SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds is finally getting some of the
help he desperately needs to revive the slumping San Francisco
"He's our No. 1 starter, he's supposed to stop the bleeding,"
Bonds said. "That's why he's the No. 1 guy."
Bonds still needs more help from the rest of the lineup to force
teams to pitch to him. The slugger went 0-for-1 with three walks,
two intentional, leaving the six-time NL MVP with 667 career
homers. He's already walked 30 times this year.
"Boring," Bonds said.
Schmidt (1-2) became the first of San Francisco's top three
starters to win this year -- lefty Kirk Rueter is 0-2 and
right-hander Brett Tomko is 0-1. Schmidt allowed two runs and six
hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked four.
Schmidt won 17 games last season and led the NL in ERA, but the
Giants had not scored a run for him this year until going ahead 3-0
in the third inning.
"That was really nice," he said. "It was like last year's
team that would come out and score three runs off the bat."
Mark DeRosa hit a two-run homer to pull the Braves to 3-2 in the
fifth, then four Giants relievers kept Atlanta hitless the rest of
This was certainly a solid start to a series for the Giants, who
had lost nine of 11 and have dropped three straight series only a
year after leading the NL West from Day 1 on the way to 100
"Outstanding -- that was huge," Schmidt said. "Four innings is
a long way to go for any bullpen. Ours is stretched out right now
and they came up huge."
Bonds struck out swinging to lead off the second, was
intentionally walked in the third and again in the fifth with
runners on first and second. He then walked on four pitches in the
He hasn't homered since he had his streak of consecutive games
with a home run snapped at seven last Wednesday, one short of tying
the major league mark.
Bonds trails only Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) on the
career home run list.
Last Wednesday, Schmidt lost 11-0 to the San Diego Padres.
This time, the right-hander calmly worked out of jams by
utilizing his effective off-speed pitches. With one out in the
third, Schmidt walked DeRosa, then gave up a single to Marcus
Giles. Schmidt then struck out J.D. Drew and Andruw Jones to end
Schmidt faced more trouble in the fifth following DeRosa's
second homer of the season. Giles singled for the third time, then
Drew struck out. Jones walked before Schmidt got Adam LaRoche to
ground out to second.
"He clutched up when he was in trouble and made good pitches,"
Horacio Ramirez (0-2) then intentionally walked Bonds, drawing
loud boos from just about everyone in the ballpark.
The Giants got consecutive extra-base hits and an RBI single
with two outs in the third to take a 3-0 lead -- a run-scoring
triple by Ray Durham, an RBI double by Edgardo Alfonzo, and Pedro
Feliz's single that scored Alfonzo.
Ramirez, a 12-game winner last year as a rookie, allowed six
hits and three runs in 6 1-3 innings.
"I haven't been able to stay away from that one inning that has
cost me the game," Ramirez said. "There's nothing you can do
about it. I like these low-scoring games. We're facing a lot of
good pitchers. I'm sure I'll win a few games I shouldn't."
The crowd booed lustily again after the seventh ended with a
disputed call at the plate. Alfonzo hit a slow roller that was
picked up by pitcher Kevin Gryboski, who threw out Alfonzo at
first. First baseman LaRoche then fired home and plate umpire Mike
Reilly ruled catcher Eddie Perez's tag on Deivi Cruz was in time.
Giants 1B J.T. Snow was a late scratch because of flulike
symptoms. Feliz started in his place. ... The Giants swept the
Braves in three games here last season. ... The Giants are 8-12,
and April is shaping to be their first losing month since May 2001,
a string of 17 straight months -- the longest such stretch in the
majors, ahead of Atlanta's 11. ... Cruz had a pinch-hit double only
hours after the Giants purchased his contract from Triple-A Fresno.
... It was San Francisco's first win this season when scoring four
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