DENVER (AP) -- San Francisco manager Dusty Baker is no longer
surprised at Barry Bonds' impressive feats.
Bonds homered three times Tuesday night, including the third-longest home run at Coors Field, as the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4.
"You are past amazed. You accept it,'' Baker said. "When you see greatness you don't really get amazed after a while.''
It was the fourth three-homer game of Bonds' career and gave him
38 homers this year and 605 in his career. He is fourth on the
career list, trailing only Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and
Willie Mays (660).
"At this stage of my game there's no personal records that are
really that important to me,'' Bonds said. "You don't really want
to think about certain things because they may not end up the way
you want it all the time.
"You just play it day by day and hope it all works out,'' Bonds
With a chance to tie the major league record for homers in a
game, Bonds doubled against Todd Jones (1-4) in San Francisco's
three-run ninth, hitting a flare to left field.
"All you need to do is outscore your opponents,'' Bonds said.
Bonds finished 4-for-4 to increase his NL-leading batting average to .366 as he seeks the first batting title of his career. Bonds increased his lead over Larry Walker, who is hitting .357.
"Everybody knows how good Barry is, and our pitchers are aware of it,'' said Toby Harrah, who served as Colorado manager while Clint Hurdle attended to family matters. "They're sure as heck not trying to give up home runs.''
Kent homered and drove in three runs for the Giants. Felix Rodriguez (5-6) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, and
Robb Nen worked a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.
Bonds hit a 492-foot drive in the first inning off Rockies starter Denny Stark. The ball hit the wall well behind the center-field fence.
The only longer homers at Coors Field, which opened in 1995, were hit by Mike Piazza (496 feet on Sept. 26, 1997) and Larry Walker (493 feet on Aug. 31, 1997).
Bonds walked in the third, then homered again in the sixth off Stark, a 430-foot drive that hit the facing above the first deck in right-center.
He homered again in the seventh, a 390-foot shot into the lower
deck in right field off Kent Mercker. Bonds had gone 31 plate appearances and 30 at-bats without a home run off Mercker.
"I just don't know how I throw a pitch 20-mph slower than the previous pitch and he's sitting on it,'' Mercker said. "It was bad pitch location, but you can usually get away with it.''
Goodwin opened the ninth with a single off Jones and advanced to
second on Kenny Lofton's bunt. Aurilia scored Goodwin with a single
to right, Bonds doubled to left and Kent hit a two-run double to
Walker hit a two-run single and Jay Payton hit his 15th homer as the Rockies lost their fourth straight game.
Late afternoon thundershowers forced both teams to take batting practice in the indoor batting cages. ... Fans booed Stark for issuing a four-pitch walk to Bonds in the third inning. ... Walker was in the lineup after missing five games with a dislocated rib. ... The game drew a franchise-low 26,592.