Barry Bonds Moves Into Fifth Place On Career Home Run List
May 25, 2002
DENVER (AP) - If Barry Bonds was excited about passing Mark McGwire on thecareer home run list, the San Francisco slugger sure didn't show it.
'I have no thoughts,' Bonds said. 'We lost. There is no satisfaction inlosing.'
Bonds hit his 584th homer to move into sole possession of fifth place, butTerry Shumpert's three-run shot lifted the Colorado Rockies over the Giants 6-3Saturday.
Bonds connected off Colorado starter Denny Neagle in the fourth inning,driving the first pitch into the left-center seats for his 17th homer of theseason. Bonds trails Frank Robinson by two homers for fourth place all-time.
'That was a bright spot,' San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said. 'Abright spot on a dark afternoon.'
The Rockies have won five straight to move above .500 (25-24) for the firsttime since April 4.
Neagle departed after four innings after being hit on the left knee byBenito Santiago's line drive. The left-hander scrambled to the ball and threwout Santiago to end the inning, then was helped to the dugout by two teammates.
Neagle has a bruised left kneecap. X-rays did not reveal a fracture or anyserious damage.
'I am sore, but I have no doubt I will make my next start,' Neagle said.'I had the presence of mind to throw out Santiago, wanted to continue playing,but thought better of it.'
Chris Nichting (1-1) came on and allowed one run and two hits in two inningsfor the win. Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his 13th save in as manychances.
Larry Walker added a two-run single for the Rockies.
Kirk Rueter (6-2) gave up six runs and nine hits in six innings to lose forthe first time since April 11. Rueter had won six straight decisions.
Colorado led 3-0 after three innings. Opposite-field doubles by Juan Pierreand Juan Uribe produced a run in the first inning, and Walker drove in two witha one-out single in the third.
Bonds' homer cut it to 3-1. He finished 1-for-4, and Ramon Martinez had twoRBI doubles for the Giants.
San Francisco managed only two hits off Neagle, but added a run on two hitsin the fifth inning against Nichting. Reggie Sanders reached on an infieldsingle and, after Damon Minor walked, Martinez doubled to right to scoreSanders.
The Rockies increased their lead to 6-2 with Shumpert's two-out, three-runhomer to left in the fifth inning. Rueter retired the first two batters, butTodd Helton singled and Todd Zeile doubled ahead of Shumpert's home run.
'This was so satisfying because I was 0-for-9 against Rueter,' Shumpertsaid. 'I wanted to play because I wanted to prove the numbers wrong.'
Martinez's second RBI double cut the lead to 6-3 in the seventh againstDennys Reyes.
'This was some day, when you consider what our bullpen did and Shumpert,'Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. 'Here is a guy who proved you can't alwayscount on what the computer spits out.'
Notes:Three days after surgery on his right elbow, Giants SS Rich Auriliathrew on the side with trainer Stan Conte. ... With a left-hander pitching,slumping 1B J.T. Snow (3-for-36) was out of the starting lineup for SanFrancisco. ... Santiago has an 11-game hitting streak. ... Colorado RHP ShawnChacon will throw on the side Monday and have a 75-pitch rehab assignment startWednesday for Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... The Coors Field crowd cheeredafter each Colorado Avalanche goal in an NHL playoff game against the DetroitRed Wings was posted on the scoreboard.