Bonds' 587th passes F. Robinson

The Associated Press

Everybody was awestruck with Barry Bonds' grand slam off Qualcomm Stadium'sbig scoreboard, except the slugger himself.

Bonds' homer, estimated at 482 feet, gave him sole possession of fourthplace on the career home run list with 587, as he passed Frank Robinson andled the visiting San Francisco Giants to a 12-2 win over the San Diego Padresyesterday.

The high-arching homer in the third inning, his 20th of the season, tyinghim with Sammy Sosa for the league lead, hit the bottom left side of thescoreboard 29 rows beyond the right-field wall.

Manager Dusty Baker called it both "monumental" and "a monster." Hittingcoach Gene Clines compared it with some of the eye-popping shots he sawteammate Willie Stargell hit with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bonds' reaction?

"It just has to go over the fence. That's all that matters," Bonds said.

It went over the fence, all right. With the exception of Clines, nobody inthe Giants' clubhouse could recall ever seeing a longer homer.

"He killed that ball," Clines said, who scoffed at the estimate of 482feet.

Bonds was unimpressed with the distance, although he said he was told heonce hit one farther off Robb Nen, the Giants' closer who once pitched forFlorida.

"I marvel at wins," Bonds said. "Mark McGwire is the only one who ever putme in awe, as far as he hit the ball. He hit balls a lot farther than I do.[Willie] McCovey did it, too, when I was a little kid."

Next on the homer list is Bonds' godfather, Willie Mays, who is third with660.

Braves 6, Mets 4: Henry Blanco hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighthinning and streaking Atlanta extended its lead in the NL East with a victoryover New York.

The Mets tied it at 4 in the top half of the eighth, then Scott Stricklandretired the first two hitters in the bottom half.

Keith Lockhart singled and Blanco hit the next pitch, a low fastball, overthe 400-foot sign in straightaway center for his second homer of the season.

Marlins 2, Phillies 1: Luis Castillo went 4-for-5 with a home run to extendhis hitting streak to a team-record 23 games, and A.J. Burnett pitched asix-hitter as visiting Florida beat Philadelphia.

Rockies 8, Dodgers 6: Benny Agbayani came off the disabled list and hit agrand slam, and Jason Jennings won his sixth straight decision as hostColorado beat Los Angeles.

Expos 3, Pirates 1: Javier Vazquez pitched a three-hitter and struck out10, leading host Montreal over Pittsburgh.

Cubs 5, Brewers 1: Moises Alou doubled home the tying run with two outs inthe ninth inning, and Bill Mueller hit a two-run double in the top of the 10thas visiting Chicago avoided a three-game sweep.

Copyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times
EDITION: California | U.S. & World