.

    • Did you hear that? Bonds was booed lustily in the home park of the Giants' archrival.

    • Quotable: "They were doing their booing, but it wasn't out of hand." -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Giants 3, Dodgers 1

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lots of boos and little else for Barry Bonds at Dodger Stadium.

    Back on the road, Bonds stayed stuck at 754 home runs when he went 0-for-2 with two walks in the San Francisco Giants' 3-1 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

    Since moving with one of Hank Aaron's record on Friday night in San Francisco, Bonds is 1-for-9 with seven walks.

    This was the opener of a six-game trip that ends in San Diego. Loved at home but reviled on the road, Bonds' main solace was that he got to head to his own home in Beverly Hills. He finished work early, too, coming out in the seventh inning for a pinch runner.

    "I thought they were great," Giants center fielder Dave Roberts, a former Dodger himself, said of the fans. "There was a lot of anticipation with us coming to town. I tip my hat to them. They were excitable."

    Earlier Tuesday, two other stars also missed chances for milestones -- Alex Rodriguez failed to hit his 500th home run at Yankee Stadium and the Mets' Tom Glavine was denied his 300th victory when his bullpen wasted a lead in Milwaukee.

    Bud Selig returned to see Bonds resume his quest after the commissioner missed the Giants' weekend series against Florida in San Francisco to be in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Hall of Fame induction.

    Dodger Stadium might be the ballpark where Bonds is most despised -- and 56,000 fans let him know it at every opportunity. The sea of Dodger Blue in the sellout crowd booed lustily when Bonds' name was announced, then again every time when he touched the ball on defense or stepped out of the dugout to make his way to the on-deck circle.

    "They were doing their booing, but it wasn't out of hand," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who wasn't sure whether Bonds would play Wednesday night. "He's feeling pretty good. He's getting his swings in. We'll see how he feels."

    Bonds emerged from the clubhouse after the game and found a horde of media waiting to enter. He took a couple of steps forward and the camera crews converged before he quickly retreated and shut the door.

    A Bonds lookalike escorted by a man dressed as Bonds' incarcerated trainer, Greg Anderson, made quite the entrance to their third-row seats behind home plate right when Bonds was coming up to bat in the first. Scott Keighley, a 47-year-old general contractor, carried an extra-large makeshift syringe that security confiscated.

    His son, 22-year-old Scott Jr., sported a full gray Giants' road uniform and wore brown makeup on his face and over a swim cap to appear as a black man -- and posed for many photos. He waited outside the Giants' clubhouse postgame. They had a 3-foot asterisk taken away at the gate.

    "We're not here to root for him," Scott Sr. said. "We're just getting a point across -- nothing obscene."

    When Bonds headed out to left field in the bottom half, a soccer ball was thrown onto the warning track behind him.

    Thousands of fans chanted a popular phrase questioning Bonds' ability.

    Batting practice before the game was exceptionally lively.

    "I love you Barry!" someone yelled from the upper decks.

    Bonds saluted a fan behind home plate before stepping in to take a round of cuts.

    "We heard talk about this being a distraction for our team," Roberts said. "That couldn't be any further from the truth. We're where we are because of the 25 guys in this clubhouse, not only because of Barry Bonds. At the same time, we're ready for this to be over."

    There's no question Bonds would like to break the record soon.

    He struck out on three pitches from All-Star Brad Penny (13-2) ending the first, walked intentionally in the third and drew another free pass in the sixth. He reached in the seventh after shortstop Rafael Furcal dropped the high popup in shallow left-center. Fred Lewis then entered to run for Bonds and took over at his spot in left field.

    The Giants aren't the only ones growing tired of the hype around Bonds' pursuit.

    "I don't really want to talk about Barry right now," Penny said. "I'm done answering questions about the Barry thing."

    Next up is Mark Hendrickson, a 6-foot-9 left-hander who starts Wednesday night for the Dodgers. He hasn't surrendered a home run to Bonds in eight at-bats.

    Still, Bonds was happy to get to sleep in his own bed for a few nights.

    "Isn't it always nice to be home?" Bonds said before the game, sitting at a locker that's not in the corner for a change.

    Game notes


    Pedro Feliz hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth on a clear and pretty night at Chavez Ravine. Noah Lowry (12-7) won for the sixth time in seven starts as Los Angeles fell out of first place in the NL West. ... Brad Hennessey finished for his ninth save in 11 chances. ... Penny lost for the first time in 13 starts since a defeat against the Angels in Anaheim on May 18. He had won eight straight decisions to tie his career high and had victories in his last three starts. ... Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson traveled to Los Angeles on Tuesday and will be on hand until Aaron's record falls. Idelson met with Bonds at length in San Francisco last month and the slugger has discussed donating a batting helmet to the Hall. ... The Dodgers sold out for the ninth time. Wednesday and Thursday are also sellouts.

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