Bonds Hits 68th In Giants' Win, Moves Within Two Of McGwire's Mark
Sept 29, 2001
By The Associated Press
Somber and withdrawn following the death of his former bodyguard, BarryBonds released his emotions by hitting his 68th home run.
'It just felt good to do something for him, to just be able to do somethingon a day you really wanted to do something,' Bonds said after his drive Fridaynight helped the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 10-5. 'I gotthrough today, and that's the most important thing. I'm fine with it now, and Ican move on.'
Moments after he emphatically pointed skyward with both arms as he crossedhome plate, the slugger shed tears on the bench.
'I lose one of my best friends yesterday,' he said before the game.'Whenever I want to enjoy it for a minute, something happens.'
Bonds hit a deep drive to right-center on a 3-0 pitch from San Diego rookieJason Middlebrook (1-1), who has yielded three homers to Bonds in six days.With eight games remaining, Bonds is two homers shy of the record Mark McGwireset three years ago.
In other games it was Arizona 4, Los Angeles 3 in 11 innings, Atlanta 5, NewYork 3, Florida 6, Philadelphia 5 in 10 innings, Chicago 6, Houston 2, St.Louis 14, Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 7, Cincinnati 6, and Colorado 6, Milwaukee 5.
At San Francisco, the Giants (85-69) remained three games behind St. Louis(88-66) in the wild card race and two games behind NL West-leading Arizona.
Shawn Estes (9-8) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, strikingout eight in his first victory since July 29.
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3
Mark Grace hit a tying single in the eighth at Phoenix and Luis Gonzalez ledoff the 11th with his 54th home run, a drive off Mike Trombley (0-4).
Los Angeles dropped six games behind the Diamondbacks.
Mike Morgan (1-0) won in relief of Curt Schilling, the winningest pitcher inthe majors at 21-6. Schilling allowed three runs and seven hits in eightinnings.
Braves 5, Mets 3
Andruw Jones and Javy Lopez each hit two-run homers as Atlanta won theopener of a three-game series at Turner Field, taking a two-game lead oversecond-place Philadelphia and a four-game lead over New York.
Tom Glavine (15-7) allowed two runs in six innings and Julio Franco added asolo homer off Steve Trachsel (10-13). The Braves are seeking their 10thstraight division title.
Marlins 6, Phillies 5, 10 innings
Kevin Millar's homer off Cliff Politte (2-3) with one out in the 10thcompleted Florida's rally from a 5-1 deficit.
Antonio Alfonseca (3-4) pitched a perfect 10th. Five Marlins relieverscombined for seven innings of shutout relief.
Phillies closer Jose Mesa let a 5-4 lead slip away in the ninth, his fourthblown save in 42 chances this season. Two singles and a passed ball put runnerson first and third with one out, and Eric Owens' sacrifice fly off Mesa tied itat 5.
Cubs 6, Astros 2
Matt Stairs drove in two runs and Sammy Sosa tied the club record forextra-base hits as Chicago held off elimination in the division for at leastone more day.
Jon Lieber (19-6) scattered five hits over seven innings at Wrigley Field tobecome only the second Cubs pitcher in nine years to win 19 games. RickyGutierrez, Bill Mueller and Joe Girardi added RBIs for the Cubs, eight gamesbehind Houston in the NL Central.
The Astros' lead in the NL Central fell to three games over St. Louis. TheCubs remained five games behind the Cardinals in the wild card standings.
Cardinals 14, Pirates 3
Edgar Renteria and Miguel Cairo had three RBIs apiece and St. Louis tookadvantage of five errors.
Mark McGwire hit his first Busch Stadium homer since Aug. 1 and Cairodoubled in three straight at-bats as St. Louis won for the 12th time in 14games.
Jason Kendall, the Pirates' regular catcher, made his eighth start in rightfield and made a pair of errors. The Pirates also had throwing errors by secondbaseman Rob Mackowiak, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and reliever Mike Lincoln.
Expos 7, Reds 6
Brian Schneider's two-out, two-run single off Danny Graves (6-5) in theninth dropped Cincinnati to 25-51 at Cinergy Field, tying the 1937 Reds formost home losses in franchise history.
Cincinnati also lost another infielder to a season-ending injury. Firstbaseman Sean Casey tore his right calf while running to first base in thethird.
Rockies 6, Brewers 5
At Denver, Terry Shumpert hit a tying double and Alex Ochoa, pinch hittingfor Jay Powell (5-3), singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninthoff Curtis Leskanic (2-6).
Jeromy Burnitz hit his sixth home run in a four-game span and doubled twice.