Bonds splashes homer No. 705 as Giants down Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds carefully marked almost every
piece of his equipment with No. 705 and the date, boxed it up and
sealed the top with athletic tape.

His bat and hat, his gloves, his shoes, even his
black-and-orange wristbands -- all of it got authenticated and put
away for safekeeping in one of the slugger's many storage units.

Bonds splashed a home run into McCovey Cove for the first time
this season on Sunday. His 705th career homer led off the eighth
inning, causing a commotion as soon as it reached the water and
kayakers raced to retrieve the ball.

Bonds' homer followed a tiebreaking solo drive by Mike Matheny
in the sixth and Randy Winn's third homer in as many days, leading
the San Francisco Giants past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3.

Matheny's homer off Franquelis Osoria (0-1) helped the Giants
win their third straight after losing the opener and take the
season series from Los Angeles 10-9. San Francisco trails the
first-place Padres by 5˝ games in the NL West, and the Dodgers
dropped 7˝ games back.

"It's nice to win," Bonds said. "I still feel like I'm in the
spring training mode. Sometimes I feel really good. Sometimes I
feel off balance. Those are things you go through in spring
training. I'm trying to put it together in such a short window of

Saving all his stuff from each home run has been Bonds' routine
for years now, since before he hit his 500th homer in 2001.

Bonds said he won't allow himself to think about the 10 home
runs he needs to pass Babe Ruth (714), second in the career list
behind Hank Aaron (755).

"No, no. Right now we're trying to chase a team that's in front
of us," Bonds said. "We've got to catch them."

Bonds worked the count full, then fouled off a pitch before
connecting for his second home run of the season. It was just his
fifth start of the year after recovering from three operations on
his right knee.

Fans jumped to their feet and cheered "Barry! Barry!" and as
soon as the ball traveled over the right-field arcade and into the
water for his 32nd splash hit. After rounding the bases -- with
"705" blaring on the scoreboard -- Bonds pointed to fans behind
the on-deck circle and smiled. Moments later, he came back out of
the dugout and waved and tipped his hat to the sellout crowd of

Hong-Chih Kuo became the 415th pitcher to surrender a home run
to Bonds, who hit No. 704 Friday against Brad Penny.

"He looks old but he's still swinging the bat," said the
Dodgers' Jeff Kent, Bonds' former teammate. "It just looks like
every time he gets up there he's trying to hit a home run."

With Bonds batting cleanup and Moises Alou following in the
fifth hole behind him for the first time all year, injury-prone San
Francisco moved closer to having its projected lineup coming out of
spring training. First baseman J.T. Snow is nursing a pulled

Bonds flied out in the first, hit a sacrifice fly in the third
and singled in the fifth. He concluded his first week back 5-for-16
with two home runs and three RBI. Bonds drove in his 1,845th and
1,846th runs, moving past Carl Yastrzemski and into sole possession
of ninth place on the RBI list.

"Cheater!" one fan hollered during his fifth-inning at-bat.

For the most part, San Francisco's fans have been forgiving and
adoring since his return, seemingly having forgotten the steroids
controversy that surrounds the superstar.

"They can say whatever they want to say," Bonds said. "To me,
anybody who has to go out of their way to say something negative
about somebody else, they're in a lot more pain than I am. I'm not
in that kind of pain. You've got to be miserable to go out of your
way just to be negative about somebody all the time."

Penny said Friday after allowing Bonds' homer off a curveball
that the slugger hasn't yet shown he can hit a fastball -- and again
the Dodgers went after him. Penny called the home run pitch he
threw "stupid."

"I think I've hit a couple off him. He's thrown more than one
stupid pitch to me," said Bonds, who prepared for the game by
resting with his eyes closed in his fully reclined massaging
leather chair.

The warm weather helped keep him from getting stiff as he did
other times during his first week.

Alou, who admitted to being nervous about finally playing with
Bonds, doubled in his first at-bat after missing six games with a
strained left groin. Armando Benitez finished for his 16th save.

Winn hit a two-run homer into the right-field arcade seats in
the third for his career-high 17th of the season, his 11th since
joining the Giants in a July 30 trade with Seattle.

Oscar Robles hit a two-out homer in the third for the Dodgers
and Jose Cruz Jr. sent a solo shot over the leaping Bonds in left
in the fourth against Noah Lowry, who allowed five runs and two
hits in five innings.

"I went to jump and the wall hit me in the shoulder," Bonds
said. "I was like, 'Wow, that hurt.' Then I was thinking, 'What am
I doing? I've got to come back down on this leg. That's stupid.' "

Game notes
The mother of Laci Peterson, Sharon Rocha, threw out the
ceremonial first pitch as the Giants held a "Resolve to stop the
violence" ceremony before the game. A photo was shown on the big
screen of Laci, whose husband Scott was sentenced to death for
killing her and the couple's unborn child.