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|Monday, 11 June 2007 19:29|
Bonds' tying, two-run shot in the fourth inning was only his second home run since May 8 and his first this month. San Francisco's Matt Morris (7-3) recovered from a shaky start and pitched a seven-hitter for his 23rd career complete game and third this season.
The 42-year-old Bonds sent an 0-1 pitch an estimated 438 feet into the right-center seats for his 13th homer of the year and first against Josh Towers (2-4), who became the 440th pitcher to allow a homer to Bonds. Omar Vizquel drove in the go-ahead run four batters later.
Bonds had not homered in 33 at-bats since connecting on May 27 against Colorado's Taylor Buchholz. Bonds missed two games at Arizona last week with shin splints.
He had hit only one home run in 77 at-bats and 108 plate appearances since a shot off the Mets' Tom Glavine on May 8. It was just Bonds' sixth RBI since May 9.
Dodgers 5, Mets 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Loney doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning in his second big league game of the season, and Los Angeles rallied past New York to hand the slumping NL East leaders their seventh loss in eight games.
Randy Wolf (8-4) allowed nine hits and three runs in six shaky innings. Wolf, who walked none and struck out three, moved into a tie with Philadelphia's Cole Hamels for the most wins in the NL.
Takashi Saito worked the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances as the Dodgers won for just the second time in seven games. Wolf and three relievers teamed up to retire the final 12 New York batters.
The game was the first between the teams since the Mets swept the Dodgers in their best-of-five NL division series last October.
Luis Gonzalez hit his second double of the game off Orlando Hernandez (3-2) to start the sixth. Loney, recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, lined a shot off the left-center fence one out later, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
Phillies 3, White Sox 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Adam Eaton pitched four-hit ball for seven innings, and Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins homered to lead Philadelphia over Chicago.
Eaton (7-4) pitched out of a pair of jams, made a nifty defensive play to help his cause and won for the fourth time in five starts.
Eaton walked three and struck out five. Mike Zagurski tossed a perfect eighth and Antonio Alfonseca worked a one-hit ninth for his fifth save.
Chicago starter Javier Vazquez (3-5) allowed only four hits with one intentional walk in six innings. But the punchless White Sox were shut out for the fifth time this season, tied for most in the AL.
It was Philadelphia's second shutout of the year.
Cubs 2, Astros 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Zambrano mixed his pitches instead of his punches and hit his second homer of the season to lead Chicago past Houston.
In his first appearance at Wrigley Field since his June 1 fight with catcher Michael Barrett, Zambrano (7-5) allowed three hits and an unearned run in eight strong innings. He struck out eight and threw 128 pitches while outdueling hard-luck loser Woody Williams (2-9).
Barrett got the night off. Koyie Hill caught Zambrano for the second consecutive start since the altercation.
Ryan Dempster rebounded from a blown save Sunday night, pitching the ninth for his 13th save in 15 opportunities. He got slugger Carlos Lee to ground into a game-ending double play.
Zambrano hit an opposite-field homer - the 12th of his career - to put Chicago up 2-0 in the third. The Cubs' first run came on Ryan Theriot's RBI single.
Mariners 8, Indians 7
CLEVELAND (AP) - Raul Ibanez hit a pair of two-run homers and doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to lead Seattle over Cleveland for its fourth straight victory and eighth in nine games.
Ibanez also tripled and finished a single shy of the cycle. Jose Lopez hit a two-run homer off Indians starter Paul Byrd. Brandon Morrow (3-0) pitched the last two innings for the win, despite allowing Cleveland to tie the score in the eighth.
Trailing 7-0, the Indians scored three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the eighth. Joe Borowski (0-3) took the loss. The game was a makeup of an April 7 snowout at Jacobs Field.