Rox blank Bonds, Giants
DENVER – Sunny Kim shut down Barry Bonds and the rest of the San Francisco lineup Saturday night, throwing a three-hitter for his first career shutout in Colorado’s 6-0 win over the Giants.Bonds went 0-for-3 and was held without a homer for the second straight game, as the Giants were shut out for the second time in three games. They fell to 72-82, 5 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Diego Padres, who played at Arizona later Saturday. The San Francisco loss trimmed San Diego’s magic number to four.Choo Freeman, making his third start since being called up from Colorado Springs, led the Rockies with three hits.Bonds has been held to two singles and a walk so far in two games at homer-friendly Coors Field, where his 24 home runs are the most of any visiting player. He stayed stuck on 707 for his career, seven behind Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list.As was the case Friday, Bonds drew his share of boos and catcalls from the crowd in Denver, but really, Kim (6-2) made himself the story on this night.The 28-year-old journeyman, competing for a spot in Colorado’s rotation next season, improved to 4-0 in seven starts this season for the Rockies, who claimed him off waivers Aug. 5.He struck out three and faced three batters over the minimum in throwing his first complete game and the first complete-game shutout for the Rockies since Sept. 30, 2001. The first hit was a third-inning double by Pedro Feliz, who was erased when Freeman threw him out from center field when he attempted to tag up after Matt Matheny’s flyout.Moises Alou and Ray Durham had the other hits, back-to-back singles to start the eighth, but Kim retired the next three batters to keep the shutout intact.John Thomson had the last complete-game shutout by a Colorado pitcher, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Kim also contributed with the bat, knocking in Freeman for a 1-0 lead after he reached on a third-inning triple off starter Noah Lowry (13-13), who threw 6 1-3 innings and allowed six runs and seven hits.Garrett Atkins had an RBI single in the sixth to give Colorado a 2-0 lead.The Rockies chased Lowry in the seventh when Luis Gonzalez drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-0. Todd Helton greeted Jack Taschner with a two-run single to break open the game and extend his hitting streak to 11 games.Bonds’ at-bats weren’t much to remember. He popped out to short, hit a line drive right at Freeman and bounced out to Gonzalez, the second baseman, who was perfectly positioned in shallow right field and threw Bonds out easily.Notes: Helton drew his 100th walk of the season in the sixth inning, the third straight year he’s drawn 100 bases on balls. … This was the third complete game for the Rockies pitching staff this year. Jason Jennings (April 22) and Aaron Cook (Sept. 11) had the other two.
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