SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds broke out of a lengthy home run
slump Sunday, hitting his 746th career homer in the sixth inning
against Colorado to pull within nine of Hank Aaron's career record
Bonds hesitated slightly to watch the 2-1 pitch from Taylor
Buchholz sail over the center-field wall for his 12th homer of the
year and first in 15 games since a shot off the Mets' Tom Glavine
on May 8. The two-run shot pulled the Giants within 4-3.
Bonds rounded the bases as "746" flashed on the main
scoreboard and he received a big hug from bat-boy son, Nikolai,
after crossing home. Fans began chanting "Barry! Barry!"
Buchholz became the 439th different pitcher to surrender a home
run to the seven-time NL MVP, who earlier ended an 0-for-17 stretch
with a leadoff single in the fourth.
Bonds went 14 games without a homer or an RBI, the
second-longest RBI drought of his 22-year career. He had gone five
games without a hit.
Bonds, who turns 43 on July 24, went 43 at-bats and 63 plate
appearances without a homer. During that stretch since the homer,
Bonds had drawn 20 walks with seven intentional free passes, struck
out eight times and was batting .140 (6-for-43).