SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A smiling Barry Bonds leaned way back in
his clubhouse chair and rested his hands on his head, relaxed and
personable after his latest home run.
The San Francisco slugger returned home and gave his fans
another good show.
"I feel great. I'm having a good time," Bonds said. "I'm
going to enjoy what's left."
Bonds connected for his eighth homer of the season and first
since passing Babe Ruth to move into second place on the career
list May 28 against Colorado. The 41-year-old Bonds is 40 homers
from passing Hank Aaron's record of 755.
No. 716 flashed on the main scoreboard and fans jumped to their
feet, some chanting "Barry! Barry!" Bonds raised his hands when
he crossed home plate, then briefly went into the dugout before
coming to the top of the steps and bringing his hands to his lips
for a kiss and a wave to the crowd of 35,438.
The slugger sent an 0-1 pitch from Brian Moehler (3-5) over the
wall in dead center to give the Giants an 8-1 lead. Moehler became
the 422nd different pitcher to surrender a homer to Bonds, who had
14 at-bats between 715 and 716.
Bonds said he hasn't thought about the number of pitchers to
give up homers to him -- or how some were children when he began
"I'm just happy I've been playing for 20 years," he said.
"There's pitchers I wasn't born yet when they came into the game.
It kind of evens itself out."
The homer was the fifth straight hit in the inning against
Moehler, who was done after Bonds' drive. Niekro had a
bases-clearing triple moments before Bonds came to the plate for
his third plate appearance, then Niekro hit an RBI single in the
eighth. Bonds walked on six pitches in the first, flied out to
right in the third and grounded out to second in the seventh before
giving way to Jason Ellison in left field.
"I didn't feel like we wanted to give him a free pass, even if
he's Barry," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "And he beat us."
This Bonds homer was minus the fanfare and large media herd that
had been chronicling Bonds' pursuit of the Babe.
"I get to come in and put my feet up, watch TV and get ready
the way I want to get ready, talk to the guys," Bonds said. "It's
a lot easier to prepare myself for the game."
Manager Felipe Alou plans to give Bonds the day off for
Wednesday's day game after a night game. Alou hadn't determined the
seven-time NL MVP's schedule for a weekend series against his
former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"A lot of people missed 716," Alou said. "Writers,
microphones, cameras. ... It is a feeling some stuff is behind us.
What's in front of us is we need to win games. We've been in last
place in the division and need to start making a move. Barry is
going to hit his homers to benefit the team."
Winn tripled in the second on a strange play in which right
fielder Cody Ross crashed into the gate where outside fans can see
the game. The gate opened and had to be attended to by the umpire
Josh Willingham homered leading off the fourth for the Marlins,
who were coming off their first ever three-game road sweep of the
Rockies after taking two of three from the Giants last week in
Lowry (2-3) had won only once since coming off the disabled
list, in his return May 8 against the Houston Astros. He had lost
his last three outings, including a 5-3 defeat last Tuesday at
Florida in which the left-hander allowed four runs and four hits.
"Hopefully we can get some momentum going," Lowry said. We're
playing good baseball."
Lowry also had his first hit of the season with a single to
start San Francisco's six-run fifth. After Lowry's single, Winn and
Omar Vizquel followed with hits before Niekro's triple.
Winn, Vizquel and Pedro Feliz each had three hits as the Giants
matched their season high with 18 hits. Lowry allowed one run and
five hits, struck out one and walked one, and Brad Hennessey went
four innings for his first career save.
Moehler, facing the same team in consecutive starts for the 14th
time in his career, allowed eight runs and 10 hits in four innings
and didn't have a strikeout. He had won his previous three
decisions following a four-game losing streak and beat the Giants
The Marlins have given up 26 of Bonds' homers. ... Winn hit
his fourth triple of the year and reached base in his first three
plate appearances. ... Giants' RHP Jamey Wright volunteered to
pitch Wednesday on three days' rest in the series finale. ...
Moehler is 1-3 with an 8.59 ERA in six 2006 road outings. ...
Florida defensive replacement Joe Borchard made his first career
appearance at 1B. ... The Giants optioned INF Kevin Frandsen to
Triple-A Fresno after the game to make room on the roster for
Moises Alou's return from the DL on Tuesday.