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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Brewers Beat Giants 10-1

From Sportsline.com:

The San Francisco Giants are struggling, their ace hasn't won in six weeks, and they soon could be dealing with slugger Barry Bonds being indicted.

Bill Hall hit a three-run homer, Mike Rivera added a two-run shot, and rookie Zach Jackson ended a four-start winless stretch in the Milwaukee Brewers' 10-1 victory over San Francisco on Monday night.

It was the Giants' third straight loss and they are 1-3 since the All-Star break.

"We just didn't look fresh coming back from the All-Star break," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Even when you take a break from a job for lunch for an hour or 30 minutes, you're supposed to come back fresh. We just don't look fresh."

Bonds, who could be indicted by a grand jury on perjury and tax evasion charges sometime this week, went 0-for-1 with two walks a day after hitting his 721st career home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Philadelphia. It was his first since July 7.

When Bonds climbed the dugout steps for batting practice before the game, he said: "Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow. I'm too old for this." He turns 42 next Monday, and the Giants have that day off.

Bonds grounded out to second in the first and drew a six-pitch walk in the fourth and a five-pitch walk in the sixth -- his 79th free pass of the year -- before Todd Linden replaced him in left field in the eighth.

Carlos Lee doubled twice, drove in a run and scored for Milwaukee, which won consecutive road games for the first time since June 26-27 against the Chicago Cubs. Prince Fielder had a double in his three hits and added a sacrifice fly as the Brewers scored 10 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 24-25, 2003. They won 10-5 at Arizona on Sunday.

"Sometimes, it's just a matter of time," manager Ned Yost said.

Jackson (2-2) outpitched Giants ace Jason Schmidt with five strong innings for his second win of the season and first since June 12 at Cincinnati. Rick Helling, a former 20-game winner with Texas, pitched three scoreless innings of relief and worked of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the sixth.

"I was fighting myself a little bit," Jackson said. "I was trying to be aggressive, but I was able to make the pitches when I needed them."


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