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Bonds Hits 717th Home Run

June 15, 2006

PHOENIX (AP) _ Barry Bonds hit his 717th home run Wednesday night, a drive to right field off Arizona reliever Jose Valverde in the ninth inning of the San Francisco Giants’ game against the Diamondbacks.

The three-run shot came on a 3-2 pitch and was Bonds’ first homer since June 5.

Bonds narrowly missed a homer in the fifth, hammering Claudio Vargas’ pitch a few feet below the top of the 25-foot wall in center field. Bonds was held to a single.

Bonds passed Babe Ruth and moved into second on the homer list with No. 715 on May 28.

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