Bonds homers in sixth straight game


NEW YORK, AP

A day after launching his 500th home run, Barry Bonds hit another high-water mark. Bonds homered for the sixth straight game, splashing another shot into McCovey Cove to give the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. Bonds became the first NL player to connect in six consecutive games since Graig Nettles did it in 1984 for San Diego. The major league mark of eight is shared by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long. “I’m very tired,” Bonds said. “It was hard to get into it today. It seems like I’m either hitting a home run or making an out.” Bonds’ solo homer broke a seventh inning tie and gave the Giants a 5-0 mark at Pacific Bell Park. It’s their best start at home since they won their first five at Candlestick Park in 1973. Bonds’ home run landed about four feet from where his historic No. 500 plopped into San Francisco Bay. It marked the eighth time he’d hit a ball into the water beyond the right-field wall. The Dodgers have played six straight games decided by one run, and won only two of them. The Dodgers took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. But after Chan Ho Park struck out the first two batters, Marvin Benard doubled. Rich Aurilia and Bonds homered on consecutive pitches. Rockies 8, Padres 0 Mike Hampton pitched eight scoreless innings and Colorado won its fourth straight game. Hampton gave up four hits, struck out six and retired 13 consecutive batters in the early innings. The visiting Rockies scored five times in the third inning, keyed by Jeff Cirillo’s two-run homer. Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 1 Bobby Bonilla filled in nicely for Mark McGwire, hitting a home run and an RBI double as St. Louis averted a three-game sweep at Busch Stadium. McGwire was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game because of soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. Bonilla’s homer helped the Cardinals beat Arizona ace Randy Johnson for the second time this season. Brewers 7, Reds 4 Milwaukee won on the road for the first time this season as Jose Hernandez hit a three-run homer. The Brewers had been 0-5 away from Miller Park. They ended Cincinnati’s five-game winning streak. Pirates 8, Astros 4 John Vander Wal went 4-for-4 with a home run as Pittsburgh ruined Shane Reynolds’ return. Reynolds pitched his first game since his 2000 season ended early because of degenerative disks in his lower back. He also had offseason knee surgery. Cubs 4, Phillies 3 Cubs 5, Phillies 3 Kevin Tapani and Jason Bere became the NL’s first three-game winners as Chicago swept Philadelphia at Wrigley Field. Jeff Fassero saved both games in the Cubs’ first doubleheader sweep since they did it against Colorado at July 19, 1997. Braves 1, Marlins 0 Tom Glavine teamed with two relievers on a three-hitter as Atlanta won at home. The Braves scored the only run on Brian Jordan’s grounder in the first inning. John Rocker got his fifth save, pitching a scoreless ninth that was preserved by center fielder Andruw Jones’ diving catch. Expos 7, Mets 1 Jose Vidro hit a three-run homer into the third deck in right field at Shea Stadium to lead Montreal. Javier Vazquez gave up two hits in six innings for the Expos before leaving with a slightly sprained ankle. He also had two hits.