AP Photo/Darren Hauck Barry Bonds throws his bat after being walked Thursday in Milwaukee.
AP Photo/Darren Hauck
The San Francisco slugger remained one shot shy of joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in the 700-homer club Thursday, but did go 3-for-3 with a walk in the Giants' 4-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Rookie Brad Hennessey (2-2) allowed two hits over seven spectacular innings as the Giants increased their lead in the NL wild-card race to one game over the Chicago Cubs, who played at Cincinnati on Thursday night.
Bonds certainly got his chance to reach the milestone in Milwaukee, where Aaron started and ended his career on the way to a record 755 home runs.
Bonds took 21 swings in the three-game sweep during the Giants' only trip to Miller Park this season, going 3-for-9 with four walks one intentional. He hit an RBI double and two singles in the final game.
Now, Bonds and the Giants return home for a nine-games series at SBC Park starting Friday night against the San Diego Padres.
Bonds has hit 78 homers off the Padres, more than any other opponent, including two off right-hander Jake Peavy, whom he'll face first.
Bonds has long saved his most historic homers for home, where they often splash into McCovey Cove in San Francisco Bay.
Marquis Grissom and Pedro Feliz each hit their 20th home runs as the Giants won for the ninth time in 11 games. Victor Santos (10-11) took the loss.
Cubs 5, Reds 4
CINCINNATI Aramis Ramirez homered three times for all of Chicago's runs, and the Cubs kept pace in the playoff race by rallying to beat Cincinnati.
The Cubs opened their final road trip of the regular season four cities, 12 games looking to keep up with San Francisco, which is a half-game ahead for the NL wild card.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer and a solo shot off starter Josh Hancock, then put the Cubs ahead in the seventh with a two-out, two-run drive off Ryan Wagner (3-2) for his second three-homer game of the season. Ramirez also hit three against Philadelphia on July 30.
He had one shot at a record-tying fourth homer, but he lined out to right field in the ninth against Joe Valentine.
Overall, Ramirez was 4-for-5 with a double, tying the club record with 14 total bases.
The Reds pulled ahead 4-3 in the fifth against Kerry Wood (8-7), who won for the first time since Aug. 14.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 5
PHOENIX Danny Bautista hit a run-scoring double in the seventh and scored on Alex Cintron's sacrifice fly, lifting Arizona over Colorado.
Chad Tracy added a two-run homer in the eighth inning to help the Diamondbacks win three straight for the first time since sweeping San Francisco from June 1-3.
Chad Durbin earned the win despite walking three in his only inning of work. With the game tied at 4, Durbin (1-0) walked Todd Helton and Jeromy Burnitz before giving up a two-out RBI single to Garrett Atkins.
Mike Koplove worked a scoreless eighth, and Mike Fetters earned his first save of the season, the 100th of his career.
Scott Dohmann (0-3) took the loss in relief.
Marlins 4, Expos 3
MIAMI Dontrelle Willis won for the first time in five starts, and Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run triple to lead Florida over Montreal.
Jeff Conine drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning single. The Marlins, who trailed 3-0 in the fifth, remained 3 1/2 games behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.
Livan Hernandez (10-14) took the loss despite pitching his major league-leading eighth complete game. He gave up eight hits and five walks, striking out three.
Willis (10-9) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings.
Guillermo Mota worked a scoreless eighth, and Armando Benitez got three outs for his 42nd save in 45 opportunities.
Mets 9, Braves 4
NEW YORK Richard Hidalgo and Todd Zeile hit back-to-back homers in New York's seven-run first inning, leading the Mets over Atlanta.
Mike Cameron had three hits and drove in two runs for the Mets, who took three of five against the Braves. A day after manager Art Howe was fired, effective at the end of the season, New York won its first series since taking two of three in a rain-shortened set at Colorado on Aug. 17-19.
Steve Trachsel (11-13) allowed four runs two earned and eight hits in six-plus innings to win for the first time since beating Houston on Aug. 10.
Jose Capellan (0-1), pitching on three days' rest in place of an injured Mike Hampton, allowed seven runs, six hits and two walks in one inning in his second big league start.
Astros 8, Cardinals 3
ST. LOUIS Jeff Kent had two doubles and four RBIs, and St. Louis committed a season-high four errors to help Houston snap Jason Marquis' 11-game winning streak.
The Astros took two of three from the NL Central leaders, staying two games behind San Francisco in the wild-card race and keeping the Cardinals' magic number for clinching the division at four.
Albert Pujols and John Mabry homered for the Cardinals. Pujols has a career-best 44 home runs one more than last year.
St. Louis had two errors in the third and two more in the fourth, contributing to three unearned runs.
Marquis (14-5) lost for the first time in 18 starts since May 26, giving up seven runs four earned on five hits in six innings.
Chad Harville (2-2) got the win.
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