SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) --
put his name next to
's on another one of baseball's all-time lists, but he met one person who's not impressed.
Bonds was ejected following a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth inning, but the
San Francisco Giants
still were able to defeat the
, 5-4, on rookie
's two-out RBI single in the 11th.
One of the greatest players in bsaeball history, Bonds tied Ruth for second all-time with his 2,062nd walk. But he wasn't happy with the strike zone and was tossed from the dugout by plate umpire Jim Reynolds after teammate
looked at a third strike.
"I just yelled, 'It ain't that difficult,'" said Bonds, who was particularly unhappy with a 1-0 strike call during his at-bat. "I didn't say anything about balls or strikes."
"Yeah, he threw him out quick," Giants manager
added. "(He said) nothing offensive. I asked the umpire if he said any bad words, maybe I didn't hear it, and he said, 'No.'"
Reynolds had a rough game. He was confronted by Alou after warning rookie righthander
for hitting batters on consecutive pitches in the third inning, then threw out Bonds after what may have been an inconsistent strike zone.
Bonds stormed out of the dugout after being tossed, but Reynolds didn't budge, telling him, "You're not that good."
"It will be included in our report," Reynolds added. "I have no comment on what's going into the report."
Bonds was incensed by Reynolds' comment. After all, he is fourth in history with 654 home runs and is regarded by many as a modern-day Ruth.
"Don't insult me," Bonds said. "I didn't insult his charachter. I don't ever argue, hardly ever. To me, everybody does their job the best they can, but it ain't difficult. I didn't insult you, don't insult me."
"I never saw (No.) 25 like that before," Alou said of Bonds. "He was kind of bothered by the second strike. About the umpire, you know how I feel. We all make mistakes."
Linden didn't make one, smacking a 1-0 pitch from
(6-3) through the righthander's legs and into center field to score
with the winning run. He went 1-for-2 and is 6-for-20 with two RBI this season.
"I was able to get a good pitch and put a good swing on it," said Linden, a 23-year-old switch-hitter from Washington. "Everything worked out just like I would have liked to."
With the Giants cruising to the National League Western Division title, Linden knows his playing time will be limited, especially in left field, which is patrolled by Bonds.
"There's no doubt about it, we're not used to sitting on the bench," Linden said of the Giants' September call-ups. "But at the same time, how am I supposed to think I'm the starting left fielder?"
(8-2) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 11th and picked up the win, the Giants 17th in 24 tries since a six-game skid. They reduced their magic number for clinching the division to five.
"We're trying to win every game and we're in good position to where we don't have to look over our shoulders right now," said right fielder Jose Cruz Jr., who hit a tying solo homer in the fifth.
San Francisco is just 1 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the best record in the major leagues.
Milwaukee shares last place in the NL Central with Cincinnati after losing for the eighth time in 10 games following a 14-2 stretch. The Brewers took the series opener before dropping a pair of one-run contests.
"It just shows we can compete with any team and we just came out on the short end of the stick," left fielder
The Brewers had four different leads in the series finale, opening the scoring on Clark's solo homer in the first.
drove in their other three runs with sacrifice flies in the second and fourth and a single in the ninth.
doubled home San Francisco's first run in the opening inning and Cruz tied it with an RBI single in the second and again in the fifth with his homer off Brewers starter
Podsednik made it 4-3 with a two-out hit in the ninth, but
did the same against Milwaukee closer
in the bottom of the inning, plating pinch runner
from second with a triple into the right field corner off
"I was thinking, 'Get a good pitch and hit it anywhere hard,'" said Feliz, who entered as part of a double switch in the seventh and went 2-for-2 with a walk. "I think I was a little bit late that way."
The Brewers threatened in the 11th, loading the bases with one out. But the hard-throwing Rodriguez struck out
and Clark escape unscathed, then left the mound pumping his fists.
"Yeah, he was really into it," Alou said. "I haven't seen him before like that, so excited."
The Giants had two out and a runner on first in the bottom of the inning when Feliz singled.
walked, setting the stage for Linden's heroics.
"That was great," Cruz said. "He is thrown in here and he does well. That's part of the reason why this team has done so well."