Bonds hits No. 751 in the city of homers

From the Associated Press

In the city where Hank Aaron caught Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds came out hammering.

Swinging at the first three pitches he saw, Bonds connected on his third try for homer No. 751 on Tuesday night. He is now four shy of Aaron’s record after the San Francisco Giants’ 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

“He’s a guy that people were saying: ‘Is Father Time catching up with him?’ ” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said.

Instead, Bonds got closer to catching Aaron in the city where Aaron hit No. 714, tying Ruth’s previous mark.


“I’m playing pretty good for an old guy,” the 42-year-old Bonds said. “I just wish we were playing better as a team.”

So do the Reds, who have the major leagues’ worst record (32-51) and its newest manager.

Brandon Phillips’ grand slam gave Pete Mackanin a victory in his debut as Cincinnati’s interim manager. Mackanin was promoted from advance scout after Jerry Narron was fired Sunday night.