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Bonds hits Nos. 581, 582 in rout of Marlins

5/18/2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds keeps moving up the career home
run list, and even his opponents are in awe.

Bonds homered twice to move within one of Mark McGwire for fifth
place all-time, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 10-5 victory
over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Bonds went 3-for-3 with two walks, giving him 582 career homers,
one behind McGwire and four behind Frank Robinson.

"He has more power than anyone in the game right now,"
Florida's Eric Owens said. "Even with the wind blowing in at 50
mph, those balls are still going out as hard as he hit them."

Giants manager Dusty Baker left the dugout and was helped to the
clubhouse in the eighth inning after feeling dizzy. Tests showed he
was slightly dehydrated.

"It has to do with baseball, not getting enough sleep and a
little stress," Giants trainer Stan Conte said. "He just felt a
little dizzy. Five minutes after we got him to the clubhouse he was
fine."

Conte said the spell was unrelated to Baker's surgery for
prostate cancer in December.

"I'm fine," Baker said 45 minutes after the game. "I'm not
dizzy any more."

Bench coach Ron Wotus was in charge for the final innings and
made a pitching change in the ninth.

Bonds hit a two-run drive off Brad Penny (3-3) in the second
inning and a solo shot against Vic Darensbourg in the sixth to give
him 15 homers this season, tying Lance Berkman and Sammy Sosa for
the major league lead.

Bonds has 59 career multihomer games, fifth on the career list.

"I'm not sure I've ever seen anybody as locked in as he is,"
Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said.

Bonds was in a hurry to watch the Los Angeles Lakers-Sacramento
Kings NBA playoff game, and didn't stick around very long in the
clubhouse.

"We played great the last two days," he said, "but I've been
a Lakers fan from Day 1 so I want to go watch the game."

Bonds' 14th homer of the year tied it at 2. He hit a 3-2 pitch
from Penny that traveled well over the wall and landed in McCovey
Cove, a body of water beyond right field.

His next homer also went into the cove. Of the 20 "splash"
hits by the Giants, 18 have been hit by Bonds.

Kirk Rueter (6-1) won his sixth straight decision, the longest
streak of his career, allowing three runs and seven hits in seven
innings. He walked two and struck out two.

"Barry was awesome," Rueter said. "He came through big-time
for me. I don't think I've ever seen two splash hits in the same
game."

David Bell had three hits, including a home run, and drove in
two runs. Damon Minor also homered as the Giants won for the fourth
time in six games.

"I don't think I'm surprised by anything Barry does," Bell
said.

Robb Nen came on with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth
inning and got his 14th save.

Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez left with a dislocated left
shoulder. He was injured when he went after a base hit by Bonds in
the third inning. Gonzalez dove for the grounder and landed
awkwardly on the outfield grass. He was taken from the field on a
cart.

Penny allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings. He
walked two and struck out one as the Marlins lost for the fifth
time in six games.

Back-to-back home runs by Eric Owens and Preston Wilson gave
Florida a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Bell hit his fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the
second that gave the Giants a 4-2 lead.

In the third, Bonds and Benito Santiago singled ahead of a
one-out double from Reggie Sanders, extending the lead to 6-2.

Andy Fox, who replaced Gonzalez, singled home a run in the
fourth. Cliff Floyd added an RBI single in the eighth

Rich Aurilia hit a two-run single in the seventh for San
Francisco.

Game notes
Bell is 4-for-8 after snapping a 1-for-21 slump Friday. ...
Florida C Ramon Castro had an MRI exam on his strained right elbow
which revealed no tear. He is being sent to a specialist for
further examination. ... Marlins pitchers have allowed 16 home runs
in the last seven games. ... Penny lasted two innings May 2. ...
Marlins RHP Julian Tavarez will miss his next start to help
strengthen his right shoulder. ... Bonds has been walked 55 times
this year, which puts him on a pace for 210. He set the major
league record last year with 177. Bonds also has 2,352 hits, tying
him with Orlando Cepeda for 100th on the career list.