Giants 10, Dodgers 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Barry Bonds walked into the concourse at Pacific Bell Park on his way out for the night to roaring cheers of “Two more! Two more!”
The San Francisco slugger hit his 658th home run and the Giants clobbered the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-1 Friday night. After sitting in a clubhouse office talking with Willie Mays before the game, Bonds moved within two homers of tying his godfather for third on the career list.
Bonds has said he doesn’t want to talk about the mark until he reaches it.
“Three more games, then playoffs,” he said.
He sent a 1-0 pitch from Kazuhisa Ishii an estimated 392 feet into the seats in right-center for his 45th homer of the season, matching Philadelphia’s Jim Thome and Milwaukee’s Richie Sexson for the NL lead.
Bonds also singled twice and received a standing ovation when he was replaced by pinch-runner Todd Linden in the sixth. Bonds waved to the crowd before disappearing into the dugout.
“The regulars were really rested and we saw some pretty good swings,” manager Felipe Alou said. “Most guys had two days off.”
The NL West champions will play Florida, the wild-card winner, in the first round of the playoffs. The best-of-five series begins Tuesday in San Francisco with Jason Schmidt on the mound for the Giants.
Kirk Rueter (10-5) got all the offense he needed early to win his third straight decision. The left-hander retired the first 10 Los Angeles hitters, giving up a one-out single to Jolbert Cabrera in the fourth.
Rueter became the first Giants left-hander to win at least 10 games in seven consecutive seasons since Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell did it 15 straight years from 1928-42. Rueter allowed one run on three hits, striking out one and walking none.
The Giants lead the season series 11-5, including 6-1 at Pacific Bell Park. The teams play a day-night doubleheader Saturday and finish the season Sunday. Bonds is scheduled to play the first game Saturday and again Sunday.
Ishii got into trouble right away. Durham hit a leadoff double and Marquis Grissom walked. Both advanced on a balk and Aurilia connected for his 13th homer of the season for a 3-0 lead. Durham tripled in the third to make 6-0. Grissom added a two-run single in the fifth.
Ishii (9-7) was tagged for seven runs on eight hits and is 0-4 in his last eight starts. He hasn’t won since July 18 against St. Louis.
Ishii became the 388th pitcher to give up a homer to Bonds.
“I think anyone would have hit a homer if I threw it down the middle of the plate like that,” he said.
In the third, the Giants’ Edgardo Alfonzo hit a high fly to right-center and center fielder Dave Roberts and right fielder Shawn Green both charged to the ball. Roberts thought Green was going to catch it and bent over with his hands on his knees to try to stay out of the way. The ball dropped to the ground just behind him for a single.
“It wasn’t a good night for us, we made some mistakes and it didn’t turn out well,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “We created some opportunities for them with mistakes and walks. Ishii has been having some command problems and tonight was no different.”
The Giants’ win gave them a San Francisco-record 14 1/2 -game lead over second-place Los Angeles, the franchise’s largest advantage since the New York Giants held the same lead over the Cubs and Pirates 86 years ago, on July, 9, 1912. Those Giants led both clubs by 15 games on July 9 and 15 1/2 games on July6.
Grissom was named the “Willie Mac” award winner for the Giants’ most inspirational player as picked by his teammates. It is named after Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. “I never considered myself a leader,” the 36-year-old Grissom said. “That’s just my style of play.” … A grease fire caused a popcorn machine to blow up between the third and fourth innings, but nobody was hurt. Smoke could be seen over fans along the first-base line. … On Bonds’homer, fan Craig Dooley won $32,000 in a Giants’ awards club promotion.