SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Things had never turned this ugly in San
Francisco's 7-year-old waterfront ballpark. Fan behavior this bad
brought everybody back to the rowdiest of days at Candlestick Park.
Yorvit Torrealba hit a three-run homer against his former team
and also scored a run on a balk, leading the Colorado Rockies past
the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Friday night in a wild game that
featured Barry Bonds' 723rd career home run and later the ejection
of the slugger.
Bonds hit a solo shot to center in the seventh for his first
home run since July 20 against San Diego, a span of 26 at-bats. He
was batting in the ninth when he began arguing with plate umpire
Ron Kulpa about a called second strike. Kulpa immediately ejected
Bonds, who got in the umpire's face and began yelling.
"There were two unprofessional people out there at that
moment," Bonds said. "He was very unprofessional and so was I.
What happens on the field stays on the field and that's all I have
to say about it."
Bonds returned to the dugout, sat down and crossed his arms as
fans responded by throwing garbage, including beer bottles, onto
the field from all directions. The Rockies left the field and
retreated into their dugout to avoid being hit while fans chanted
"I don't care about that," Bonds said of the fans' actions.
"We're trying to win games, that's all. It happened, it happened.
It's over with. Let's go get ready for tomorrow."
Security came onto the field and so did a large cleanup crew,
causing an 11-minute delay. Fans also threw things at the umpires
as they were escorted off the field after the game.
"Barry didn't like strike two. He thought it was down and I
told him it was not down," Kulpa said. "It was a good pitch and
I'd been calling that pitch all night. We talked about the pitch,
Barry and I. It was getting heated. I warned him, and then he
crossed the line and said something he shouldn't have said. After I
warned him twice, and that point he was ejected.
"I gave Barry a lot of rope in that situation. It was a big
part of the ballgame. I gave him every opportunity to stay in the
ballgame, and he crossed the line. When you cross the line, I have
a job to do."
Bonds, who sat out of games on Tuesday and Wednesday with
swelling in his troublesome right knee before Thursday's off day,
sent a 2-1 pitch from Jeff Francis (9-9) over the wall in center in
the seventh for his 15th home run of the year to move within 32 of
tying home run king Hank Aaron's record of 755.
The 42-year-old Bonds hit his first homer off Francis, who
became the 429th different pitcher to surrender a home run to the
seven-time NL MVP. Bonds also hit his 715th homer May 28 against
Colorado to pass Babe Ruth and move into second place on the career
list behind Aaron.
Giants manager Felipe Alou, who acknowledged after the game
Bonds has a bigger strike zone this season, hadn't ever seen San
Francisco's fans act this way -- and he played for the Giants nearly
five decades ago. He also has noticed that Bonds is different this
season. The superstar is batting .241 and has 46 RBI.
"Barry is swinging at some pitches he never swings at," Alou
said. "I'm also seeing Barry argue balls and strikes -- something
he very seldom did before."
Yet Bonds said his argument with Kulpa was not about
"No, not at all," he said. "It had nothing to do with that."
Bonds' homer also gave him 1,377 extra-base hits to tie him with
Stan Musial for second all-time behind Aaron's 1,477.
Torrealba, traded by the Giants last season, hit a 2-1 pitch
into the bleachers in left in Colorado's four-run sixth for his
fifth homer of the season. He also scored in the fifth on a balk
after leading off the inning with a double.
Torrealba, who was catching at the time Bonds got tossed, was
surprised by the slugger's reaction.
"For me, I thought it was a good pitch," he said. "I went
down to get it. One thing for sure, you don't see Barry get thrown
out of a game."
Pedro Feliz also homered for the first time since July 20 for
the Giants, who began a key stretch of 19 straight games against
the NL West. San Francisco snapped a nine-game losing streak
Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.
Feliz, who had gone 33 at-bats without an RBI, hit his 17th
homer leading off the third with a shot to left-center -- his first
home run in 44 at-bats.
After Eliezer Alfonzo followed with a single, Francis retired
the next 13 batters he faced before Bonds connected. Francis
pitched eight strong innings to win for the third time in four
starts, allowing six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Brian Fuentes recorded the final three outs for his 21st save in
25 chances as Colorado began a seven-game road trip by winning for
the fourth time in five games. The Rockies, coming off a 6-4
homestand, are in a stretch with 11 of 14 against the division.
Matt Morris (8-9) had his four-game winning streak against the
Rockies end. It was his first loss to Colorado in six starts since
a loss April 5, 2001. Morris is winless in his last four starts
following a five-game winning streak. He allowed five runs and five
hits in six innings, struck out four and walked two.
The right-hander faced only five batters April 23 in his only
other start against the Rockies this year, getting ejected at Coors
Field after throwing only eight pitches and plunking two of the
five batters he faced. He was later fined by the league.
Bonds homered off a Canadian for the fifth time. ... Feliz
came into the game batting .190 (4-for-21) lifetime against Francis
with no home runs and three strikeouts. ... Colorado's Todd Helton
had his eight-game hitting streak snapped. ... Giants C Mike
Matheny, out for the season with a concussion, returned home to
Chesterfield, Mo. ... Jamey Wright, usually San Francisco's fifth
starter, pitched the ninth in relief.
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