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Dodgers run up Bonds’ bill: 0 for 4

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have Barry Bonds' number this season.

Bonds, who leads the majors with 39 homers, went hitless in four at-bats Monday night as the Dodgers beat San Francisco 8-6 for their seventh straight victory.

Bonds has gone seven games without a homer — his longest drought of the season — and is 2-for-21 in those seven games.

Three have been against the Dodgers.

"We tried, but when one team's got your calling card, they've just got your calling card, and they're charging it up big time," Bonds said. "They've had mine all year long. They've run my bill up so high, I can't afford it."

Bonds, 4-for-39 with two homers and four RBIs against the Dodgers this year, was retired on a broken-bat grounder to second in the first; lost a hit when Gary Sheffield made a diving catch in left field of his blooper in the third; flied to right in the sixth; and flied to left in the eighth.

"We have pitched him extremely well," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

In the only other NL games, Houston beat Milwaukee 6-4 and Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 10-5.

Bonds robbed Paul Lo Duca of a two-run homer in the seventh with a leaping catch above the left-field fence to start an inning-ending double play.

"It kept us right in the ballgame and gave us a chance to win," Giants manager Dusty Baker said.

The Dodgers led 7-6 at the time.

Bonds' catch came a day after Mike Darr robbed Eric Karros of a homer in San Diego.

"We're going to have to hit them a little bit farther," Tracy said.

Sheffield went 4-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth for the Dodgers, who last won seven straight games nearly four years ago.

The Dodgers have scored seven or more runs in each of the seven wins. "We're getting runs early and often," said Shawn Green, whose two-out single off Tim Worrell in the eighth accounted for the Dodgers' final run. "It definitely helps to have guys back in the lineup."

Green has driven in at least one run in eight straight games.

Sheffield's sixth-inning RBI single off Ryan Vogelsong (0-3) snapped a 5-5 tie, and Karros followed with another run-scoring single to make it 7-5.

Marvin Benard hit reliever Matt Herges' first pitch for his fifth homer in the seventh to cut the Dodgers' lead to one run, but the Giants wouldn't score again.

ASTROS 6, BREWERS 4: Rookie Tim Redding got his first big-league victory and his first major league hit as Houston won at Miller Park.

Redding pitched six scoreless innings before Raul Casanova hit a three-run homer in the seventh. Jimmy Haynes lost his career-high sixth straight decision.

Milwaukee right-fielder James Mouton strained his left hamstring diving for a ball in the first inning.

PIRATES 10, REDS 5: Aramis Ramirez doubled, homered and singled in his first three at-bats, driving in five runs as Pittsburgh won at Cincinnati.

The Pirates ended a three-game losing streak, with Jason Schmidt getting the victory in a matchup of the NL's bottom two teams.

Pittsburgh is the league's worst road team at 11-31, while the Reds are the majors' poorest home team at 10-29.