SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds bobbed his head and sang along
to an old hip-hop tune by Bobby Brown while sitting back in his
chair, seemingly without a worry in the world.
A day before he could be indicted, Bonds delivered the big hit
that started San Francisco's winning rally Wednesday.
Derrick Turnbow has continued to implode for the Brewers as he blew his eighth save of the season against the Giants.
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Ray Durham capped the comeback, hitting a two-run single off
closer Derrick Turnbow's glove in the ninth inning as the Giants
turned a couple of lucky bounces into a 7-6 win over the Milwaukee
Back in his corner of the clubhouse afterward, Bonds enjoyed
Brown's song "My Prerogative." Bonds could be indicted by a grand
jury on perjury and tax evasion charges as soon as Thursday.
Bonds led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single, right after
Turnbow thought he'd struck out the Giants star. The seven-time NL
MVP, who turns 42 on Monday, did not start following Tuesday's
"I just saw it and hit it, that's it," Bonds said. "Just like
Ray did. ... It's hard to pinch-hit in that situation. He got ahead
of me early and I worked the count full."
When asked whether he was anxious about a potential indictment,
Bonds said he would only answer baseball-related questions.
Eventually, he lifted his hands to shoo away a group of reporters.
"See you later. Have fun," he said.
Jose Vizcaino pinch-ran for Bonds, and with one out, Steve
Finley hit a chopper up the middle that skipped past shortstop Bill
Hall and deflected off second baseman Rickie Weeks' mitt. The ball
bounded into center field for a double, and Moises Alou was
intentionally walked to load the bases.
Durham, who homered earlier, hit a one-hopper that could've
become a game-ending double play. Instead, Turnbow reached for the
ball and it glanced off his glove and caromed into right-center for
San Francisco earned its second straight one-run victory
following a team meeting Tuesday, giving the Giants momentum going
into a four-game series at home against NL West-leading San Diego
starting Thursday night.
"The win is a huge lift," said Durham, who homered for the
fifth time in eight games to give him 15 on the year. "If we lost
with the first-place Padres coming in, it would have been a
struggle. I was sitting on a fastball and he got two strikes on me,
then I got my fastball. The ball hit the pitcher's glove and I
think it would have been a bang-bang play, but there was no way I
was getting doubled off, no chance."
Turnbow (4-6) blew his fourth save in his last seven appearances
and was so upset he declined to talk to reporters.
"He threw the ball well today," manager Ned Yost said. "The
2-2 pitch to Barry might have been a strike but it wasn't, because
it's Barry. Finley's ball was a tough play. It had a strange hop."
and Hall added a solo shot for the Brewers.
Tony Gwynn Jr. had a pinch-hit double in the Milwaukee ninth for
his first major league hit. His father's first major league hit --
also a double -- came exactly 24 years earlier to the day, on July
19, 1982, for the Padres.
The younger Gwynn received a standing ovation when his
accomplishment was announced between innings.
"He hit a double, too," said the rookie outfielder, who was
told before the game that it was the anniversary of his dad's first
Brian Wilson (1-0) pitched one inning for his first major league
"I don't really think about wins," he said. "The whole game
was a ton of emotion. We all felt we were going to win, even down
Lee connected in the first, sending the first pitch from Matt
Morris over the wall in left-center for his 27th homer of the year.
Hall led off the second with his 19th homer and second of this
series, in which he drove in five runs.
Gross homered in the third and fans began booing Morris as the
Brewers' hits total increased.
Durham hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Doug Davis that
pulled the Giants to 6-4. San Francisco rookie Eliezer Alfonzo hit
a solo homer in the eighth, and also doubled and singled. Finley
had two doubles and a single, a sacrifice fly and scored twice.
Morris came close to having his five-game winning streak
snapped. He hasn't lost since June 9 against Pittsburgh.Game notes
Lee homered for the first time in the second half, with his
last coming July 9 in a loss to the Chicago Cubs. ... San
Francisco's Omar Vizquel stole his 17th base. ... Alfonzo stole the
first base of his career.
- Home Plate Umpire - Ed Hickox
- First Base Umpire - Rob Drake
- Second Base Umpire - Gary Darling
- Third Base Umpire - Larry Poncino