"I could see it in his face," Bonds said. "Like, 'I'm tired
of this too. You might miss it."
Bonds certainly didn't, hitting a 460-foot shot off the bottom
of the center-field scoreboard for his 699th home run. The
ninth-inning drive Sunday helped the San Francisco Giants regain
the NL wild-card lead with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bonds walked his first two times up, increasing his record total
to 203, then took a called third strike and grounded out to
overshifted second baseman Scott Hairston in short right field.
With the count 3-1, Bonds finally got a pitch he liked and
connected for his 41st homer of the season, the 100th September
homer of his career.
"If you don't start your car eventually, the battery goes
dead," Bonds said. "I'm sitting over there just rooting for
everybody and, hopefully, we're staying in this thing, but my car's
got to start, too, once in a while."
Bonds motioned to the sky in his usual salute to his late father
as he crossed home plate but did not acknowledge the crowd. Fans
booed loudly Saturday night, when Bonds was walked three times.
"People living in a capitalistic country like this, they want
their money's worth," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I believe
they came to see that guy swing a bat."
Bonds is third on the career list behind Hank Aaron (755) and
Babe Ruth (714). After an off-day Monday, the Giants play at
Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Koplove, the 414th pitcher to allow a home run to Bonds, didn't
want to work around him.
"It's always fun to go out there and try to get him out,"
Koplove said. "I'm not the first guy. It's a long list."
San Francisco (79-65) won for the sixth time in eight games and
are one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs (76-64), who lost to Florida
11-1, and Houston (78-66), which rallied to beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in
Jason Schmidt (16-6) pitched a four-hitter, struck out nine and
walked two in his fourth complete game of the season, retiring 21
consecutive batters in one stretch. Schmidt, who had been 0-2 in
four starts since beating Pittsburgh on Aug. 12, has won six
straight decisions against the Diamondbacks.
Arizona (43-100) became the first major league team to lose 100
times this season, extending the team record for defeats.
Webb, who got out of bases-loaded jams in the first and third,
allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. He walked five,
increasing his major league-leading total to 109.
"I just think he picked up the intensity and picked up his
mental approach, and he was lights out," Pierzynski said. "He's
been struggling with the groin, and I think he finally said, 'You
know what? I've got to get over this,' and he did that."
Pierzynski homered in the fourth and Snow in the fifth to tie
"He got a little frustrated when he gave up the home run to
Snow," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said of Webb. "We thought it
was a good pitch -- it was down -- but Snow, that's where he likes
Snow also opened the eighth with a single off Randy Choate
(1-3). After Koplove relieved, Marquis Grissom sacrificed,
Pierzynski was intentionally walked and Cruz hit a grounder that
deflected off the pitcher's glove and into short left field as
pinch-runner Jason Ellison scored from second.
Pierzynski leads NL catchers with 72 RBI. ... The Giants
are 65-41 when Bonds has been walked and have scored 182 runs in
the innings when the walks occurred. ... Before this year,
Arizona's high for losses had been 97 in 1998, the Diamondbacks'