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Bonds, A-Rod now tied for homer lead in majors

9/20/2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou
plans to give Barry Bonds plenty of chances to catch Willie Mays
before the season is over.

Bonds hit his 657th home run and the NL West champions defeated
the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Friday night.

Bonds' 44th homer tied Texas' Alex Rodriguez for the major
league lead. Bonds is three home runs shy of Mays, his godfather,
for third place on the career list.

"He's going to play tomorrow and at least two games in
Houston," Alou said. "He'll play in at least six more games."

The loss dropped the Dodgers three games behind Philadelphia for
the NL wild-card spot.

"We aren't done," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said.
"Tomorrow is another day and tomorrow looms even larger than
tonight."

Bonds hit a solo shot into the bleachers in left-center field
off reliever Guillermo Mota in the seventh inning. The Giants star
has homered four times in his last six games, but he didn't want to
talk about chasing Mays.

"I don't discuss those things," Bonds said.

Dustin Hermanson (3-3) went five innings for the win. He gave up
three runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one.

"I felt like I had good stamina," Hermanson said. "I was
probably a little too pumped up. Sometimes when you reach back the
ball goes straighter and comes out slower."

The Giants used their bullpen conservatively over the final four
innings, with Scott Eyre, Jason Christiansen, Matt Herges, Joe
Nathan and Tim Worrell finishing up. Worrell got his 36th save.

Kevin Brown (14-9) lasted five innings. He gave up five runs,
three earned, on seven hits.

"You've got to get to Kevin Brown early," Bonds said. "If you
can get to him in the first two innings you have a shot."

A crowd of 51,612 at Dodger Stadium saw Los Angeles get off to a
bad start.

Ray Durham reached base on an error by shortstop Cesar Izturis
to start the game, then Marquis Grissom got on base when second
baseman Alex Cora made an error.

After Brown issued an intentional walk to Bonds, he walked
Edgardo Alfonzo to force home a run.

"I don't know if I've ever seen Brown walk in a run," Alou
said.

Benito Santiago's single made it 2-0.

"We're not a good club when we give up extra outs, and we gave
them five outs in the first inning," Tracy said. "As a team it's
tough for us to come back. We've had our troubles doing that all
year."

The Dodgers countered with a run in their half. Dave Roberts
opened with the first of his four hits, stole second and scored on
Shawn Green's double.

The Giants made it 3-1 in the second on an RBI grounder by
Grissom. Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer, his 21st, in the Dodgers'
fourth.

The Giants stretched their lead to 5-2 in the fifth. Rich
Aurilia singled, Bonds followed with a walk and both scored on
Alfonzo's double.

Green singled home Rickey Henderson in the seventh.

Game notes
Green tied a career high with his 47th double. The Dodgers'
record is 52 by John Frederick in 1929. ... Eyre made his 71st
appearance, the most by a Giants pitcher since Rich Rodriguez had
71 in 1997. ... Santiago was hit in the left temple after a pitch
glanced off Henderson. The Giants catcher was examined by a trainer
and remained in the game. Santiago led off the eighth with a single
and was removed for pinch-runner Eric Young. ... The big crowd
pushed the Dodgers' 2003 home attendance to 3,029,554 -- their
eighth consecutive 3 million-plus season and a major league-record
18th overall.