Shane Victorino singled to break up Morris' bid with two outs in the sixth. Morris said his pitch count would have gotten too high to finish off a no-hitter, but he was aware of it.
"Yeah, I was checking the board out," Morris said. "There was a lot of time to do that in some of those long innings."
Morris snapped the Giants' two-game losing streak -- the fourth time he's snapped a skid of at least two games this season.
"He's been the stopper," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Still paying Benitez
Armando Benitez is gone from the Giants roster but not their payroll. In addition to just under $5 million of this year's salary the team will pay from this point forward, they will continue to make deferred signing bonus payments through 2009. The total amount comes to roughly $7.7 million.
Benitez is expected to begin in a set-up role for the Florida Marlins and told reporters in Milwaukee that he has no problem with it. He pitched a scoreless inning Friday in Florida's 8-5 loss to the Brewers.
New pitcher's debut
Randy Messenger made his Giants debut and pitched a scoreless ninth inning, getting the final out when he recovered after he was hit by a line drive. He was uninjured.
"Nah, it hit me square in the booty," said Messenger, who was acquired Thursday night
The biggest worry was finding a uniform for the 6-foot-6 right-hander.
"I got a nice inning with a no-name jersey and I got to wear my little brother's pants," he said, smiling. "They were a little tight in the ankles."
Barry Bonds took some of his best swings in weeks but remained nine home runs away from matching the all-time home run record. Career home run No. 747 nearly took off but hit the scoreboard in right-center field for a double. ... Dave Roberts (left elbow surgery) continued to take batting practice and is on track to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno early next week, trainer Dave Groeschner said. There's a good chance Roberts will meet his goal to return June 8, when the Giants begin their next homestand. ... Bochy confirmed that right-hander Brad Hennessey would be the primary candidate to close games, though the manager expected to go with matchups on some nights. ... Catcher Bengie Molina received a routine day of rest Friday. Because of the heat and humidity, Bochy said Molina likely would rest Sunday as well.
-- Andrew Baggarly, MediaNews staff