Giants 9, Rockies 5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Felipe Alou leaned back in his chair and let out a slow sigh after his San Francisco Giants made things a little too close for comfort against a team that’s out of contention.
“I’m glad we won this game,” the manager said. “To blow a game like that this time of year can be devastating.”
Barry Bonds went 1-for-2 with a double and remained at 696 career homers, but the Giants got enough offense from other sources to move into a virtual tie with the Chicago Cubs for the wild-card lead, a half-game ahead of San Diego.
The Giants survived a scare in the ninth.
Dustin Hermanson relieved Jim Brower with two runners aboard and no outs, then got two strikeouts and a fly out for his eighth save in 10 chances. Hermanson blew a save and got the loss in a 7-6 defeat at Atlanta on Monday night.
“It was really important to get back out there after yesterday and do a good job,” Hermanson said. “I came in with the same approach and made some better pitches.”
Brett Tomko (8-6) won his third straight decision, which included his first career shutout last Thursday—a four-hitter in a 5-0 win over Florida.
But Tomko sprained his right ankle when he stepped in a hole turning toward the dugout after striking out Royce Clayton to end the fifth, then Scott Eyre came in to start the sixth. X-rays on Tomko’s ankle were negative.
He has hurt the same ankle before, and didn’t expect to miss his next start. He left the ballpark with a walking boot.
Tomko tried to walk off the injury in the dugout but it was too painful and quickly swelled.
“It will be a long night of therapy at home,” he said.
Torrealba hit a solo homer—his career-high fifth—deep into the left-field bleachers in the second off Jeff Francis (0-2). Grissom chased Francis with a three-run shot to left on a full-count in the fifth.
Bonds was intentionally walked in the first, struck out looking to end the third, then walked again in the fifth. He doubled to the wall in right-center in the seventh. Bonds is third on the career homers list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755), and wants to reach 700 during this six-game homestand.
After walking Todd Helton in the first, Tomko retired the next six. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two.
Eyre gave up a solo homer to Castilla, his 26th of the season, then allowed a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Gonzalez in the seventh.
Francis, making his second career start after losing his major league debut last Wednesday at Atlanta, allowed eight runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked four.
“It’s obvious I have a lot of adjustments to make and things to work on,” he said. “I didn’t expect to come out here and dominate, but I definitely feel like I can win some ballgames.”
Alou had to be restrained by Bonds in the top of the third when he began yelling at third-base umpire Jim Reynolds after a fan touched the ball on Clayton’s RBI double that rolled behind the bullpen mound. The umpires apparently didn’t see the fan touch the ball, and after a lengthy chat to review the play, the run stood.
Pedro Feliz added a sacrifice fly for San Francisco in the bottom half for a 2-1 lead.
The Rockies tied it at 2 in the fourth on Jeromy Burnitz’s RBI single.
Burnitz and left-hander Shawn Estes were part of trade talks between the Rockies and Giants, but it didn’t materialize before the deadline for teams to add players eligible for playoff rosters Tuesday. The Giants reportedly claimed both players off waivers but failed to complete deals with them in time.
The Giants plan to recall INF Brian Dallimore and OFs Jason Ellison and Tony Torcato on Wednesday. They also want to bring up pitchers Kevin Correia and David Aardsma from Triple-A Fresno, but can’t until the two have been down for 10 days. … Alou hasn’t been ejected this season. … Tomko was 0-1 in his three previous starts against the Rockies this year. … Colorado took two of three at SBC Park from July 5-7. … The Rockies plan to activate backup C Todd Greene from the disabled list Wednesday. He’s been sidelined since Aug. 10 with a strained left hamstring.