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Bonds continues home run barrage

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

SAN DIEGO -- Barry Bonds hit his 37th home run Tuesday night, a shot that the umpires didn't immediately acknowledge, to tie the record for most homers before the All-Star break.

Bonds' shot on a 2-1 pitch from Adam Eaton in the fifth inning matched the mark for homers before the All-Star break set by Reggie Jackson in 1969 and tied by Mark McGwire in 1998.

As the Clarion went to press, the Giants and Padres were tied at 3-3 after 13 innings.

Bonds hit a high, arcing shot to right-center field that hit off the front of an advertising sign that hangs just above and a little behind of the fence, and bounced back onto the field.

Bonds pointed to the sign and motioned with his hand that it should be a home run as he pulled into second base.

After the umpires huddled for a moment near second base, second base ump Paul Emmell motioned that it was a homer. TV replays showed the ball bouncing off the sign.

Bonds, who didn't homer in his previous two games, remains on the quickest home run pace in history, hitting his 37th in 70 games. McGwire hit 37 in 81 games in '98, the year he set the single-season record with 70.

Bonds has homered nine times in 17 games. On Friday night, he homered twice to pass the halfway mark in his bid to break McGwire's record.

It was his 58th homer against the Padres, the most he's had against any team.

Marlins 12, Braves 2

ATLANTA -- Cliff Floyd hit a grand slam and Kevin Millar had three RBIs as the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 12-2 Tuesday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Florida, winning for the 10th time in 13 games, moved into a second-place tie with Atlanta in the NL East -- 3 1/2 games behind of first-place Philadelphia.

The Braves, after going 18-7 from May 15-June 12, have lost five of six.

Chuck Smith (4-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Jason Marquis (1-1) allowed six runs and six hits in five innings in his second major league start.

Mets 4, Expos 1

NEW YORK -- Troy Mattes pitched seven scoreless innings in his major league debut before New York rallied for four runs in the eighth against Montreal's bullpen.

Mattes, called up from Triple-A Ottawa earlier in the day, retired the first 14 batters, and left with a 1-0 lead after allowing just two hits.

But relievers Guillermo Mota (1-1), Graeme Lloyd and Ugueth Urbina -- hurt by three errors in the eighth -- allowed the Mets to come back for their third straight victory.

Rick White (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win, and John Franco worked the ninth for his second save.

Pirates 8, Phillies 5

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Kendall, refusing to sit out even after getting a painkilling shot in his injured thumb, had three hits and drove in three runs as Pittsburgh had a season-high 17 hits against slumping Philadelphia.

Derek Bell added a two-run homer as the Pirates, who have the NL's worst record at 24-43, won their fourth straight and dealt the first-place Phillies their eighth loss in 11 games.

Pirates starter Joe Beimel (3-2), winless in his previous nine starts, got the win despite allowing four runs in five innings.

The Pirates opened a 5-2 lead after three innings against Bruce Chen (2-4).

Brewers 10, Reds 8

CINCINNATI -- Jeromy Burnitz's three-run homer started a barrage off Reds newcomer Jose Acevedo, and Milwaukee deepened Cincinnati's home misery.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first home run of an injury-marred season, a solo shot for the Reds in the sixth inning. The Reds have the majors' worst home record at 7-26 and have lost eight in a row overall, their longest slump in three years.

Jose Hernandez and Richie Sexson also homered off Acevedo, a right-hander fresh from Double-A who made a nightmarish debut.

Ben Sheets (8-4) allowed four runs in seven innings and matched his season high with six strikeouts.

Cardinals 3, Cubs 2

ST. LOUIS -- Fernando Vina's bunt single against Kyle Farnsworth (0-2) snapped a seventh-inning tie as St. Louis beat Chicago for the 13th straight time at home.

Matt Morris (9-4) allowed an unearned run in seven innings and singled in the seventh for the Cardinals, who haven't lost to the Cubs at Busch Stadium since Oct. 2, 1999.

Astros 6, Rockies 4

HOUSTON -- Rookie Roy Oswalt pitched 6 2-3 strong innings before leaving with a bruised right forearm, leading Houston past Colorado.

Oswalt (5-1) allowed three runs and three hits, striking out eight. He left in the seventh after being hit by Ben Petrick's line drive. X-rays were negative.

Billy Wagner, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Lance Berkman drove in two runs and Moises Alou homered off Shawn Chacon (4-4) for the Astros.

Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES -- Luis Gonzalez homered twice and drove in six runs, and Randy Johnson pitched seven strong innings as Arizona beat Los Angeles.

Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Darren Dreifort (4-6), then added a three-run shot against Jesse Orosco in the eighth. He also doubled in a run.

Gonzalez's 30 homers are second in the majors behind Barry Bonds -- who hit his 37th Tuesday -- and just one less than his career high set last season.

Johnson (9-4) won his fourth straight, giving up two runs and six hits. He struck out eight to run his major league-leading total to 167.



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