Bonds hits first Fenway homer in loss to Red Sox

Hero: Manny Ramirez. The Boston slugger homered for the second straight game and drove in three runs for the Red Sox.

Hello, old friend: Bonds' homer came off former Pirates teammate Tim Wakefield. The knuckleballer became the 441st different pitcher to allow a Bonds homer.

Crash knuckles: Bonds hit his first home run off a knuckleballer since he hit his 73rd homer of the 2001 season off former Dodger Dennis Springer.

Quotable: "I tip my cap to him, he came after me in every at-bat. He gave me something to hit." -- Bonds on facing Wakefield.

-- ESPN.com news services

Red Sox 9, Giants 5

BOSTON (AP) -- Barry Bonds added baseball's oldest ballpark to his longball list and was back on his way to the sport's most hallowed record.

The San Francisco slugger hit his 748th career homer in Boston's 9-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday, adding Fenway Park, the Red Sox and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to his totals and moving within seven of Hank Aaron's mark.

The last time Bonds homered off a knuckleballer was when he hit No. 73 of 2001 off Los Angeles Dodger Dennis Springer to establish the single-season record. Bonds had been hitless in eight at-bats against Wakefield, even joking that the pitches were too slow to hit hard.

"I think my age got me slower so I'm more able to time it a bit better," Bonds said with a smile after going 2-for-3 on Sunday. "I tip my cap to him, he came after me in every at-bat. He gave me something to hit."

But his sixth-inning solo shot merely cut Boston's lead to 8-4, and Manny Ramirez padded the lead with his second homer in as many games. Ramirez was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, David Ortiz had a pair of doubles, and Wakefield (7-7) pitched well before faltering in the sixth to help the Red Sox complete the three-game sweep.

Wakefield allowed five runs and eight hits with a walk, striking out three in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed a solo homer to Pedro Feliz -- his ninth of the season (and the 98th of his career) -- while becoming the 441st different pitcher to feed Bonds' home run habit.

Bonds has now homered in 36 ballparks, adding Fenway to the list in his third game at the ballpark that was the first home of the first man to top 700 homers. Bonds passed Babe Ruth and his 714 total last year, and resumed his pursuit of Aaron's 755 with 11 homers in his first 76 at-bats this year; he has just three in 91 at-bats since.

"It was never gone," Bonds said of his home run stroke. "It's the person. It's me. Sometimes you just don't have it. Sometimes you do."

Bonds singled in the second off Wakefield, an ex-teammate from their Pirates days, and hit a long -- but not threatening -- fly ball to center in the third.

"When we were in Pittsburgh, we loved him," Bonds said, lamenting that Wakefield didn't pitch the finale of the 1992 NL Championship Series against Atlanta, when the Braves scored three in the ninth to advance to the World Series. "We're both in our 40s now, and he's still good."

Bonds came up again to lead off the sixth, posing for some pictures while on deck for both Giants and Red Sox fans.

After a mixed response, he watched a ball go by and then sent the next knuckler to right, on a line toward the red seat that marks Ted Williams' longest home run. Right fielder J.D. Drew chased after the ball and reached out for it, but it went into the Giants bullpen.

"I believe I had two, but we'll leave it at one," Bonds said, still smarting over a high fly ball that was ruled foul on Friday night, postponing his first Fenway homer for two more days.

The crowd, with a fair amount of Giants orange scattered throughout, offered some brief applause before the clapping was overwhelmed by the hometown jeering. One fan about eight rows behind the Giants on-deck circle held up a T-shirt that said "Huge Giant Head."

But overall there was less derision than Bonds received for his first-ever visit to Fenway on Friday, when Boston fans greeted him with more emphatic booing, along with the requisite asterisk banners and some chants reminding him of the steroid investigation surrounding him.

Matt Morris (7-4) lasted just four innings for San Francisco, allowing eight runs and nine hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Game notes
The Red Sox played "Take me out to the Ballgame" in the middle of the sixth inning so they could play "God Bless America" in the seventh. ... Boston placed RHP Brendan Donnelly on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm on Sunday and recalled RHP Manny Delcarmen from Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Bonds was just 2-for-15 in his career against the Red Sox without a homer and no RBIs before Sunday.

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