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Bonds, Snow power Giants past Pirates

8/4/2002

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Barry Bonds is two away from historic homer
No. 600. He might have passed that number a long time ago if he had
played his Pittsburgh years in PNC Park.

Bonds took advantage of the short right-field porch there to hit
his 598th career homer, one of six San Francisco home runs, and
J.T. Snow had a three-run shot and five RBI as the Giants roughed
up the Pirates 10-5 Sunday.

Bonds went 3-for-4 and scored three times while homering for the
second game in a row. His 31st home run of the season led off the
ninth inning and left him two away from joining Hank Aaron, Babe
Ruth and Willie Mays as the only players with 600 homers.

"Things happen so fast in my career,'' Bonds said. "I remember
hitting No. 400 when (Jim) Leyland was managing the Marlins, and
now I'm two away from 600, and that (No. 400) doesn't seem that
long ago. Time has gone by so fast.''

Bonds has four homers in six games at PNC Park, which opened
last year -- nine years after he left the Leyland-managed Pirates to
play in San Francisco. He hit No. 597 on Saturday night, and just
missed another homer later in the game when a long drive fell at
the base of the wall.

Asked if he would have liked playing his seven Pirates seasons
in PNC, he said, "Oh, yeah. ... This is a small ballpark.''

Snow, productive in the second half since getting over some
nagging injuries, hit a two-run double in the second against Kris
Benson (4-6), then followed with a three-run homer during a
five-run sixth.

After going all season without hitting consecutive homers until
Saturday night, when Kent and Snow did it in an 11-6 victory, the
Giants hit three in a row in the sixth.

Reggie Sanders followed Snow's drive with his 16th, and David
Bell greeted reliever Josias Manzanillo with his second of the
game. Bell also hit a solo shot the inning before and now has 17
this season.

The Giants last hit three in a row when Kent, Eric Davis and
Benito Santiago did it on July 22, 2001, against Arizona.

The Giants had eight hits in the sixth when they opened an 8-2
lead. The Pirates came back in their half of the inning with Craig
Wilson's second homer of the game, a three-run drive to center off
Kirk Rueter (10-6).

Wilson, who had gone all season without homering at PNC Park,
also hit a solo homer off Rueter in the fourth as the teams
combined for eight homers on a steamy 94-degree day at PNC Park.

"It's nice to play in warm weather and this is a good park to
hit in,'' Snow said.

Rich Aurilia hit the other Giants homer, a solo drive in the
eighth off Brian Boehringer that was his 10th.

Snow got the Giants started with a two-run double in the second,
after Bonds walked and Santiago singled. Snow's average was the in
the low .200s early in the season, but he is 16-for-36 (.444) with
three homers during the second half of the season. He also homered
Saturday night.

"I'm getting a chance to play,'' Snow said. "Hitting is
timing, and you can't have timing if you don't play.''

Rueter allowed five runs, four earned, and five hits in 5 1/3
innings but still got the victory. He is the first Giants
left-hander to win at least 10 games in six consecutive seasons
since Johnny Antonelli from 1954-59.

"If it wasn't for Craig Wilson, he would have had an
outstanding day,'' manager Dusty Baker said.

Felix Rodriguez followed Rueter by retiring all five batters he
faced. The Giants bullpen pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, with Tim
Worrell finishing up over the final two innings.

Benson (4-6) couldn't follow up his best start of the season, a
4-1 victory Tuesday over Colorado in which he allowed three hits in
eighth innings. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, yielding seven runs and
eight hits to raise his ERA from 5.59 to 6.01.

"I hit a brick wall there in the sixth inning,'' Benson said.
"I still had good velocity, but I didn't make my pitches. I don't
know what it is. I just started leaving the ball up.''

Game notes
The Giants' season high is seven homers, against the
Rockies on July 2. They lead the NL with 143 home runs. ... Wilson
has eight homers, six on the road. He has yet to hit a pinch-hit
homer after tying the NL record with seven last season. ... The
Giants won their second in a row after dropping eight of 11. They
went 3-3 on a road trip to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. They would
have swept in Pittsburgh if closer Robb Nen hadn't blown a
ninth-inning lead Friday. ... The Pirates lost their ninth in 12
games. ... The Giants remained a game back of Los Angeles in the NL
wild card race and seven behind Arizona in the NL West.