Bonds gets 701st, but Padres' lefty cruises in 5-1 win over Giants
Posted: Saturday September 18, 2004 7:11PM; Updated: Saturday September 18, 2004 10:11PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds wasted no time getting to 701.
The San Francisco slugger added another home run to his impressive total a day after hitting career homer No. 700, but David Wells shut down the rest of the Giants into the eighth inning and Jay Payton hit a tiebreaking three-run shot in the seventh to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-1 victory Saturday.
"If you want to make a name for yourself, you've got to challenge the best, go after him," Wells said. "Unless it comes from the dugout, I'm not going to walk anybody."
A tribute to Bonds was played on the main center-field scoreboard before the game, and he received a long ovation when he jogged out to take his position in left field and again when he stepped into the batter's box.
He gave the crowd more to cheer about when he led off the second inning with a solo homer to right-center on the first pitch he saw from Wells (12-7), the 43rd homer of the season for the six-time NL MVP.
With the latest home run, the 40-year-old Bonds moved into a tie with Ted Williams for 11th place on the all-time RBIs list with 1,839. He also took over seventh place on the career list for total bases from Carl Yastrzemski with 5,540 -- he began the year in 10th place, also passing Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray.
On Saturday, Bonds also struck out in the fourth, grounded out in the seventh and struck out in the ninth -- he hadn't struck out twice since July 15 at Colorado and has fanned just 36 times this season.
The homer, which came on a hanging cutter, was about the only mistake Wells made.
"The difference was Wells," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "He dominated our guys. Except for Barry's homer, it was a breeze for him."
Payton's big hit against Giants ace Jason Schmidt (16-7) also made a difference -- the ball even sailed over Bonds' head in left-center. Payton is 8-for-18 with two homers lifetime against Schmidt.
The other homer off Schmidt came July 22 this year and also was a three-run shot.
"Fortunately for us, this year we've done well against him," Payton said. "It's big. We have to come back every day. There's not much tomorrow for us."
The Giants lost for only the fifth time in 15 September games and had their six-game winning streak snapped. They still have a half-game lead over the Cubs in the NL wild-card race because Chicago lost to Cincinnati 6-5.
Wells beat the Giants for the second time in five starts against San Francisco this season. He left after 7 1-3 innings with two runners on -- having struck out five and not walked a batter. He allowed five hits.
"I tell you what, you can't have a better guy out there," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
Akinori Otsuka relieved and got Deivi Cruz to ground into an inning-ending double play. Trevor Hoffman got the final out with a runner on first and second for his 39th save in 43 chances, passing Dennis Eckersley for third place on the career saves list with 391.
Schmidt looked strong early, but couldn't maintain it.
The All-Star right-hander had his start moved back a day so he could pitch against both the Padres twice in the final weeks. Schmidt also will be available to start the last game of the season if necessary.
He retired the first nine San Diego batters, striking out the side in the second. He didn't allow a hit until Ramon Vazquez doubled to right leading off the fourth.
Schmidt, who has only one win in his last six starts, gave up five runs on six hits, struck out eight and walked three in 7 2-3 innings. Three of his seven losses this year have been to the Padres -- also on April 21 and July 22, which ended a 12-game winning streak.
Schmidt committed a two-base throwing error when he tried to pick off Ryan Klesko at first in the seventh inning. His wild throw went off the railing along the first-base line and rolled to the bullpen mound, allowing Klesko to get to third.
Schmidt then plunked Ramon Hernandez and Payton followed with his eighth homer of the year.
"I was going for the double play to get out of the inning. I left a slider up and he hit it," Schmidt said. "It happened all so fast, but I wasn't as sharp then as I was earlier in the game. Plus, (Wells) just dominated us."
Klesko doubled in the fourth, giving him a hit in 15 of his 17 games in September. Payton also added two singles, and his three hits were the most he's had in one game since going 4-for-5 on May 25 at Colorado.
Notes: The Padres activated RHP reliever Jay Witasick from the 15-day disabled list before the game. Witasick had been sidelined for a month with a left side strain. ... Schmidt is 9-6 in 19 career starts vs. San Diego. ... Schmidt has 232 strikeouts this season, the fifth highest total in San Francisco history and 16th highest in franchise history.