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Bonds sits, Giants beat Braves 2-1

SAN FRANCISCO - Rich Aurilia hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, Noah Lowry held Atlanta scoreless after allowing a run in the first and the San Francisco Giants got a rare win with Barry Bonds out of the lineup, beating the Braves 2-1 Wednesday night.

With Bonds resting after playing 13 innings Tuesday night, the Giants stopped their three-game losing streak behind the strong pitching from Lowry (11-7), who allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings.

Aurilia and fill-in cleanup hitter Pedro Feliz provided the offense with Bonds sitting out. Feliz had two hits and an RBI and Aurilia's solo homer off Chuck James (8-8) gave the Giants a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

Lowry and the bullpen made that stand up, giving the Giants just their sixth win in 19 games with Bonds out of the starting lineup. Brad Hennessey pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.

Hennessey escaped despite allowing Jeff Francoeur's leadoff double. Francoeur went to third on Matt Diaz'a groundout but was left there when Hennessey struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson to end it.

Commissioner Bud Selig was in attendance for the second straight game, but once again didn't see Bonds homer.

Manager Bruce Bochy said there was a "good chance" Bonds would be back in the lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale to continue his pursuit of Hank Aaron's career home run record of 755.

Bonds is 2-for-14 since hitting home runs No. 752 and 753 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field last Thursday, moving within two of tying Aaron's record. Since hitting a single at Cincinnati on July 5, he is batting .132 (5-for-38) as his chase of Aaron has slowed to a crawl.

"I don't feel bad," Bonds said before the game. "I'm getting like one hit. I want to get two."

Lowry got into a bit of trouble early when he hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch to open the game and allowed consecutive one-out singles to Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones to drive in the game's first run. But Lowry got Jeff Francoeur to hit into an inning-ending double play, one of three he induced on the night.

Atlanta didn't get another runner as far as third base against Lowry, who has been the Giants' best pitcher this season, winning five of his last six starts and improving to 8-2 at home.

San Francisco tied the game in the third when Randy Winn doubled and scored on Feliz's two-out single. Aurilia broke the tie with his fourth home run to lead off the sixth inning.

James allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out five and walking two.

Notes:@ The Giants are 36-44 when Bonds starts. ... Bonds has never faced Buddy Carlyle, Atlanta's scheduled starter Thursday. ... James has allowed more than three earned runs only four times in 21 starts this season. ... The Braves are just 4-4 in their last eight games even though their starters have a 2.00 ERA in that span. ... Pitching coach Dave Righetti rejoined the Giants after missing the previous five games for personal reasons.

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