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FELIZ DOES BONDS IMITATION

Pedro Feliz had played the outfield once before and was replacing one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.

No problem.

Feliz homered for the second straight game in place of ailing Barry Bonds, and Kurt Ainsworth ended a four-game losing streak as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-1, on Saturday.

"I wouldn't say I'm like him (Bonds), but I can play, too," said Feliz, who hit two homers all last season. "I'm not surprised with what I've done the last two games, either."

Feliz, an infielder, got the start in left after Bonds was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right knee.

Bonds was injured in San Francisco's 10-7 loss to Colorado on Friday night when he crashed into the wall on a fly ball by Preston Wilson in the fourth inning. Bonds singled to lead off the fifth, but limped off the field and isn't expected to play again in the four-game series.

Feliz did his best Bonds imitation in the sixth inning with a 447-foot homer to center off Scott Elarton (0-1), a three-run shot that provided the game's first runs. Feliz also had a two-run homer Friday night after replacing Bonds.

Feliz's only other appearance in the outfield came last Aug. 8 against the Chicago Cubs, but manager Felipe Alou didn't hesitate moving him to left after Bonds was hurt.

"I put him in the game yesterday right away. He was just in there and he's in there tomorrow," Alou said. "This is an opportunity to give a hitter some at-bats and one game isn't going to do it. It gives me a better shot at reading him as a hitter."

Marquis Grissom was 4 for 5 and finished a homer short of the cycle for San Francisco, which improved its NL-best road record to 18-8. The Giants are off to their best road start since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

Todd Helton had two hits for Colorado, but the rest of Rockies managed just two more to doom Elarton's first start in more than a year.

Morris masters Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Matt Morris pitched his second consecutive shutout and Fernando Vina and Jim Edmonds homered in a three-run second inning as the Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-0.

"The defense was awesome," said Morris, the first St. Louis pitcher to throw consecutive shutouts since Bob Tewksbury in August 1990. "We got that lead and it kind of deflated them. I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be, but we played great defense."

Morris had only three strikeouts and allowed nine hits and 11 base runners, but benefited from double plays turned by the Cardinals' NL-leading defense in each of the first three innings.

Around the horn

Hideo Nomo took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before settling for a two-hitter, and Fred McGriff hit a grand slam as the Dodgers beat the Brewers, 6-0, for their ninth straight victory. . . . Wil Cordero hit Montreal's fifth game-ending homer of the season as the Expos beat the Phillies, 3-2, before 33,236 fans, the largest non-opening day crowd at Olympic Stadium in six years. . . . Alex Gonzalez and Juan Encarnacion each had three hits to lead the Marlins to a 5-4 win over the Reds despite a pair of two-run homers by Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. . . . Mark Grudzielanek had three hits to lead the Cubs over the Astros, 3-2.

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