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Bonds closes on all-time homer record

Posted: Monday, August 05, 2002

PITTSBURGH -- Barry Bonds hit his 598th career homer, one of six San Francisco home runs, and J.T. Snow had a three-run shot and five RBIs as the Giants roughed up the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-5 Sunday.

Bonds went 3-for-4 and scored three times while homering for the second game in a row. His 31st home run of the season led off the ninth inning and left him two away from joining Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays as the only players with 600 homers.

Snow, productive in the second half since getting over some nagging injuries, hit a two-run double in the second against Kris Benson (4-6), then followed with a three-run homer during a five-run sixth.

Cubs 4, Rockies 1

CHICAGO -- Mark Prior struck out 13 in his first career complete game, pitching a five-hitter to lead Chicago past Colorado.

Prior (5-3), in his 14th career start, took a shutout into the eighth inning. The 21-year-old right-hander walked two and finished the game by striking out Jack Cust for the third time on his 136th pitch of the game.

Diamondbacks 12, Mets 7

NEW YORK -- Luis Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning off Mark Guthrie (5-1) to lift Arizona over New York.

Arizona won for the 11th time in 13 games and remained a season-high six games ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West.

Ty Wigginton, recalled from the minors earlier in the day to replace an ailing Roberto Alomar at second base, hit a three-run shot for New York -- his first career home run. He added a double and finished 4-for-5 for the Mets, who have dropped four straight to fall into fifth place in the wild card race.

Astros 5, Expos 4

MONTREAL -- Kirk Saarloos won his fourth straight start and got his first career RBIs with a two-run double to lead Houston over Montreal before a crowd of 20,027 for a Gary Carter bobblehead promotion.

Saarloos (4-2), the NL Rookie of the Month for July, hit one of Houston's four doubles off Javier Vazquez (8-7) with runners at first and second and two outs in the second.

Saarloos allowed four hits through five before allowing three straight hits with one out in the sixth, leaving after Jose Vidro's RBI single made it 5-1. Billy Wagner earned his 23rd save.

Dodgers 4, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Omar Daal homered and pitched 6 1-3 effective innings against his former team as Los Angeles beat Philadelphia.

Adrian Beltre added a two-run homer for the Dodgers against Brett Myers (1-2).

Daal (9-6), Philadelphia's opening day starter last year before being traded to the Dodgers in the offseason, hit a solo shot in the third inning. It was his second career homer.

Marlins 7, Brewers 2

MIAMI -- Kevin Millar led Florida's home run attack and Michael Tejera (7-4) pitched seven shutout innings against Milwaukee.

Mike Lowell and Derrek Lee hit consecutive homers for the Marlins, who won for the fourth time in five games and climbed within one victory of .500.

Millar homered for the second straight game and added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-3 and two RBIs.

Ruben Quevedo (6-9) lost for the third time in his last four starts.

Reds 15, Padres 10

SAN DIEGO -- Russell Branyan homered three times and scored the go-ahead run on Brandon Larson's ninth-inning single off Trevor Hoffman as Cincinnati beat San Diego.

Branyan hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo home run in the fourth off Padres starter Bobby J. Jones. Branyan then hit a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Mike Holtz as the Reds overcame a five-run deficit to tie the game at 10.

Braves 2, Cardinals 1

ATLANTA -- Damian Moss allowed just one hit in eight innings, and Gary Sheffield hit a game-winning homer in the ninth to give Atlanta a three-game sweep over St. Louis.

The Braves scored the tying run in the eighth and Sheffield gave Atlanta its sixth straight victory, hitting a 397-foot shot into the left-field stands to lead off the ninth against Dave Veres (4-7).

The Cardinals suffered their first three-game sweep of the season in a matchup of NL division leaders. Overall, they have lost five in a row.

John Smoltz (2-2) got the win with a scoreless ninth, but Moss did most of the work with adominating performance.

In his last three starts, the Australian rookie has given up four hits in 22 innings. Mike Matheny had the lone hit for the Cardinals, a third-inning single that led to an unearned run.

