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Bonds' 587th passes F. Robinson
Everybody was awestruck with Barry Bonds' grand slam off Qualcomm Stadium's big scoreboard, except the slugger himself.
Bonds' homer, estimated at 482 feet, gave him sole possession of fourth place on the career home run list with 587, as he passed Frank Robinson and led the visiting San Francisco Giants to a 12-2 win over the San Diego Padres yesterday.
The high-arching homer in the third inning, his 20th of the season, tying him with Sammy Sosa for the league lead, hit the bottom left side of the scoreboard 29 rows beyond the right-field wall.
Manager Dusty Baker called it both "monumental" and "a monster." Hitting coach Gene Clines compared it with some of the eye-popping shots he saw teammate Willie Stargell hit with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"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 in the Giants' clubhouse could recall ever seeing a longer homer.
"He killed that ball," Clines said, who scoffed at the estimate of 482 feet.
Bonds was unimpressed with the distance, although he said he was told he once hit one farther off Robb Nen, the Giants' closer who once pitched for Florida.
"I marvel at wins," Bonds said. "Mark McGwire is the only one who ever put me 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 with 660.
Braves 6, Mets 4: Henry Blanco hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and streaking Atlanta extended its lead in the NL East with a victory over New York.
The Mets tied it at 4 in the top half of the eighth, then Scott Strickland retired the first two hitters in the bottom half.
Keith Lockhart singled and Blanco hit the next pitch, a low fastball, over the 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 extend his hitting streak to a team-record 23 games, and A.J. Burnett pitched a six-hitter as visiting Florida beat Philadelphia.
Rockies 8, Dodgers 6: Benny Agbayani came off the disabled list and hit a grand slam, and Jason Jennings won his sixth straight decision as host Colorado beat Los Angeles.
Expos 3, Pirates 1: Javier Vazquez pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10, leading host Montreal over Pittsburgh.
Cubs 5, Brewers 1: Moises Alou doubled home the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Bill Mueller hit a two-run double in the top of the 10th as visiting Chicago avoided a three-game sweep.