SAN FRANCISCO -- Everyone's been saying it. Coaches, teammates, opposing pitchers, fans: "It's only a matter of time." Monday night, that matter of time ended when Barry Bonds finally hit another home run and the sporting world exhaled. So did the rest of the Giants as their hits finally started falling, and on Monday night, everything was as it should be in San Francisco.More
Bonds' home run No. 747 ignited a three-run, go-ahead rally to propel the Giants to a 4-3 win over Toronto. Matt Morris pitched a complete game for his seventh consecutive win. This was a big one for the Giants, who entered the game shouldering a 21-inning scoreless streak and an Oakland sweep on the mind. It was also a big one for Bonds, who hadn't hit a home run in 12 games. "Whenever you people count the big man out, he always responds," Dave Roberts said. The way Bonds responded was by launching a two-run homer approximately 438 feet over center field in the fourth inning to tie the game. It was Bonds' 13th home run of the season, and he is now eight away from tying Hank Aaron's all-time record. It was the first home run Bonds hit off Toronto starting pitcher Josh Towers, who became pitching victim No. 440. Bonds fouled the first pitch back before eyeing the pitch he wanted and sending it sailing over center on an 0-1 count. The way Bonds is batting shouldn't make or break the offense, but Bonds' bat seems synonymous with his teammates'. After Bonds' home run, the Giants finally started stringing together some hits. Ray Durham followed Bonds with a double down the right-field line. Bengie Molina added a single, and Omar Vizquel squeeze-bunted home the go-ahead run. Morris' performance on the mound had just as much to do with the Giants' win as the third-inning rally. He threw his second consecutive complete game, third of the season, tying him for the Major League best. "Great pitching performance, that's it, and we finally came through on offense," said Bonds. Morris is good at turning things around for the Giants. He is 7-4 on the mound following a Giants defeat. "I can't tell you how many times he's saved us after tough losses and losing streaks. He did it again," manager Bruce Bochy said. Morris was roughed up a bit in the first inning, giving up three runs and a walk, but three runs was all the Blue Jays would get off Morris. The right-hander fell into a groove in the second inning and shut down the Blue Jays for the rest of the game.
Becky Regan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less