AP Photo/Gene J.Puskar

San Franciso Giants Barry Bonds cools off in the dugout during Sunday's 10-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh.

HEAD:Bonds closes on all-time homer record

BYLINE1:By The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Barry Bonds hit his 598th career homer, one of six San Francisco home runs, and J.T. Snow had a three-run shot and five RBIs as the Giants roughed up the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-5 Sunday.

Bonds went 3-for-4 and scored three times while homering for the second game in a row. His 31st home run of the season led off the ninth inning and left him two away from joining Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays as the only players with 600 homers.

Snow, productive in the second half since getting over some nagging injuries, hit a two-run double in the second against Kris Benson (4-6), then followed with a three-run homer during a five-run sixth.

Cubs 4, Rockies 1

CHICAGO -- Mark Prior struck out 13 in his first career complete game, pitching a five-hitter to lead Chicago past Colorado.

Prior (5-3), in his 14th career start, took a shutout into the eighth inning. The 21-year-old right-hander walked two and finished the game by striking out Jack Cust for the third time on his 136th pitch of the game.

Diamondbacks 12, Mets 7

NEW YORK -- Luis Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning off Mark Guthrie (5-1) to lift Arizona over New York.

Arizona won for the 11th time in 13 games and remained a season-high six games ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West.

Ty Wigginton, recalled from the minors earlier in the day to replace an ailing Roberto Alomar at second base, hit a three-run shot for New York -- his first career home run. He added a double and finished 4-for-5 for the Mets, who have dropped four straight to fall into fifth place in the wild card race.

Astros 5, Expos 4

MONTREAL -- Kirk Saarloos won his fourth straight start and got his first career RBIs with a two-run double to lead Houston over Montreal before a crowd of 20,027 for a Gary Carter bobblehead promotion.

Saarloos (4-2), the NL Rookie of the Month for July, hit one of Houston's four doubles off Javier Vazquez (8-7) with runners at first and second and two outs in the second.

Saarloos allowed four hits through five before allowing three straight hits with one out in the sixth, leaving after Jose Vidro's RBI single made it 5-1. Billy Wagner earned his 23rd save.

Dodgers 4, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Omar Daal homered and pitched 6 1-3 effective innings against his former team as Los Angeles beat Philadelphia.

Adrian Beltre added a two-run homer for the Dodgers against Brett Myers (1-2).

Daal (9-6), Philadelphia's opening day starter last year before being traded to the Dodgers in the offseason, hit a solo shot in the third inning. It was his second career homer.

Marlins 7, Brewers 2

MIAMI -- Kevin Millar led Florida's home run attack and Michael Tejera (7-4) pitched seven shutout innings against Milwaukee.

Mike Lowell and Derrek Lee hit consecutive homers for the Marlins, who won for the fourth time in five games and climbed within one victory of .500.

Millar homered for the second straight game and added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-3 and two RBIs.

Ruben Quevedo (6-9) lost for the third time in his last four starts.

Reds 15, Padres 10

SAN DIEGO -- Russell Branyan homered three times and scored the go-ahead run on Brandon Larson's ninth-inning single off Trevor Hoffman as Cincinnati beat San Diego.

Branyan hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo home run in the fourth off Padres starter Bobby J. Jones. Branyan then hit a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Mike Holtz as the Reds overcame a five-run deficit to tie the game at 10.

Braves 2, Cardinals 1

ATLANTA -- Damian Moss allowed just one hit in eight innings, and Gary Sheffield hit a game-winning homer in the ninth to give Atlanta a three-game sweep over St. Louis.

The Braves scored the tying run in the eighth and Sheffield gave Atlanta its sixth straight victory, hitting a 397-foot shot into the left-field stands to lead off the ninth against Dave Veres (4-7).

The Cardinals suffered their first three-game sweep of the season in a matchup of NL division leaders. Overall, they have lost five in a row.

John Smoltz (2-2) got the win with a scoreless ninth, but Moss did most of the work with adominating performance.

In his last three starts, the Australian rookie has given up four hits in 22 innings. Mike Matheny had the lone hit for the Cardinals, a third-inning single that led to an unearned run.



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