Matt Williams, the San Francisco third baseman who began the day leading the N.L. in homers, runs batted in and batting average, fractured a bone in his right foot Saturday and will be out at least six weeks.
Williams was injured when he fouled a ball off the foot in the sixth inning of a win over Philadelphia. He is to undergo surgery today.
Giants manager Dusty Baker, who received a phone call from trainer Mark Letendre with the bad news during his postgame media gathering, said Williams had fractured the second metatarsal of his right foot. The metatarsal consists of five bones between the ankle and the toe.
Williams, hitting .381 with 13 homers and 35 RBIs, fouled the ball off his foot with one out and Barry Bonds on first. He singled a couple of pitches later.
Williams hobbled into second as the next batter, Mark Carreon, reached safely on an infield error. He then signaled toward the dugout, came out of the game and went to Peninsula Hospital for X-rays.
Piazza back today
Los Angeles catcher Mike Piazza will be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for today’s game with the Mets. Piazza was hitting .537 when he tore a ligament in his left thumb in a fall on the basepaths May 10 in San Diego.
Clearing the bases
Colorado drew 48,144 Saturday - the secondlargest crowd in Coors Field’s brief history - and continued to lead the majors in attendance. … Montreal first baseman Henry Rodriguez, obtained 11 days earlier to replace the injured Cliff Floyd, will miss at least 6 weeks because of a hairline fracture in his right leg. … St. Louis second baseman Geronimo Pena was out of the lineup with a bruised left thigh. Pena will return to St. Louis for an examination on Monday. … Philadelphia expects left-hander David West to return from the disabled list for a start June 15… . The Reds put pitcher Jose Rijo and outfielder Deion Sanders on the 15-day disabled list and called up pitchers Johnny Ruffin and C.J. Nitkowski from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Giants 3, Phillies 1
Trevor Wilson allowed one run in seven innings and drove in a run with a single as San Francisco defeated Philadelphia.
Reds 8, Cardinals 4
Reggie Sanders drove in four runs with a homer and a sacrifice fly, powering Cincinnati past St. Louis. Sanders has been the Reds’ steadiest hitter in the last two weeks, leading Cincinnati to 10 wins in 12 games.
Rockies 7, Pirates 6
Larry Walker hit solo homers in consecutive atbats, his 10th and 11th of the season, and Colorado defeated Pittsburgh.
Marlins 5, Cubs 4
Alex Arias’ two-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Jesus Tavarez from second, capping a five-run comeback as Florida beat Chicago.
Astros 2, Braves 1 (10)
Jeff Bagwell hit a solo homer and started the winning rally in the 10th with a single as Houston beat Atlanta and won its third straight game.
Mets 5, Dodgers 3
Ryan Thompson bowled over catcher Tom Prince to score the go-ahead run after Joe Orsulak’s pinchhit single in the seventh as New York beat Los Angeles.
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