NEW YORK, AP
The baseball season is not even half over yet, and the National League already has two players who have hit 30 home runs —Barry Bonds and Luis Gonzalez. Bonds matched the major league record for home runs before the All-Star break with No. 37, while Gonzalez homered twice to reach the 30 mark Tuesday night. Bonds tied the record set by Reggie Jackson in 1969 and equaled by Mark McGwire in 1998. After connecting in San Francisco’s 4-3, 15 inning loss at San Diego, Bonds still has 18 games to break the half season mark. McGwire holds the season record with 70 home runs. Gonzalez also doubled and drove in six runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2. He leads the league in hitting at .361 and has 68 RBIs. “Obviously, I just want to keep doing what I’m doing,” he said. “The homers are nice, but my batting average is up there, so I’m becoming a better hitter.” Giants relief ace Robb Nen blew the save, giving up three runs in the ninth, with Mark Kotsay hitting a two-run single with two outs to tie it. San Diego got a lot of help in the 15th to stop the Giants’ six-game winning streak. With runners at first and second and two outs, Ben Davis struck out, but reached first on Ryan Vogelsong’s wild pitch. With the bases loaded, Mike Colangelo hit a grounder to shortstop Rich Aurilia, who made a throwing error that ended a game that lasted 5 hours, 16 minutes. In other NL games, Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 10-8, St. Louis stopped Chicago 3-2, Pittsburgh defeated Philadelphia 8-5, Florida beat Atlanta 12-2, Houston downed Colorado 6-4 and New York defeated Montreal 4-1. Wakefield just misses no-hitter
Tim Wakefield and Steve Sparks showed how devastating a knuckleball can be. Wakefield came within three outs of pitching Boston’s second no-hitter this season, losing his bid on Randy Winn’s broken-bat single in the ninth inning as the Red Sox won 5-4 at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Sparks didn’t flirt with history, but was just as effective as Wakefield with that slow, tantalizing pitch. Sparks pitched a three hitter as Detroit beat the New York Yankees 7-1 at Comerica Park. Wakefield (5-1), who twice flirted with pitching no-hitters for Boston in 1995, was trying to duplicate the feat of teammate Hideo Nomo, who held Baltimore hitless on April 4. In the ninth, speedy Jason Tyner led off with a slow bouncer that second baseman Jose Offerman charged. Offerman’s hurried toss was high and pulled first baseman Brian Daubach off the bag. Official scorer Jim Ferguson reviewed it on the replay and ruled it an error on Offerman. The crowd of 12,950 cheered when the ruling was posted. But Winn broke it up for good, lining a 1-2 pitch over third baseman Chris Stynes for a clean single. Tyner, who had advanced on a passed ball, scored on the hit. In other AL games, it was Baltimore 5, Toronto 1; Minnesota 10, Cleveland 9 in 12 innings; Seattle 8, Oakland 7; Texas 7, Anaheim 5; and Chicago 5, Kansas City 3.