LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Already bothered by a sore knee, Barry Bonds
has bone chips in his swollen left elbow. He said he plans to
continue playing with the problem until it forces him out.
Bonds was 0-for-2 with two walks, one intentional, in San
Francisco's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday
night in a game delayed nearly two hours by rain. Ray Durham's
sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, helping
the Giants win the series opener.
Bonds said the bone chips were discovered in spring training,
causing him to miss a week. He told MLB.com before the game that he
would continue playing until his arm "blows up."
Asked after Friday's game what he meant, Bonds said, "It means
I quit. Gone."
However, he said he's "not at all" worried about that
"I played with bone chips before. I played with them in my knee
with Pittsburgh many years," he said. "They only hurt when
they're in the way. Once they move out of the way, you're all
Still without a homer this season, Bonds said his arm was not
the cause of his low offensive production.
"I don't make no excuses," he said. "It was me."
Omar Vizquel led off the ninth with a single, took second on
Hong-Chih Kuo's wild pitch and went to third on an infield
groundout by Steve Finley. Vizquel scored on Durham's deep
sacrifice fly to right with one out.
Kuo (0-2) gave up one run and one hit in 1 1-3 innings, struck
out one and walked two.
"I felt sharp," Wright said. "I knew it was going to be a
tough game. I'm just glad we got the game in. I like pitching here.
I like the fact it's a big rivalry and it gives you a little extra
Randy Winn gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a
leadoff homer, his first of the season.
Jeff Kent countered for the Dodgers in the sixth, tying the game
on a one-out, two-strike homer -- also his first.
A solid outing by Dodgers starter Brad Penny was dashed when he
left after six innings because of a bruise on his right arm caused
by a comebacker from Finley in the fourth.
"It was pretty stiff and it was getting worse," said Penny,
who doesn't expect to miss his next start.
Penny retired 18 of the 20 batters he faced, including the first
nine in a row. He struck out four and walked none.
"Penny was outstanding," Dodgers manager Grady Little said.
"Had he not gotten hit on the arm, I think you would've seen both
of them go very deep into that game and not a whole lot of
The game began after a 1-hour, 57-minute rain delay that didn't
deter Los Angeles fans famous for leaving early. They lustily booed
Bonds when the Giants' starting lineup was announced and again when
he took left field for the first time.
Extra security guards were stationed in left and right fields
between innings, the result of the Dodgers and major league
baseball combining to tighten security around Bonds during the
A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds committed
perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never used steroids, a
person with knowledge of the probe has told The Associated Press.
Bonds said he had no reaction to the grand jury investigation.
"I will never comment because I choose not to," he said.
"We just won a game. You got anything else to talk about?" he
retorted. "Does anybody want to talk about baseball?"
Fans stayed on Bonds' case, chanting "steroids" while he stood
in the outfield in the bottom of the first. In between batters, he
glanced over his left shoulder at the seats behind him.
In the bottom of the fifth, a small, unidentifiable object was
tossed from the left field seats in Bonds' direction, but it didn't
come near him. A worker ran onto the field and picked it up without
Bonds flied to left in his first two at-bats and walked in the
seventh, tying Met Ott's franchise record of 1,708. He was
intentionally walked in the ninth before being replaced by a
He has yet to homer this season, remaining stuck at 708 -- seven
away from passing Babe Ruth's 714 for second on the career list.
Bonds ran hard into left center to rob J.D. Drew of a base hit
in the sixth.
CF Kenny Lofton, who came off the 15-day DL Friday, was
removed from the starting lineup because of wet field conditions.
He pinch-hit in the seventh, hitting into an inning-ending double
play. ... Kent's 332nd career homer tied him with Bobby Bonds
(Barry's late father) and Jim Edmonds for 81st on the all-time
list. ... The Dodgers rewarded fans' patience with the bad weather
by offering them free tickets to either the May 23 or 24 games