SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds wants nothing more than to pass
the Babe at home, and the San Francisco slugger has one more chance
before hitting the road again.
Bonds went without a home run for his fifth straight game, going
0-for-3 with a walk and a run in the Giants' 4-1 victory over the
Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
He remained at 714 home runs a week after hitting his last
homer, and is one from moving past Babe Ruth and into sole
possession of second place behind Hank Aaron's 755.
Giants manager Felipe Alou hoped Bonds would play in Sunday's
series finale before the team heads to Florida for three games
followed by three against the Mets in New York.
"My plan is to put him in the lineup," Alou said.
Pedro Feliz lined a go-ahead, two-run triple to left in the
fourth and Matt Cain won his second straight start, not allowing a
hit until a one-out double to Garrett Atkins in the fourth on a
breezy and cool Bay Area evening.
"I like that," Feliz said of batting in RBI situations.
"That's the opportunity to get them."
Bonds splashed a foul ball into McCovey Cove some 400 feet away
on the third pitch he saw leading off the second inning, then lined
out to right field one pitch later. That foul into the water was
the closest he's come to homering at home in 2½ weeks.
The seven-time NL MVP walked on five pitches in the fourth with
nobody aboard. He came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the
fifth with two outs and popped up to third on the first pitch, then
flied out to center in the eighth.
"Obviously we didn't want the situation when he came up with
the bases loaded," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "That
brought a lot of drama to the ballpark."
The number of fans standing when Bonds bats has greatly
diminished as this chase drags on. The media contingent is
"Smaller crowd every day," Alou said. "If Barry hits 715, I'm
going to be here by myself."
Before the game, Bonds posed for pictures and hugged fans on the
team's on-field photo day. Bonds was jovial, smiling often though
declining to sign autographs for the many seekers. He took part in
the session for nearly an hour.
The 41-year-old Bonds hit home run Nos. 500, 600 and 700 along
with 660 and 661 to tie and pass his godfather, Willie Mays, in San
Francisco's waterfront ballpark. In 2001, Bonds hit the final three
of his 73 homers at home to break Mark McGwire's single-season
record of 70.
Bonds has gone 17 at-bats and 23 plate appearances since hitting
714 on May 20 at Oakland against left-hander Brad Halsey. He went
29 at-bats without a homer after hitting No. 713 with a 450-foot
shot May 7 in Philadelphia.
Cain (3-5), who pitched a one-hit shutout last Sunday at Oakland
that ended a four-start winless stretch after he had his turn in
the rotation skipped once, allowed two hits in 5 2-3 innings and
left after issuing consecutive two-out walks to Brad Hawpe and JD
Closser in the sixth.
Cain struck out six and walked five in a 108-pitch performance.
His scoreless innings stretch ended at 14 2-3 on Closser's
fourth-inning RBI single to right that tied the game at 1.
Armando Benitez recorded the final three outs for his first save
since May 8 and third in five chances.
While his work has been limited, Benitez said he has stayed
"I'll be focused on the game," he said. "I'll be doing my
Closser, starting at catcher a day after being recalled from
Triple-A Colorado Springs, also threw out two baserunners on steal
attempts in the Rockies' season-worst fifth straight loss.
San Francisco's Travis Ishikawa earned the chance to be in the
lineup for a second straight day after going 3-for-4 with two
doubles and three RBI in his first major league start Friday
night, then tripled leading off the fifth.
Josh Fogg (3-3) lost for the first time in six career
appearances against the Giants.
"It wasn't important to me if he hit 715 or 8 million. It
didn't matter," Fogg said of Bonds. "My job is to win ballgames,
whether guys hit home runs or not. ... He's one of the best to ever
play the game."
San Francisco's Omar Vizquel had reached base in nine straight
plate appearances before a fly out to center in the fourth.
Rockies 2B Luis Gonzalez, who left after the first inning
of Friday's 9-0 loss with inflammation in both wrists, came to the
ballpark Saturday to be assessed by trainers, but was given
medication and sent back to the team hotel to rest. He didn't get
much sleep Friday night because of the pain in his wrists. The
disabled list is still a possibility. ... Colorado LF Matt Holliday
was out of the lineup a day after getting hit with a pitch from
Jason Schmidt in the right thumb in the fourth inning. His thumb
remained swollen, though Holliday was hopeful he could play Sunday.