SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds hit his third homer in three
days and Ray Durham hit two homers and drove in a career-high five
runs in the San Francisco Giants' 7-3 victory over the Oakland
Athletics on Friday night.
Bonds, who went 1-for-3 with an intentional walk, hit his 22nd
home run of the year and No. 680 of his career. He sent a 3-2 pitch
from Mark Redman (6-5) over the wall in left-center for a solo shot
leading off the fourth to put the Giants ahead 4-3. Bonds has four
homers in five days following a 12-game homerless drought.
Rueter won for the second time in four starts. He had two
straight no-decisions coming in, including last Saturday's 8-7,
10-inning loss to the A's in Oakland. He allowed three runs and six
hits in six innings, walked three and struck out one.
Oakland gave up four home runs a day after hitting a season-high
five to complete a three-game sweep of division rival Anaheim. The
A's had won six of eight, with the two losses during that stretch
coming to San Francisco last weekend.
Redman lost his second straight start to the Giants after a
defeat last Sunday pitching on three days' rest in place of the
injured Tim Hudson. He allowed four runs on six hits in 4 2/3
On Friday, the lefty was tagged for seven runs on six hits in
six innings. He walked five and struck out one.
Grissom hit his 13th homer of the year on a 3-2 pitch in the
first, a solo shot to left. Durham hit a two-run homer to left in
the third for his fifth of the season, then connected for a
three-run shot with two outs in the sixth.
Oakland, which began a nine-game road trip, has lost 13 of 17
away from home.
The A's are anxious to get back to full strength. The A's have
six players on the disabled list after lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes
was placed on the DL before the game with a back strain. The club
has used the DL eight times this season after needing it only six
times in all of 2003.
Mark Kotsay was thrown out at the plate trying to score the
tying run for the A's in the fifth. Byrnes doubled deep to the
corner in left, Bonds hit shortstop Neifi Perez on the relay just
behind third base, and Perez fired home a perfect throw to catcher
Yorvit Torrealba, who put a hard tag on Kotsay.
Bonds was intentionally walked in the fifth -- the inning after
his homer -- giving him 117 walks on the year and 62 intentional.
That leaves the six-time NL MVP four walks shy of passing Rickey
Henderson (2,190) for the major league record.
Coming into the game, Bonds had one other at-bat against
Redman -- and it was a homer. ... The Giants are 11-5 in interleague
games, while the A's fell to 8-8. ... Rueter is 6-3 in 12 career
outings against the A's. He improved to 14-5 in interleague. ...
The Giants sold out for the eighth straight game, drawing 42,586.