Bonds and rookie combine for San Fran treat
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Lowry, who had a no-hitter broken up in the seventh inning, was a late starting replacement for Dustin Hermanson, who was suddenly moved into the closer's role by Giants manager Felipe Alou earlier Tuesday. Lowry (1-0) was recalled from Triple-A Fresno in the afternoon and by night's end had his first major league victory and shutout. Lowry, who hurled 120 pitches, struck out nine and walked just two while adding a pair of hits at the plate. "It's all still hitting me," said Lowry. "This is something I'll never forget." J.T. Snow and Pedro Feliz also homered along with Bonds in back-to-back-to- back fashion in the victory. The Giants have won two of three following a three-game slide. Snow ended 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Struggling righthander Cory Lidle was saddled with the loss for Cincinnati, which has lost three straight and 11 of the last 12. Lidle (6-10), who has lost his last five decisions, allowed eight runs -- four earned -- on 11 hits with three walks in six innings. Also on Tuesday, the Reds activated outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. from the 15-day disabled list. The All-Star slugger had been out since July 10 with a partial tear in his right hamstring. Although Griffey did not play in the game, he will most likely return to the starting lineup at some point this week. A grounder by Bonds allowed Ray Durham to score in the first for an early 1-0 Giants lead. San Francisco then put up four runs in the third for a five-run lead. With two outs, Ricky Ledee reached first on an error and moved to third on a single by Snow. Bonds then stepped up and ripped a three-run blast to right. Consecutive doubles by Feliz and A.J. Pierzynski capped the uprising. The middle of the contest belonged to Lowry, who cruised through the first six frames without allowing a hit. However, the bid for history ended when D`Angelo Jimenez singled to start the seventh. "I have to give a lot of credit to A.J. (Pierzynski)," Lowry said about the Giants catcher who helped keep him calm after the no-hitter was halted. In the home seventh, the Giants struck for three straight home runs to add to their lead. Snow started the trio with his fifth, Bonds then splashed his 29th into McCovey Cove and Feliz' line drive finished it off for an 8-0 advantage. San Francisco added three more in the eighth. Lowry started with a single and moved to third on a fielder's choice by Ledee. With runners now on first and third, a two-base hit by Snow off of Phil Norton scored Lowry before a two-run double off the bat of Dustan Mohr scored Ledee and Snow for the 11-0 lead. Lowry became the first Giants pitcher to record a shutout in his first win since Mike Remlinger on June 15, 1991. With his 66th career multi-homer game, Bonds moved into third place on the all-time list. Only Babe Ruth (72) and Mark McGwire (67) have more.