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Bonds hits No. 739 to back Zito

Apr 22, 2007 - 1:28 AM SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- This is the script the San Francisco Giants had in mind in the offseason.

Barry Bonds provided the only scoring with his 739th career home run and Barry Zito pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings to lift the Giants to a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Moving within 16 homers of tying Hank Aaron's all-time mark of 755, Bonds hit a towering solo blast to center field in the second inning. It was his fifth homer of the season and was estimated to travel 457 feet.

"You don't always know in this ballpark," Zito said. "At that point, Barry had just driven one deep to center and it was great, it was the difference in the game." "He stood there at the plate so you knew it had a pretty good chance to go out," Giants catcher Bengie Molina said. "You won't see me doing that."

Bonds finished 2-for-3, leading off the seventh inning with a single before departing for a pinch runner.

Zito (2-2), who signed a seven-year, $126 million deal as a free agent, turned in his second superb outing after opening the season with a couple of rocky efforts.

The lefthander allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out five in his 126-pitch performance as the Giants extended their winning streak to three games.

"It was good to come out here, keep the winning streak going, get back to .500 is after starting out like we did 1-6, it's huge that we came back and had a good road trip and have come back here and so far, just been good against a couple of good teams," Zito said. "It's good to stay relaxed and focused. I'm trying to help the team.

"For me to go out there and say this is baseball like it's always been for me, things around me have changed and obviously expectations and pressures and money and all this other stuff, but when you start to look at that you get away from the essence of what it is that I do and that is pitch."

Zito retired nine in a row and 15 of 16 at one point to follow up on his six scoreless innings at Colorado last time out.

"What a great effort. He came off a great start in Colorado, pitched well today, and saved us because we only got one run in," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He really had good command today of all his pitches, he mixed it up well. Same thing with his last start, he can pitch, he showed it today when we needed it, because their guy was pitching well too.

"We had a couple good opportunities and couldn't cash in. We needed pitching to come through today and it did."

Brad Hennessey relieved Zito with one out in the eighth and escaped a bases-loaded jam, while closer Armando Benitez worked around a walk and single in the ninth before retiring pinch hitter Alberto Callaspo for his fourth save.

"We have to continue what we're doing," Benitez said. "Win the game, hit the ball good and get people out."

Diamondbacks starter Edgar Gonzalez (1-2) was a tough-luck loser despite matching Zito pitch-for-pitch.

His only mistake was the leadoff homer by Bonds in the second, as Gonzalez yielded the one run and five hits while striking out seven and walking one.

"I was feeling good the whole game," Gonzalez said. "I was in a zone. I made one mistake. It was supposed to be inside and I left it in the middle."

"He pitched great, he pitched out of jams," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "After Barry's home run he didn't back down to anybody, pitched inside, pitched away, used his off-speed stuff. He certainly pitched well enough to win. ... We just didn't give him any support."

Arizona has lost three straight and five of six.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ARIZONA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 1 6 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ARI - EDGAR GONZALEZ, DOUG SLATEN (8TH), BRANDON LYON (8TH) AND
    CHRIS SNYDER, ROBBY HAMMOCK (8TH)
    SFO - BARRY ZITO, BRAD HENNESSEY (8TH), ARMANDO BENITEZ
    (9TH) AND

    Apr 21 6:48 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: T Linden ran for B Bonds.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, T LINDEN ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 1 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: R Durham (.286, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 21 5:49 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ARIZONA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ARI - EDGAR GONZALEZ
    SFO - BARRY ZITO

    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B BONDS (.333, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)
    R DURHAM (.286, 0-FOR-2)
    R KLESKO (.308, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 21 5:46 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ARIZONA 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ARI - EDGAR GONZALEZ
    SFO - BARRY ZITO

    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C JACKSON (.241, 1-FOR-1)
    S DREW (.222, 1-FOR-1)
    C SNYDER (.167, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 21 5:10 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BARRY BONDS (5) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF EDGAR GONZALEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 0, SAN FRANCISCO 1
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: R DURHAM (.296, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

    Apr 21 4:30 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BARRY BONDS (5) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF EDGAR GONZALEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 0, SAN FRANCISCO 1
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: R DURHAM (.296, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

    Diamondbacks vs. GiantsApr 21 4:30 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ARIZONA 0 0 0 2 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ARI - EDGAR GONZALEZ
    SFO - BARRY ZITO

    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B BONDS (.325, 4 HR, 10 RBI)
    R DURHAM (.296, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
    R KLESKO (.333, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Apr 21 4:27 PM