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Bonds picks up where he left off

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- At this rate, Barry Bonds will break his own home-run record this year.

Bonds homered twice and drove in five runs Tuesday to lead the San Francisco Giants to a season-opening 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After hitting 73 homers last year to topple the record set by Mark McGwire in 1998, Bonds hit a two-out, three-run shot off Kevin Brown on his second swing of the season, a drive that capped a five-run second inning.

Bonds had an RBI single off Brown (0-1) in the fourth, then sent a 1-1 pitch from Omar Daal just inside the right-field foul pole in seventh, becoming the 10th player to reach the loge level at Dodger Stadium.

The home runs gave Bonds five on opening day and 569 overall, moving four behind Harmon Killebrew, who ranks sixth on baseball's career list.

Bonds, who came out of the game after hitting his second homer, ended last season by hitting his final three against the Dodgers at Pacific Bell Park including No. 73 off knuckleballer Dennis Springer in the final game.

Livan Hernandez (1-0), making his third straight opening-day start for the Giants, won by allowing two runs and four hits in eight innings.

Diamondbacks 9, Padres 0

PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling picked up where Randy Johnson left off by throwing seven scoreless innings and Damian Miller hit a grand slam as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres.

Schilling, 26-6 last season counting his 4-0 postseason mark, struck out nine, allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter one night. In Monday's opener, Johnson fanned eight and threw a six-hitter in a 2-0 shutout.

Schilling and Johnson were co-MVPs of the World Series.

The Diamondbacks received their World Series rings in a ceremony before the game in front of a sellout crowd 48,042, then made quick work of Brian Tollberg (0-1) and the Padres.

Brewers 9, Astros 3

HOUSTON -- The name Enron was gone from the ballpark. As far as the Houston Astros were concerned, hitting and pitching were missing, too.

Ben Sheets struck out a career-high eight, and Richie Sexson, Tyler Houston and Jose Hernandez drove in two runs each to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a season-opening win over the Houston Astros.

Following the collapse of Enron, the NL Central champions bought back naming rights to their ballpark from the bankrupt energy company. The downtown stadium was known as Enron Field during its first two seasons, but it is Astros Field now -- until the team finalizes a new naming rights deal.

Wade Miller, who won his final seven decisions last season and had been 7-0 against Milwaukee, made his first opening-day start and left in the fifth inning after consecutive homers by Sexson and Geoff Jenkins. Alex Ochoa also homered for the Brewers, in the eighth off Scott Linebrink.



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