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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Barry Bonds hit his 64th home run Thursday, leaving him six shy of the record Mark McGwire set three years ago.

Bonds' two-run drive to center came off Houston's Wade Miller on a 1-0 count in the fifth inning. The homer came in San Francisco's 147th game, eight games fewer than it took McGwire to hit 64. The Giants have 15 games remaining.

The crowd stood as the high, arching ball cleared the fence beyond the reach of Richard Hidalgo.

Bonds rounded the bases to chants of ``Barry! Barry!'' and high-fived teammate Rich Aurilia, who also scored, and Jeff Kent, who was waiting on deck.

Kent stepped back from the batter's box while the chants continued, and Bonds peeked his head out of the dugout.

Bonds had not homered in the previous two games since baseball resumed following a six-day break caused by terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. On Sept. 9 at Colorado, in his last game before the break, he had the third three-homer game of his career.

With 558 career homers, Bonds is five shy of matching Reggie Jackson for seventh place.