Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Bonds connects for 735

April 5, 2007


— Barry Bonds took a seat in the dugout after his first home run trot of 2007 and hardly looked winded. His legs feel great, he's completely healthy - and ready to chase Hammerin' Hank.

Bonds moved a step closer to Hank Aaron's home run record Wednesday night, hitting his 735th homer in the first inning of the San Francisco Giants' 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, who got a tiebreaking two-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth.

Bonds sent a 2-2 pitch from right-hander Chris Young into the first row of seats in left-center for a solo shot and a 1-0 Giants lead, pulling the slugger within 21 of passing Aaron's 755.

Bonds also became the San Francisco leader for runs scored at 1,481, passing his godfather, Willie Mays' 1,480.

Braves 3, Phillies 2 (11)

Philadelphia - Scott Thorman's solo homer in the 11th inning led Atlanta over Philadelphia. Brian McCann's two-run homer off closer Tom Gordon tied it at 2 in the ninth. Thorman then connected against Ryan Madson (0-2) with one out in the 11th.

Mets 10, Cardinals 0

St. Louis - John Maine kept St. Louis' bats quiet, and Carlos Beltran homered twice and drove in four runs. Jose Reyes also homered and had three RBIs for the Mets.

Pirates 5, Astros 4

Houston - Jose Bautista drove in three runs to help Pittsburgh erase a two-run deficit. Tom Gorzelanny (1-0) allowed seven hits and three runs with four strikeouts in five innings for the victory.

Nationals 7, Marlins 6

Washington - Dmitri Young's bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth completed a comeback from a five-run deficit as Washington beat Florida. Young hit an arching ball toward the left-field corner, and outfielder Josh Willingham let it drop in, hoping it would land foul. But the ball fell a few inches fair, and Young raised a fist in the air as he ran to first and Kory Casto crossed the plate with the game-ending run.

Dodgers 5, Brewers 4

Milwaukee - Jason Schmidt pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, and the Los Angeles bullpen held on.

Rockies 11, Diamondbacks 4

Denver - Rodrigo Lopez didn't wait long to end his losing streak. Lopez allowed six hits in seven innings for his first win since last Aug. 17, and Matt Holliday backed him with four hits and four RBIs to lead Colorado. Doug Davis (0-1) made his Arizona debut and allowed three first-inning runs - all unearned because of two errors by first baseman Conor Jackson.

Cubs 4, Reds 1

Cincinnati - Ted Lilly pitched seven impressive innings in his Cubs debut. Lilly allowed only three singles and struck out nine.


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