Giants 10, Rockies 5
On a day Bonds sat out of the lineup, Feliz found his stroke.
Pinch-hitter Damon Minor singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning. The Giants won three of four and sent Colorado to its fifth series loss at Coors Field this season.
Feliz hit a solo homer in the eighth and a two-run homer in the ninth for his 10th and 11th homers of the year. He had his third career multihomer game and second this season.
“I made an adjustment,” said Feliz, who went 0-for-5 and stranded eight runners hitting behind Bonds in Saturday’s 11-2 loss. “I was trying to do too much. I was more patient the last few at-bats. I feel very good.”
It was Denver’s hottest June 7 ever—breaking a 130-year-old record. The temperature at first pitch was 93 degrees and it quickly climbed to 98.
That was one of the reasons Bonds didn’t start for the Giants, though he did draw an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. He played the first three games of the series in left field, including Sunday’s day game that followed a night game, something he rarely did last year.
The six-time NL MVP has 674 career homers and 16 this season heading into interleague play. The Giants conclude their season-long 14-game road trip with three games each at Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
“The toughest part is over. I’m not talking team wise, I’m talking four-game series,” Alou said, referring also to a four-game set at Arizona that kicked off the trip. “It’s very tough to play four games in the same place. Nobody likes four-game sets.”
Alou was happy to hear Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella plans to pitch to Bonds—unless it’s “a game-winning situation in the late innings,” Piniella said.
Bonds will be the designated hitter in the upcoming games, but there’s a chance he will return to the Bay area later this week for a day to attend the funeral of the mother of one of his closest childhood friends. He said after the game he didn’t know what his schedule will be, but he was headed out on the team charter to Florida.
Jim Brower (3-3) pitched the sixth as four relievers combined for four hitless innings. San Francisco beat the Rockies for the sixth time in seven games this year.
“It was a tough series in Arizona,” Brower said of the Giants’ three losses. “The hitters came up huge today. We struggled as a bullpen until today.”
Colorado’s Jeromy Burnitz hit a tying, two-run homer in the third to make it 5-all, his 16th this season.
“This is a crazy ballpark,” Tomko said. “I’ve seen a whole bunch of guys give up eight runs and the team still wins.”
Aaron Miles doubled twice and singled for the Rockies, who open interleague play Tuesday with their first appearance at Yankee Stadium.
Estes plunked Michael Tucker with the first pitch of the game. A day earlier, Reed was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a hit batter call.
On Sunday, A.J. Pierzynski leaned his right elbow into a pitch with the bases loaded. Reed argued that Pierzynski didn’t try to get out of the way. Manager Clint Hurdle had to restrain Reed, who said plate umpire Bruce Dreckman swore at him repeatedly and then immediately tossed the pitcher.
On Monday, both Hurdle and Alou came out to speak to the same umpire crew after Estes hit Tucker. Both benches were warned, then Tomko knocked down Todd Helton in the third and Brower later plunked Kit Pellow.
“It doesn’t do any good to talk to the umpires,” Hurdle said. “Theyaren’t going to change anything. Nothing happened.”
Giants CF Marquis Grissom missed his third straight game with a stomach problem that has been bothering him since the team’s trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to play the Expos two weeks ago. Grissom saw a doctor before the game. Trainer Stan Conte said Grissom has intestinal irritation but is expected to play Tuesday. “I’m all right,” Grissom said. … The Rockies placed LHP Brian Fuentes on the 15-day DL with a strained back muscle and purchased the contract of RHP Marc Kroon from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Kroon made his Rockies debut in the eighth, his first major league appearance since June 15, 1998, while playing for Cincinnati. … The Giants had 15 hits, a day after matching theirseason-high with 16.
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