Giants blank Dodgers to take series
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES ' Brad Hennessey worked 6 1-3 shutout innings, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 Sunday night despite another tough day at the plate for Barry Bonds.
Hennessey (1-0) allowed three hits while walking three and striking out two before being relieved by Scott Munter with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh. Munter worked out of trouble by striking out pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee and retiring Dioner Navarro on a fly to right.
Tim Worrell, the fourth Giants pitcher, retired Ramon Martinez with two on and two out to end the eighth, and worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five chances.
Hennessey was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to make the 29th start of his big league career. The 26-year-old right-hander was 7-10 with a 4.72 ERA for the Giants in parts of the last two seasons, and 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in two starts for Fresno earlier this month.
Dodgers cleanup hitter Jeff Kent came out of the game after being beaned in the seventh. Kent was hit on the helmet just behind his left temple on the first pitch from Hennessey with one on and nobody out. Hennessey faced two more batters before being relieved.
— Kent didn't appear to lose consciousness, but was wobbly as he got to his feet after being attended to by Dodgers medical personnel. He was assisted to the dugout and replaced by pinch-runner Martinez. There was no immediate word on Kent's condition.
Bonds went hitless in two at-bats, making him 4-for-23 this season. He also drew his 11th walk and was hit by a pitch leading off the eighth by Tim Hamulack, who was immediately ejected by plate umpire Lance Barksdale. Bonds came out for a pinch-runner.
Booed every time he came to the plate, Bonds flied to center leading off the second, sending Kenny Lofton to the warning track for his high drive; walked on five pitches in the fourth, and grounded to first in the sixth off loser Jae Seo (0-1).
The Giants scored their runs in the sixth with some help from Seo. Omar Vizquel doubled to start the inning, and took third on Mark Sweeney's single. Seo threw two called strikes to Bonds before committing a balk, allowing Vizquel to score and sending Sweeney to second. Sweeney took third on Bonds' grounder, and scored on Ray Durham's two-out single.
Seo was removed for a pinch-hitter after allowing six hits and two runs in six innings.
Vizquel made a smart fielding play in the bottom of the sixth. With one out and runners at first and second, Lofton grounded to second baseman Durham, who flipped to Vizquel for the force. Knowing he couldn't get the relay to first in time for a double play, Vizquel immediately threw to third, where Cody Ross was tagged out after rounding the bag.
Notes: Bonds was in the starting lineup for the fourth straight day and the ninth time in the Giants' 11 games this year. He played the first game of a doubleheader Thursday before sitting out the nightcap. ... Dodgers INF Nomar Garciaparra, sidelined with a strained muscle on his right side, took about 70 swings in the batting cage at what manager Grady Little called 100 percent effort. Garciaparra will take live batting practice Monday. ... Giants INF Lance Niekro didn't start because of soreness in his right foot. Manager Felipe Alou said Niekro would be placed on the bereavement list after the game due to the death of his maternal grandfather, and will miss at least three more games. ... Giants OF Moises Alou, who has hit three of San Francisco's five homers, returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sore left calf muscle. He was 1-for-3 with a walk.