Peavy passes Barry test

Updated: April 22, 2004, 12:54 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds failed to homer in his eighth straight game Wednesday night, leaving him one shy of matching the major league mark.

He struck out and was walked twice on four pitches, leaving him one short of the record for consecutive games with a home run shared by Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993).

He was replaced in left field by Dustan Mohr in the eighth.

Bonds' next homer, No. 668, will be the 1,000th for the Bonds family. His late father, Bobby, hit 332 home runs and stole 461 bases in a 14-year career with the Giants, New York Yankees, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Texas, Cleveland, St. Louis and the Cubs.

The next highest father-son total is 636 by Ken Griffey Sr. (152) and Ken Griffey Jr. (484).

Jake Peavy struck out Bonds looking with a 2-2 pitch on the inside corner in the second inning. Bonds didn't swing once. His only swing Tuesday night had gone for a home run. The slugger walked in the fourth and sixth innings.

Bonds, who turns 40 in July, had homered in the previous seven games in which he had an at-bat. He was walked intentionally as a pinch-hitter April 14, which does not stop the streak under baseball's rules.

He hit eight homers during the seven-game stretch, an NL record for the most in seven games. Mattingly holds the major league record with nine in seven games during his streak.

Bonds homered in six straight games twice during the 2001 season when he set the season record of 73 homers. He did it from April 12-18 and again from May 17-22.


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