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Bonds Homers Twice as Giants Romp, 10-3

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From Associated Press

If Barry Bonds is swinging a hot bat, he hasn’t noticed.

Everyone else has, though. Bonds hit two home runs Friday night to continue his scorching pace in August as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-3.

Bonds sat out 47 games this season after surgery on his left elbow. The joint still causes him pain and must be heavily wrapped every night, but it hasn’t stopped him from homering in four of his last five games.

“I don’t know what hot is,” Bonds said. “I’ve been around too long to worry about hot and cold.”

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Bonds went four for five, matching his career high for hits for the 21st time. He has nine homers and 22 RBIs in his last 24 games.

“This is the time of year he usually goes to work,” Giant Manager Dusty Baker said. “I’m just hoping the pain in his arm can subside and he can play every day.”

Ramon Martinez, Bonds and Ellis Burks hit consecutive home runs during the Giants’ five-run fourth inning. Burks’ blast gave the Giants an 8-0 lead and allowed them to coast to their third win in four games.

The Giants, trying to get back in the National League West race after a prolonged slump, won consecutive games for the first time since July 26-27.

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