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Bonds moves one homer from 600

Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' 599th homer wasn't even the most exciting part of a wild victory for the San Francisco Giants.

Bonds moved to the doorstep of the exclusive 600-homer club with an early three-run shot, and the Giants scored three runs in the eighth to beat the Chicago Cubs 11-10 Tuesday night.

Bonds drove in four runs, and his 432-foot drive into right-center field in the third inning moved him within one homer of joining Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays with 600.

Aside from the latest demonstration of Bonds' pure power, however, nothing about the game looked familiar.

After Chicago rallied from two big early deficits to take a late lead, San Francisco won it with an eighth-inning comeback -- and a frantic ninth-inning stand that included the ejection of Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who appeared to threaten plate umpire Justin Klemm with his bat after a called third strike.

The fireworks finally ended when Robb Nen got Joe Girardi to ground into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

Though Nen made it as difficult as possible, he earned his 300th save -- becoming the youngest player to reach the mark at age 32.

Down 9-8, the Giants loaded the bases in the ninth against Kyle Farnsworth (3-4). Jeff Kent hit a hard grounder to Bill Mueller, and as David Bell scored the tying run, Mueller -- the former Giants third baseman -- threw wildly past first baseman Fred McGriff for an error that allowed J.T. Snow and Kenny Lofton to score as well.

Tim Worrell (8-1) worked the eighth for the victory.

Mets 5, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Piazza hit his 327th home run as a catcher, tying Johnny Bench for second-most at the position, and the New York Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night to stop a five-game losing streak.

Pedro Astacio (11-4) pitched a three-hitter for his third complete game in 22 starts this season and the 30th in his career. He struck out a season-high 10 and walked three.

Expos 10, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS -- Masato Yoshii pitched a seven-hitter to win for the first time since April 16, and the top three Montreal hitters began the game 8-for-8 while handing St. Louis its season-worst sixth straight defeat.

Scott Rolen's first home game with the Cardinals was a quiet one after the 35-second standing ovation before his first at-bat. He was 0-for-4 with three groundouts, stranding three runners his first two at-bats, and is 0-for-19 since getting two hits in each of his first two games with St. Louis.

Astros 2, Marlins 0

HOUSTON -- Dave Mlicki won for the first time in eight starts, and Lance Berkman drove in two runs for Houston.

Mlicki (4-7), placed on the disabled list May 26 with a strained muscle in his left rib cage, hadn't won since April 27 in Atlanta. He was making his third start since being activated July 25.

He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing five hits while striking out five and walking four.

Five relievers finished, with Billy Wagner pitching the ninth for his 24th save in 29 chances as the Astros recorded their third straight home shutout.

Rockies 7, Reds 6

DENVER -- Denny Stark continued his mastery of Coors Field as Colorado beat Cincinnati.

In six starts at the hitter-friendly ballpark this season, Stark is 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA. Stark (7-2) gave up his only run on Adam Dunn's homer in the sixth. He allowed just three hits in six innings of work.

Pirates 3, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES -- Josh Fogg pitched into the eighth inning and Pittsburgh got home runs from Adam Hyzdu, Kevin Young and Jason Kendall to beat Los Angeles.

Fogg (11-7) allowed a run and eight hits over 7 1-3 innings in the longest of his 23 career starts, and won consecutive starts for the first time since May 6-11.

Brian Boehringer retired both batters he faced and Mike Williams got three outs for his 33rd save in 35 attempts.

Fogg was locked in a 1-all tie with left-hander Odalis Perez (10-8) when Young drove a 1-1 pitch to left-center for his 14th homer. Young has gone 20-for-50 with six homers against lefties after starting the season 1-for-22.

Braves 4, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX -- Andruw Jones homered with two outs in the 13th inning Tuesday night to give Atlanta a victory over Arizona despite John Smoltz's first blown save since May 29.

Jones hit Mike Koplove's first pitch 414 feet into the second deck just inside the left-field foul pole as the Braves won their seventh straight in the opener of a series matching the NL's top two teams.

Curt Schilling failed for the second time to get his 19th victory, but the Diamondbacks rallied for two runs off Smoltz in the ninth to force extra innings.

Koplove (3-1) retired his first five batters before Jones hit his 24th homer of the season on the first pitch.

Kerry Ligtenberg (3-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory, retiring Craig Counsell on a liner to second with a runner at third to end it.



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