• Chasing Aaron: Bonds' fourth career home run against Hernandez leaves him just five short of tying Hank Aaron's mark.
• Figure this: This was Bonds' 39th career homer off Arizona, his 85th career game-tying shot and his 74th career bomb in the eighth inning.
• Did you see that?: In the seventh, Bonds calmly greeted a fan who hopped the fence to run out to him in left field and then walked him off
into the custody of security personnel.
• Quotable: "He just wanted to shake my hand. I told him to come with me so he
didn't get into any more trouble." -- Bonds told MLB.com
• Hero: Miguel Montero's solo shot in the 10th proved to be the game-winner for Arizona.
-- ESPN.com news services
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds is going to have a harder time
enjoying his home runs if the Giants keep losing close games.
Bonds hit his 750th career home run, an inning after getting a
startling hug from a fan in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to Arizona on
Friday night. The homer pulled the San Francisco slugger within
five of tying Hank Aaron's record, but Miguel Montero hit a solo
homer off Brad Hennessey (1-3) in the 10th for the Diamondbacks and
San Francisco lost its third straight.
"Everybody in that clubhouse knows he's going to get a lot of
attention reaching this milestone, as he should," Giants manger
Bruce Bochy said. "It's going to be a big moment in baseball.
Right now, we're all embarrassed with where we're at, how we're
playing, things that are happening on the field."
The 42-year-old Bonds led off the eighth inning with a solo shot
off D-backs starter Livan Hernandez to tie the game at 3. Watching
the ball sail over the wall in right-center, he lowered his head
and began his trot. The main center-field scoreboard immediately
featured a road sign reading "Bonds 750" in the middle and "Road
to History" on either side.
The home run came an inning after a fan gave everybody a scare
when he hopped the fence and ran out to Bonds in left field. The
seven-time NL MVP calmly greeted the man and walked him off and
into the custody of security personnel.
The fan came out over the short fence along the left-field line
and scurried to Bonds while Orlando Hudson was batting. Bonds
didn't flinch, putting his arm around the man and walking him off
the field -- and fans began chants of "Barry! Barry!"
"He just wanted to shake my hand," Bonds told MLB.com while
quickly leaving the ballpark. "I told him to come with me so he
didn't get into any more trouble."
The Giants said the man, in the custody of San Francisco police,
would face charges of public drunkenness and interfering with a
sporting event. His name and age were not immediately available.
Bochy credited Bonds for not panicking.
"My first feeling was fear," said center fielder Dave Roberts,
who began to move toward Bonds. "Barry handled it like a pro. I'm
glad the situation was diffused."
Bonds drove a 3-2 pitch an estimated 380 feet for his 16th home
run of the season and first in exactly a week since connecting off
Yankees reliever Scott Proctor on June 22. It was Bonds' first
homer in 14 at-bats and 23 plate appearances -- and the fourth of
his career against former Giant Hernandez, who last surrendered a
home run to Bonds on Aug. 24, 2006. It was Bonds' 39th against
Bonds also had an RBI single in the first, drew his 79th walk in
the third and popped out in the sixth.
He received a standing ovation when he walked to left field in
the top of the ninth, tipping his hat to the crowd. Bonds' batboy
son, Nikolai, is nursing an ankle injury and wasn't at home plate
to greet him with a hug as is their typical routine.
"I tried to throw the pitch down," Hernandez said. "It was
low, but Barry is a great hitter. He went down and lifted it
Roberts dropped a routine fly ball in center while on the run,
committing a two-base error in the seventh that scored two runs to
give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead. It also cost Matt Morris the
"I drop a routine fly ball to cost us the game," Roberts
said. "It's ridiculous. It just can't happen."
Hernandez's winless streak reached six starts since he beat
Houston on May 27 despite eight solid innings.
"Livo was unbelievable tonight," manager Bob Melvin said. "He
had his best stuff in the sixth and seventh innings. He gave us
what we needed."
Ryan Klesko had given the Giants a 2-1 lead with a splash hit
home run into McCovey Cove in the sixth after Bonds' hit a high
popup for the inning's first out. It was the 44th home run by a
Giants batter into the water, where several kayaks were on patrol
for a souvenir ball. Klesko hit the water for the second time this
year and third in his career. He did it while playing for the San
Diego Padres in 2003. Bonds has 33 of the club's splash hits,
including one this season.
Stephen Drew hit an RBI double in the third that tied the game
at 1. Arizona won for the first time in four tries in San Francisco
Morris hasn't beaten Arizona in five tries since a win June 15,
2006. He dropped his second straight decision overall. The
right-hander also took a tough 1-0 loss on June 6 at Chase Field
despite eight strong innings.
"You expect to win with that kind of stuff," Morris said.
"We've had a hard time doing that. We're wasting a lot of good
Giants SS Omar Vizquel returned to the starting lineup
after being held out of games Tuesday and Wednesday because of a
strained right groin. Vizquel singled in the second and stole his
seventh base of the year. ... The D-backs played just their second
extra-inning game in 18, while it was the fourth in the Giants'
last six contests. San Francisco's 12 extra-inning games leads the
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