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Bonds blanked as Selig watches

COLD RECEPTION The San Francisco slugger was booed lustily each time he stepped into the batters' box. The closest he came to a homer was a deep fly



With commissioner Bud Selig in attendance, Barry Bonds went 0-for-4 and remained two home runs behind Hank Aaron as San Francisco beat Milwaukee 8-4 on Friday night.

Bonds started the series opener in the city where Aaron began and ended his career -- and on the 31st anniversary of Aaron's final home run. He hit No. 755 on July 20, 1976, at now-demolished County Stadium.

Bonds was booed lustily by the sellout crowd each time he stepped into the batter's box. The closest he came to a homer was a deep drive to center that was caught in the seventh.

Guillermo Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh for San Francisco, which rallied with three straight walks against Carlos Villanueva (6-2) to win for only the second time in nine games. Rodriguez also had an RBI single in the fourth.

Noah Lowry (10-7) allowed five hits and four runs in six innings.

Astros 2, Pirates 1

At Pittsburgh, Carlos Lee's two-run homer in the first inning helped Houston's Roy Oswalt bounce back from the worst start of his career.

The Pirates' seventh straight loss dropped them into last place in the NL Central for the first time this season.

Marlins 10, Reds 2

At Miami, Florida's Scott Olsen won in his first start after a two-game suspension for insubordination and conduct detrimental to the team.

Olsen (8-7) limited the Reds to four hits and two solo homers.

Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 2

At Chicago, Aramis Ramirez homered and had four RBIs and Jacque Jones had two run-scoring singles for Chicago.

Jason Marquis (7-5) allowed four hits over seven innings, including Chris Young's 15th homer, to get the victory and run Chicago's record to 7-1 since the All-Star break.

Rockies 3, Nationals 1

At Washington, Aaron Cook had a career-high eight strikeouts in seven shutout innings for Colorado.

Cook entered the game with the lowest strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio in the major leagues (2.82). He allowed four hits as the Rockies won for the 10th time in 14 games.

Cardinals 4, Braves 2

At Atlanta, Juan Encarnacion drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth to back seven strong innings from St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright.

Winning for the fourth time in five starts, Wainwright (9-7) struck out seven, walked one and allowed six hits.

Mets 4, Dodgers 1

At Los Angeles, Jose Reyes scored the tiebreaking run for New York in the eighth inning on a throwing error by reliever Roberto Hernandez (0-1) and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run homer.

Oliver Perez (9-6) allowed a run and six hits over seven innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list.

Phillies 7, Padres 3

At San Diego, Adam Eaton hit an RBI single and beat his old team, pitching Philadelphia to the win in his first start at Petco Park since the Padres traded him to Texas on Jan. 4 last year.


Josh Beckett had 10 strikeouts and tied for the major league lead with his 13th win as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over Chicago on Friday night.

Coco Crisp's three-run triple in the fifth inning gave Boston a 4-3 lead and Julio Lugo hit a grand slam in the eighth, driving in the last of the 10 runs allowed by starter Jose Contreras.

Royals 10, Tigers 2

At Detroit, Billy Butler had four hits and four RBIs to lead Kansas City.

Mark Grudzielanek also had four hits for the Royals, who are 23-18 since June 1 after posting 22 straight losing months.

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