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Bonds two away from 700 club

DENVER -- Barry Bonds hit career home run No. 698 and
eclipsed the 40-homer mark for the fifth straight season with a
two-run shot in the San Francisco Giants' game against the Colorado
Rockies on Tuesday night.

The Rockies beat the Giants 8-7.

The Rockies have intentionally walked Bonds 21 times this
season, more than any other team, but decided to pitch to him with
a base open in the third inning. Colorado walked Bonds in the 9th inning with a base open and possessing a two-run lead.

Bonds took advantage and lifted a fly ball to left field off
Rockies starter Jamey Wright that didn't appear to have enough on
it to go out, but the ball caromed off outfielder Matt Holliday's
glove and into the stands for his 40th this season.

"If we had been two outs, he would have been on in a heartbeat,
but I had a gut feeling we're asking for a big inning if we put him
on," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I just didn't have a good enough feeling and,
of course, he hits the home run, so my gut feeling went from my gut
to my throat."

It's the eighth time in 18 seasons the six-time NL MVP has hit
40 in a season, tying Hank Aaron's NL record. Babe Ruth holds the
major-league record with 11 seasons with 40 homers.

Bonds is two homers short of joining Aaron and Ruth as the only
players to hit 700 homers. He needs 16 more to tie Ruth (714) for
second on baseball's career list. Aaron hit 755.