Barry Bonds wants another swing in a big spot against Carlos Zambrano. The 22-year-old Chicago Cubs pitcher retired Bonds with the bases loaded on a soft liner back to the mound in the fifth inning on Thursday, then caught San Francisco's attention with his celebration.
Zambrano pounded himself in the chest, pumped his fists twice as he walked to the dugout and flipped the ball a dozen rows into the stands at Wrigley Field.
"Well, I just try to be myself. I don't try to embarrass anybody. He's a big man in baseball," Zambrano said after Chicago beat the Giants, 9-4.
"It was a situation that was a big deal in the game. I was happy."
Bonds was not. "I don't get upset about things like that, brother. He will learn respect eventually. I promise you," Bonds said. "He'll learn respect, I guarantee that."
Sammy Sosa continued his hot streak, hitting a three-run homer and driving in four runs to power the Cubs to the win. Sosa collected 13 homers in July, the most in the majors, and drove in 29 runs. He doubled home a run in the first and grabbed his homer in the sixth as the Cubs pulled away.
Moises Alou drove in two runs for the Cubs while Damian Miller had two hits and drove in a run. Kenny Lofton added three hits to the Chicago attack.
During the game, the National League West-leading Giants obtained the 14-game winner Sidney Ponson from Baltimore for pitchers Kurt Ainsworth, Damian Moss and Ryan Hannaman.
"To get a 14-game winner who's pitching as well as he has, you'll have to give up something," Giants' general manager, Brian Sabean, said. "We accomplished what we needed to do, which was to bring a prize starter and hopefully get some more innings out of a starter than we were getting."
Nobody did a better job than Alex Rodriguez of putting a frenzied week of trade talks behind him. Hours after the non-waiver trade deadline - and still wearing a Texas uniform - Rodriguez hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Rangers a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Earlier in the week, Rodriguez said he would consider a trade. But before Thursday game, he said he was committed to the Rangers as long as the team showed progress toward becoming a contender. Then he showed what Texas would be missing if he ever left.
"It's been a crazy few days," Rodriguez said. "It was a good way to end it and to this nonsense. I don't think it's that big a deal. It felt good. It was a long night and it was time to go."
The Rangers took a 3-2 lead into the ninth, but Trot Nixon led off with his 20th homer against closer Francisco Cordero.
In the Texas 11th, Shane Spencer drew a lead-off walk from Todd Jones (2-1). After a base hit and a walk, Rodriguez hit an 0-1 pitch Jones into the Rangers' bullpen.Reuse content