SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds outdid his godfather and he has just two more baseball giants to chase.
Bonds hit his 661st homer Tuesday night, passing Willie Mays to take sole possession of third place on the career list in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 victory over Milwaukee.
In the seventh inning, Bonds hit a 1-2 pitch from right-hander Ben Ford over the right-field arcade and into McCovey Cove, reaching the water for the second straight day. The San Francisco slugger hit his 660th on Monday to nearly the same spot.
Only Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron still loom above Bonds (755). Bonds, who will turn 40 in July, hit 213 homers in the previous four seasons, including a major league-record 73 in 2001.
Marquis Grissom hit two homers for the Giants in their third straight victory. Dustin Hermanson (1-0) held the Brewers to three hits and one run while pitching into the sixth inning.
Chris Capuano (1-1) was the loser.
Astros 5, Cardinals 3
ST. LOUIS Roger Clemens allowed just two hits and extended his scoreless streak to 13 2-3 innings before giving up a run in the seventh in Houston's victory over St. Louis.
Clemens (2-0) struck out three, walked three and hit a batter in 6 2-3 innings. Last week in his Houston debut, he allowed one hit in seven shutout innings against San Francisco.
With his 312th victory, Clemens moved past Tom Seaver for 16th place on the career list.
Adam Everett and Lance Berkman hit solo homers for Houston, and Jeff Kent doubled in two runs.
Octavio Dotel gave up back-to-back homers to Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen to lead off the ninth, but got the final four outs for his first save of the season.
Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan dropped to 0-2.
Marlins 5, Expos 0
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Miguel Cabrera hit two more home runs and Brad Penny allowed only two hits for Florida.
Cabrera has four home runs in his last nine at-bats and five this season. The 20-year-old slugger hit solo homers in the first and sixth innings, and had an RBI single in the third. He finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk.
Penny (1-1) pitched eight innings, striking out 10 and walking one.
Padres 8, Dodgers 3
SAN DIEGO Adam Eaton allowed two runs in seven innings, and the Padres had a six-run fourth inning. Eaton (1-0) allowed six hits, struck out six and didn't walk a batter. Ramon Hernandez had a two-run single in the sixth-run fourth against Jeff Weaver (0-1).
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