Bonds clubs No. 724, now 31 shy of tying Aaron

Updated: August 17, 2006, 2:36 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Barry Bonds hit his 724th career home run Wednesday night, a solo shot leading off the second inning against San Diego's Chan Ho Park.

Bonds is now 31 shy of tying home run king Hank Aaron's record of 755. Bonds has 16 homers this season for the San Francisco Giants.

Park has allowed eight career homers to Bonds, tying him for the most with Greg Maddux, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling and John Smoltz.

The 42-year-old Bonds hadn't homered since Aug. 4 against Colorado. He left Wednesday's game after he batted in the sixth due to an irritated left elbow.

The Giants beat the Padres 7-5 in 13 innings.

The homer gave Bonds 1,903 RBI, tying him for eighth on the career list.

It was Bonds' 84th homer and 208th RBI against San Diego, his most against any opponent.

His 44 homers in San Diego are his most in road city. It was his fifth in three seasons at Petco Park.

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