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Bonds Ejected; Rockies Clear Field

August 5, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The Colorado Rockies cleared the field in the ninth inning of Friday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants after fans threw garbage following the ejection of Barry Bonds.

Bonds was batting in the ninth when he began arguing with plate umpire Ron Kulpa about a called second strike. Kulpa immediately ejected the Giants’ slugger, who got in the umpire’s face and began yelling.

Bonds returned to the dugout, sat down and crossed his arms as fans responded by throwing garbage, including beer bottles, onto the field from all directions.

The Rockies left the field and retreated into their dugout to avoid being hit while fans chanted ``Barry! Barry!″

Security came onto the field and so did a large cleanup crew, causing about 11-minute delay. Fans also threw things at the umpires as they were escorted off the field after the game.

Bonds hit his 723rd career home run in the seventh. He sent a 2-1 pitch from Jeff Francis over the wall in center for his 15th home run of the year. He is now 32 homers from tying home run king Hank Aaron’s record of 755.

The 42-year-old Bonds hadn’t homered since July 20 against San Diego, a span of 26 at-bats.

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