Sunday, July 13, 2003

NL: Bonds' 30th HR ties Foxx record



The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Barry Bonds and rookie Jerome Williams helped make Curt Schilling's comeback a miserable one.

Bonds tied a major-league record with his 12th consecutive 30-homer season and Williams allowed two hits through six innings Saturday in the San Francisco Giants' 8-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ray Durham greeted Schilling with a home run on the second pitch of the game - the first outing for Arizona's right-handed ace since he broke his right hand May 30.

Bonds hit a mammoth 448-foot smash over the swimming pool in right-center with one out in the fourth, his major league-leading 30th home run of the season - matching the mark set by Jimmie Foxx from 1929-40.

The Giants star has homered in five consecutive games and eight of his last nine, including a 432-foot drive off Arizona's Miguel Batista in Friday night's 10-7 victory. He has 643 homers, 17 shy of Willie Mays for No. 3 on the career list.

Bonds also had a two-run double as San Francisco improved to 6-1 against Arizona this season and increased its NL West lead over the Diamondbacks to six games.

If they win today, the Giants will head into the All-Star break with a three-game sweep of their nearest challenger.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 3

DENVER - Todd Helton hit his third homer in his last two games and drove in two runs, and Preston Wilson homered and stole a potential tying home run from David Ross as Colorado won its fourth straight game.

Jolbert Cabrera had two homers for Los Angeles, which lost for the 12th time in its last 16 games.

Pirates 5, Astros 2

HOUSTON - Kip Wells won for the first time since May 31, and Brian Giles and Aramis Ramirez each had two RBI as Pittsburgh won in Houston for the first time since July 16, snapping a nine-game losing streak there.

Wells (3-4) pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He has 10 no-decisions in 17 starts this season, and he had been 0-2 in six starts since his previous win.

Expos 7, Marlins 1

MONTREAL - Livan Hernandez pitched his second straight complete game and Jose Vidro hit a three-run homer to lead Montreal.

Hernandez (9-6) scattered three hits, including Juan Pierre's RBI single with two outs in the eighth, for his 26th career complete game and third this year.

Cubs 7, Braves 3

CHICAGO - Sammy Sosa wasn't chosen as an All-Star, so he's performing like one just before the break.

"I'm always playing like an All-Star," Sosa said after his homer started the Cubs on a six-run fourth inning that stopped the Braves' winning streak at eight games.

With one game left before the All-Star break, Sosa is on his biggest tear of the season. Since returning June 18 from a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat, Sosa has a .344 average, 12 homers and 23 RBI.

Phillies 4, Mets 2, 11 innings

NEW YORK - Placido Polanco's sacrifice fly in the 11th inning sent Philadelphia to its fifth straight victory. Tyler Houston homered in his first game back from the disabled list and Jim Thome hit an RBI double for the Phillies.

Rookie Jeff Duncan homered for the Mets, who have dropped six in a row - all at home.

Cardinals 9, Padres 7, 11 innings

ST. LOUIS - Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to give St. Louis a win over San Diego.

J.D. Drew reached on an infield hit to start the 11th, and Pujols hit a 1-0 pitch from Matt Herges (2-2) into the left-field bullpen for his 27th homer of the season. It was his first career game-winning blast.

Jason Simontacchi (7-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.




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