Padres LHP David Wells was scratched from his start against the Dodgers last night because of sinus infection.

He was replaced by Brian Lawrence (15-12), who pitched on three days' rest for the second straight start.

Wells said he's been sick for several days and was too weak to pitch.

"I went for a walk, went like four blocks and I was sweating bullets. I didn't have any strength. Normally I would. If I wasn't in bed for four days I'd do it, come out and pitch, but laying around doing nothing and getting no activity, I don't want to hurt myself."

Wells, 12-7 with a 3.50 ERA, is scheduled to start tonight against Arizona.

* TEMPERS FLARE BY THE BAY: Barry Bonds was nearly hit by a pitch, and both benches cleared last night in the game between the Giants and visiting Astros. There were no punches or ejections in the third inning after Brandon Backe's 3-0 pitch nearly hit Bonds in the leg. It was called a strike when Bonds spun forward while avoiding the ball.

Bonds, who has 701 career homers, gestured emphatically toward Backe and nearly stuck his fingers into the mask of plate umpire Mike Reilly while teammates held him back. Bonds was hit by a pitch earlier in the series and brushed back at least two more times.

Moments later, Bonds drew his sixth consecutive walk from the Astros. The first five, including a first-inning walk, were intentional.

-- From News Services