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Series: Game 1 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 6/12)

Game 1: Friday, June 11
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Game 1: Saturday, June 12
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Game 2: Saturday, June 12
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Game 3: Sunday, June 13
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Giants 9

(31-30, 16-16 away)

Orioles 6

(26-30, 14-17 home)

    3:15 PM ET, June 12, 2004

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: M. Herges (2-2)

    L: J. Julio (1-2)

    Two 500-HR homers: First time since '71

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles dared Barry Bonds to beat them, and he did just that.

    Bonds hit his 675th homer and capped a four-run 11th inning with an RBI single, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 9-6 victory Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

    Rafael Palmeiro

    Melvin Mora, left, congratulates Rafael Paleiro in the fourth. The shot tied Mickey Mantle for 11th on the all-time list.

    Bonds' performance ruined a milestone afternoon by Rafael Palmeiro, who hit two homers to move past Mickey Mantle into 11th place on the career list.

    "I was a fan of Mickey Mantle. When I grew up, all my dad talked about was Mickey," Palmeiro said. "To me, he was the guy. To tie and pass him in the same game, I never thought that would happen to me."

    It was only the third time in baseball history that two players with 500 homers connected in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did it in 1970, and Mays and Aaron both homered on May 8, 1971.

    Bonds came in with a major league-leading 82 walks in 50 games, but the Orioles chose to pitch to him. He went 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored.

    Bonds extended his run of plate appearances to 11, his longest run of the season. He didn't speak after the game, choosing instead to study film of second-game starter Erik Bedard.

    "He's a pretty good player," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said of Bonds. "But he can't hit a home run every time up. Then again, maybe he can."

    Bonds' solo homer off Rodrigo Lopez in the third left him 39 short of second-place Babe Ruth and 80 behind career leader Hank Aaron.

    Palmeiro has 537 homers, one more than Mantle. His second homer, a solo shot off Scott Eyre that traveled an estimated 434 feet to dead center, tied it at 5 in the eighth.

    Palmeiro came in with a season-long 11-game homerless drought and had only one in his previous 22 games.

    A.J. Pierzynski led off the 11th with his fourth homer, a drive to right-center against Jorge Julio (1-2), who allowed only one homer in 22 innings this season. Deivi Cruz added a two-run single, and Bonds chased Julio with a single to left, foiling a shift to the right side by the Baltimore infield.

    Matt Herges (2-2), who worked the final three innings and gave up a sacrifice fly to Brian Roberts in the 11th, began his stint by getting out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the ninth.

    "We had that game won in the ninth," Palmeiro said. "After we loaded the bases, I'd have bet anything we'd score a run there."

    Herges retired Melvin Mora on a short fly to right, then got Miguel Tejada to hit into a 1-2-3 double play.

    The Giants saw that as the key to their 16th win in 23 games.

    "Herges deserves that win," Pierzynski said. "He gets all the credit. Without him getting out of that ninth inning, I never would have gotten the opportunity to hit my home run."

    Herges added: "I don't know if I've ever been so fortunate."

    With Bonds serving as the main attraction, the game drew 48,869 fans -- the largest crowd of the season and sixth-largest in the 13-year history of Camden Yards. Five of the ballpark's six biggest crowds were for interleague games.

    The Giants took a 5-4 lead with a four-run seventh. After Bonds hit a one-out single and Edgardo Alfonzo homered to left, Lopez was lifted after walking Pierzynski.

    Rick Bauer walked Pedro Felix before Damon Minor singled in a run and Neifi Perez hit a run-scoring grounder.

    Bonds put the Giants up 1-0 in the third with his 17th homer, an opposite-field drive to left. It was his 499th homer with the Giants and his first at Camden Yards, the 32nd ballpark in which he has homered.

    Baltimore answered with three runs in the bottom half against Dustin Hermanson. After Tejada drove in a run with a groundout, Palmeiro homered with a man on.

    Larry Bigbie made it 4-1 in the fourth with his seventh homer, the first since May 18.

    Game notes


    Lopez became the 400th pitcher Bonds has homered against. ... It was Palmeiro's 33rd career two-homer game. He has 38 interleague homers, the most in baseball history. ... Giants DH Dustan Mohr went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.

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