Giants 5, Brewers 4, 11 innings

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Barry Bonds’ finger-pointing argument was unusual—and nearly as surprising as his replacement’s game-winning hit.

Todd Linden had a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Sunday.

Though he was on the field for less than five minutes, Bonds made two small bits of history. He drew his 2,062nd walk when he pinch hit in the eighth, tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.

After Bonds was replaced by a pinch runner and Rich Aurilia was called out on strikes, Bonds was ejected for arguing from the dugout with plate umpire Jim Reynolds. Bonds, who had been watching the game on television earlier, sprung out of the dugout for an animated rhubarb.

“I just said, `It’s not that difficult,’ and he threw me out,” Bonds said. “I didn’t say he was a bad umpire, but after I was thrown out, he yelled, `You’re not that great.’ I didn’t insult anybody.”

It was a surprising burst of passion from Bonds, who rarely dignifies umpires’ calls with even a glance—but Reynolds apparently did something to irk the single-season home run king.

“I asked the umpire if he said any bad words, maybe I didn’t hear it, and he said, ‘No,”’ Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “I never saw 25 (Bonds’ uniform number) like that before.”

Reynolds wouldn’t talk about Bonds’ version of events.

“I have no comment on what’s going into our report,” Reynolds said. “He said something from the dugout, and that’s why he got the ejection. We’re in September. It’s been a long year for everybody.”

Jose Cruz Jr. homered and drove in two runs for the Giants, who reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West to five after taking two of three from Milwaukee. San Francisco improved to 27-11 in one-run games—tops in the majors.

In the 11th, Leo Estrella (6-3) allowed singles by Marquis Grissom and Pedro Feliz, then walked Ray Durham with two outs. Linden, a reserve left fielder who made his major league debut four weeks ago, got the biggest hit of his young career by singling up the middle to end the Giants’ 39th win in 51 home games.

“It’s exciting,” Linden said. “It was exactly what I wanted to do. It just worked out. When the inning started, I felt I’d be up. I said to myself, ‘I’ll be up with the bases loaded and two outs.’

“As a bench player, we all feel like part of the team, but when you contribute, you feel less like an outsider. But what can I say? I deserve to start in left field?”

The Brewers missed several chances to steal their second straight win in San Francisco. They also loaded the bases earlier in the 11th, but Felix Rodriguez (8-2) escaped by striking out Keith Ginter and Brady Clark with 95 mph fastballs.

“A lot of us didn’t get it done, and I’m one of them,” said Clark, who homered in the first inning. “There’s a lot of blame to go around, but it’s still great to be in a position to beat a team this good in their home park.”

Both teams scored in the ninth. Scott Podsednik singled home Keith Osik for the Brewers, but Feliz hit a two-out triple off the right-field wall against closer Dan Kolb, scoring pinch-runner Cody Ransom.

Kolb had converted 18 straight save opportunities, setting the franchise’s NL record for consecutive saves. It was just his second blown save of the season.

“Nobody’s perfect,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “They didn’t lace them all over the ballpark against Dan. Those things are going to happen eventually.”

Podsednik drove in three runs and stole his 40th base for the Brewers, who have lost eight of nine to San Francisco.

Milwaukee starter Wayne Franklin allowed five hits and three walks over seven strong innings, allowing just one runner to reach second base after the second.

While Franklin pitched well, Kevin Correia didn’t last through the third. The Giants’ rookie right-hander was extremely wild, walking three batters, hitting two more and missing the strike zone in every direction.

He left with the bases loaded, but Dustin Hermanson escaped the jam and went on to pitch 3 2-3 innings of relief.

The Brewers went up 3-2 on Podsednik’s second sacrifice fly in the fourth,but Cruz hit his 19th homer down the left-field line in the seventh.


Tim Worrell allowed Podsednik’s go-ahead RBI in the ninth, but struck out the side in the 10th. … Bonds didn’t swing while drawing the walk. He trails only Rickey Henderson, who has 2,190 career walks. … After Correia hit Clark and Richie Sexson in consecutive at-bats in the third, Reynolds warned both benches—but Hermanson wasn’t ejected when he hit Ginter in the seventh. … Doug Jones set the Milwaukee franchise record with 25 straight saves in1997, when the club was in the AL.

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