SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 744th career home run
Saturday, moving within 11 of Hank Aaron's record of 755.
Bonds led off the second inning and sent the first pitch from
Phillies starter Jon Lieber over the fence in center for his 10th
homer of the year. The San Francisco connected for the fifth time
in his career against Lieber.
The 42-year-old Bonds rounded the bases to cheers as "744"
flashed on the scoreboard.
Manager Bruce Bochy waited until Bonds arrived at the ballpark
Saturday morning to write the seven-time NL MVP into the lineup
The solo shot gave Bonds 1,952 career RBIs, moving him past Stan
Musial and into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time RBI
list. In addition, Bonds moved into a tie for third place on
all-time list for runs scored with Aaron and Babe Ruth with 2,174.
Bonds is scheduled to have a break for Sunday night's series
finale, a game on ESPN against Philadelphia.
On Friday night, the Phillies paid twice for walking Bonds -- the
Giants scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings
after walks to the slugger. San Francisco won 6-2.