|Monday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 13 August 2007 19:16|
Bonds sat out the second game as the Giants won 10-3 behind Ryan Klesko's grand slam, their first victory against Pittsburgh in five games over four days.
Noah Lowry (13-7) gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings as the Giants avoided a rare occurrence: being swept in multiple-game series on consecutive days, and in two cities. The Pirates finished off a three-game sweep in San Francisco by winning 5-0 Sunday.
Bonds, usually booed in Pittsburgh because of his playoff failures with the Pirates, received a brief standing ovation as he took the field in the bottom of the first. It was easily the warmest ovation that baseball's new home run king has received in the city where he played from 1986-92.
Klesko's 10th career grand slam came in the sixth against Shane Youman (2-4), who is 0-4 since the All-Star break. The Pirates looked to be out of the inning when Daniel Ortmeier grounded to the mound with the bases loaded, but Josh Phelps - catching for the first time since 2001 - settled for the out at the plate and didn't make the throw to first. Klesko then homered on a 3-2 pitch.
Maholm (8-14), who would have become the majors' leader in losses if he had lost, checked the Giants on three hits in the opener. He went the distance for his second career complete game, and second this season. Maholm struck out four and walked none, needing only 91 pitches - 61 of them strikes. The game lasted only 1 hour, 51 minutes.
The Pirates took a 3-0 lead following Jose Castillo's two-run double in the first and Nate McLouth's RBI double on the second, which scored Maholm after the pitcher helped himself with a leadoff double off Matt Cain (4-13).
Astros 4, Dodgers 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason Lane hit a two-run homer, Roy Oswalt won his fifth consecutive decision and Houston sent slumping Los Angeles to its ninth loss in 11 games.
Oswalt (13-6) gave up a run and six hits in eight innings with two walks and three strikeouts. The right-hander hasn't allowed more than one run in any start during his winning streak.
Chad Qualls pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in six chances.
Chad Billingsley (7-4) allowed four runs and six hits, struck out seven and walked four in losing his fourth consecutive outing.
The Dodgers opened the four-game series against Houston with their third loss in a row. They have dropped seven consecutive series while falling out of first place in the NL West over the last two weeks.