Bonds connects for No. 655

Updated: September 16, 2003, 12:36 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Watch out, Hammerin' Hank -- Barry Bonds is just 100 homers away.

Barry Bonds hit his 655th career home run Monday night, connecting in the first inning of the San Francisco Giants' game against the San Diego Padres.

Hank Aaron leads the all-time list with 755, followed by Babe Ruth at 714. Bonds is now five homers shy of tying his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place at 660.

Bonds hit a solo shot off Brian Lawrence for his 42nd homer of the season. Bonds is tied with St. Louis' Albert Pujols for most in the NL, one behind major league leader Alex Rodriguez of Texas.

J.T. Snow homered two batters before Bonds connected at Pacific Bell Park.

Bonds popped up and flied out in his next two at-bats.

In the sixth, Bonds reached a milestone for walks when he was intentionally sent to first by Brandon Villafuerte. Bonds has 2,063 walks, moving him into sole possession of second place on the career list behind Rickey Henderson with 2,190. Bonds entered tied for second with Ruth.

Of Bonds' walks, 481 have been intentional.


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