Bonds Hits 35th, 36th Homers
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Barry Bonds passed the halfway mark in his bid to break Mark McGwire’s home run record, hitting his 35th and 36th homers of the season Friday night.
With 36 homers in the San Francisco Giants’ first 67 games, Bonds is far ahead of McGwire’s pace. McGwire did not hit the 36th of his record 70 homers until the St. Louis Cardinals’ 79th game of the 1998 season.
Bonds’ first homer of the night, the 529th of his career, came in the first inning and gave the Giants a 1-0 lead against the Oakland Athletics. It was an opposite-field shot to left-center off Mark Mulder.
His second homer of the night was down the line in right, also off Mulder, and gave the Giants a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning.
Bonds has 21 homers in his last 25 games, and has homered in six of his last seven games at Pacific Bell Park.
It was the 50th multi-homer game of Bonds’ career, moving him into sole possession of seventh place in that category. He had been tied with Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott with 49. It was Bonds’ fourth such game this season.
Bonds also is just the fourth major leaguer to have 35 homers before the All-Star break _ which is still 3 1/2 weeks away. McGwire and Reggie Jackson (1969) had 37 homers at the All-Star break, while Ken Griffey Jr. had 35 at the break in 1998.
Bonds is 11th on baseball’s career homers list behind Jimmie Foxx, who hit 534, and Mickey Mantle _ who hit 536.