Giants 5, Rockies 3
Both players hit longballs Saturday.
Torrealba hopes he did enough to please 6-year-old Eduardo. The catcher, playing in place of injured starter Benito Santiago, also drove in a run in the second and caught Tony Womack stealing with a strong throw to second in the seventh.
“I just laugh,” Torrealba said of his reaction to his son. “Wow.”
He definitely made his mother Laura proud. She’s visiting from Venezuela and had never seen her son hit a home run.
Bonds connected for his major league-leading 31st homer, driving a 2-1 pitch from Shawn Chacon (11-5) over the right-field wall for a tiebreaking solo shot to lead off the fourth.
Bonds is 16 homers shy of tying his godfather, Willie Mays, for third on the all-time list with 660. Only Babe Ruth (714) and Bonds’ hero, Hank Aaron (755), have hit more.
Torrealba then led off the fifth with a solo homer, his second of the season. The NL West-leading Giants have won three straight and eight of 11.
“It wasn’t even a strike, that’s the bad thing,” Chacon said. “It was a high fastball.”
The Rockies have dropped four straight and fell to 15-34 away from Coors Field, including 1-6 at Pacific Bell Park.
“It’s like the NBA—we play well against them at our place,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “Here, they’ve had their way from tipoff. You have to deal with it. They’re in first place for a reason.”
Jason Schmidt (10-4), the starter for the National League in his first All-Star game Tuesday in Chicago, pitched five solid innings to win for the fifth time in his last six starts.
But he left in the sixth with tightness in his right forearm, the area where it connects to the elbow. The Giants said taking him out of the game was a precautionary measure and that he will be re-examined Sunday.
It has been bothering him his last couple outings.
“I don’t feel that bad right now,” he said. “It’s a combination of a lot of innings, and it’s that time of year. It’s one of those things where you just have to be careful.”
Schmidt made an 0-1 pitch to Preston Wilson with none out and then trainer Stan Conte, manager Felipe Alou and pitching coach Dave Righetti raced to the mound. So did Schmidt’s teammates. Conte said they knew there was a problem when Schmidt’s velocity went down.
He allowed two runs and five hits, striking out four and walking one. Schmidt, who has logged a team-high 138 innings, is not expected to miss his next start, Conte said.
Matt Herges, acquired last Sunday in a trade with San Diego, relieved with a 4-2 lead and gave up a run when Mark Sweeney scored on Womack’s RBI single. Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 25 opportunities.
“He sets the tone and gives us all a break,” Worrell said of Schmidt. “Definitely with the way he’s been pitching the last month, it’s nice for us to come in there and pick him up.”
Womack had two hits in his Colorado debut after being acquired in a trade with Arizona on Friday.
Schmidt lost to Chacon here on June 2, allowing two runs in seven innings. Schmidt is 7-2 in 12 career starts against Colorado.
Chacon hit a two-run double in the second for a 2-0 Rockies lead and he is 3-for-4 lifetime against Schmidt.
The Rockies have been outscored 20-7 in the first three games of the series, which concludes Sunday. They lost 7-0 and were limited to five hits Friday night.
Colorado’s Todd Helton singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Chacon was activated from the 15-day disabled list to make his 18th start of the season. The right-hander was placed on the DL on July 1 with inflammation in his right elbow. He set a club record with 11 wins before the All-Star break and had won three of his last four starts before getting hurt. He last pitched June 29, losing at Pittsburgh.
Chacon had his three-game winning streak against San Francisco snapped. He gave up four runs on four hits in 4 1-3 innings, striking out six and walkingthree.
A fan got a nice souvenir when Greg Norton’s bat flew into the stands along the first-base line behind the Rockies dugout in the second inning. … To make room for Chacon, the Rockies designated RHP Joe Roa for assignment. … Wilson (29) also celebrated his birthday. … Giants RHP reliever Felix Rodriguez appeared in his 400th game. … After the game, the Giants optionedRHP Kevin Correia to Triple-A Fresno.