ATLANTA (AP) -- In the city where Hammerin' Hank broke the Babe's
record, Barry Bonds showed that he's still got enough power to make
a run at baseball's home run king.
Bonds hit two homers in a game for the first time since 2004 and
saved another one from going out of the park with his glove Tuesday
night, though it wasn't enough to keep the San Francisco Giants
from a 13-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves have reached double figures in three straight
victories, powering their longest home winning streak in more than
Andruw Jones matched Bonds by going deep twice -- and even had
his teammates in stitches when he tripped on his way to first while
watching the second homer. Chipper Jones and Adam LaRoche also
homered for Atlanta, which has scored 36 runs in its last three
"I don't know what it is, but we're having a lot of fun right
now," LaRoche said. "Especially tonight, thanks to Andruw giving
us a good laugh."
Bonds hasn't laughed much over the past few seasons, plagued by
injuries and allegations that his late-career power surge was
fueled by performance-enhancing drugs.
But he put all that aside to hit a pair of long drives over the
center-field wall, giving him 727 homers for his career.
"For all the skeptics who think he's not as dangerous as he
used to be, I think he answered that tonight," Braves manager
Bobby Cox said.
Bonds, who is hitting .255 with 19 homers this season, was
lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth with the Giants trailing
11-4. He had already showered and changed by the time reporters
arrived at the San Francisco clubhouse after the game.
Surrounded by family and friends in the tunnel outside the
clubhouse, he said tersely, "I don't talk in the hallway." He
then hopped in a black SUV and drove away, skipping a ride on the
The Braves, trying to make a run at the NL wild card with
virtually no hope of extending their streak of 14 straight division
titles, have their longest winning streak at Turner Field since a
season-best four in a row from May 15-18.
Atlanta began the night 4˝ games behind Cincinnati in the
wild-card race, the closest the Braves have been in a while.
"It really doesn't feel like we should be here right now,"
LaRoche said. "With some of the bad baseball we've been playing,
we're lucky we're not further back."
Tim Hudson (11-10) got the win despite giving up both of Bonds'
homers. He allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Shea Hillenbrand and Bonds had back-to-back homers in the first
inning, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead. Bonds added a two-run shot in
It was the first time Bonds has homered twice in a game in
exactly two years -- he hit two off Atlanta's Russ Ortiz on Aug. 29,
2004. The 42-year-old slugger has 69 multihomer games in his
career, breaking a tie with Sammy Sosa for second place on the
Only Babe Ruth has more -- 72 games with two or more homers on
the way to 714. His career record was eclipsed by Hank Aaron, who
hit No. 715 for the Braves in 1974 at Atlanta-Fulton County
Stadium, which sat on what is now a parking lot across the street
from Turner Field.
Aaron still lives in Atlanta and holds a ceremonial front-office
job with the Braves, but there was no sign of him at the game.
The Braves surged ahead with four unearned runs in the third,
then chased Jason Schmidt (10-8) with four more runs in the fourth.
Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer -- his third straight game with
a homer -- and Andruw Jones followed with a drive off the left-field
foul pole that finished the Giants' starter.
It was the 55th time that Jones & Jones have gone deep in the
same game. The Braves are 49-6 in those contests.
Andruw Jones added a two-run homer in the eighth, giving him
1,000 RBI in his career. He stumbled on his way to first, pulled
himself up with a smile and finished off his trot around the bases.
"I thought it was going foul, so I kind of stutter-stepped, my
spikes got caught in the grass and I fell down," he said. "It's
not the first time I've fallen."
Schmidt lasted only 3 1-3 innings, his shortest outing since a
three-inning stint at Arizona on May 22, 2002.
The Braves are making a run at their streak of five straight
double-figure games back in mid-July, which tied a major league
record. They would have scored three more if not for Bonds, who
made a sensational catch on Jeff Francoeur's long drive with two
runners on in the second.
The left fielder trotted back slowly to the warning track, timed
his jump perfectly and caught the ball with his glove draped over
the yellow line along the top of the wall.
Otherwise, it was a forgettable game for the Giants' defense,
which committed four errors. Third baseman Pedro Feliz made two,
while right fielder Moises Alou let a single roll all the way to
the wall in the third.
Hillenbrand's two-run double in the ninth gave him four
hits and three RBI. ... The Braves are 29-34 at Turner Field. ...
Andruw Jones had his fourth multihomer game of the season and the
34th of his career.