Bonds closing in on godfather's total


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds walked into the concourse at
Pacific Bell Park on his way out for the night to roaring cheers of
"Two more! Two more!"

The San Francisco slugger hit his 658th home run and the Giants
clobbered the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-1 Friday night. After sitting
in a clubhouse office talking with Willie Mays before the game,
Bonds moved within two homers of tying his godfather for third on
the career list.

Bonds has said he doesn't want to talk about the mark until he
reaches it.

"Three more games, then playoffs," he said.

He sent a 1-0 pitch from Kazuhisa Ishii an estimated 392 feet
into the seats in right-center for his 45th homer of the season,
matching Philadelphia's Jim Thome and Milwaukee's Richie Sexson for
the NL lead.

Bonds also singled twice and received a standing ovation when he
was replaced by pinch-runner Todd Linden in the sixth. Bonds waved
to the crowd before disappearing into the dugout.

Rich Aurilia hit a three-run homer, and Ray Durham added a
three-run triple off the top of the wall for the Giants. He also
hit two doubles.

"The regulars were really rested and we saw some pretty good
swings," manager Felipe Alou said. "Most guys had two days off."

The NL West champions will play Florida, the wild-card winner,
in the first round of the playoffs. The best-of-five series begins
Tuesday in San Francisco with Jason Schmidt on the mound for the

Kirk Rueter (10-5) got all the offense he needed early to win
his third straight decision. The left-hander retired the first 10
Los Angeles hitters, giving up a one-out single to Jolbert Cabrera
in the fourth.

Rueter became the first Giants left-hander to win at least 10
games in seven consecutive seasons since Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell
did it 15 straight years from 1928-42. Rueter allowed one run on
three hits, striking out one and walking none.

The Giants lead the season series 11-5, including 6-1 at Pacific
Bell Park. The teams play a day-night doubleheader Saturday and
finish the season Sunday. Bonds is scheduled to play the first game
Saturday and again Sunday.

Ishii got into trouble right away. Durham hit a leadoff double
and Marquis Grissom walked. Both advanced on a balk and Aurilia
connected for his 13th homer of the season for a 3-0 lead. Durham
tripled in the third to make 6-0. Grissom added a two-run single in
the fifth.

Ishii (9-7) was tagged for seven runs on eight hits and is 0-4
in his last eight starts. He hasn't won since July 18 against St.

Ishii became the 388th pitcher to give up a homer to Bonds.

"I think anyone would have hit a homer if I threw it down the
middle of the plate like that," he said.

In the third, the Giants' Edgardo Alfonzo hit a high fly to
right-center and center fielder Dave Roberts and right fielder
Shawn Green both charged to the ball. Roberts thought Green was
going to catch it and bent over with his hands on his knees to try
to stay out of the way. The ball dropped to the ground just behind
him for a single.

"It wasn't a good night for us, we made some mistakes and it
didn't turn out well," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "We
created some opportunities for them with mistakes and walks. Ishii
has been having some command problems and tonight was no

The Giants' win gave them a San Francisco-record 14{-game lead
over second-place Los Angeles, the franchise's largest advantage
since the New York Giants held the same lead over the Cubs and
Pirates 86 years ago, on July, 9, 1912. Those Giants led both clubs
by 15 games on July 9 and 15{ games on July 6.

Game notes
Grissom was named the "Willie Mac" award winner for the
Giants' most inspirational player as picked by his teammates. It is
named after Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. "I never considered
myself a leader," the 36-year-old Grissom said. "That's just my
style of play." ... A grease fire caused a popcorn machine to blow
up between the third and fourth innings, but nobody was hurt. Smoke
could be seen over fans along the first-base line. ... On Bonds'
homer, fan Craig Dooley won $32,000 in a Giants' awards club