Bonds belted his 655th career home run and reached a milestone for walks in Monday’s 8-7 win over San Diego. He connected in the first inning for his 42nd homer of the season, tying him with St. Louis’ Albert Pujols for the most in the NL, one behind major league leader Alex Rodriguez of Texas.
The shot moved Bonds to within 100 homers of Hank Aaron, the all-time leader with 755. Bonds is five homers shy of tying his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place at 660. Babe Ruth is second with 714.
In the sixth, Bonds drew his 2,063 walk, moving him into sole possession of second place on the career list. Rickey Henderson is the all-time leader with 2,190.
San Francisco, which has won 11 of 15, had its magic number to clinch the NL West reduced to four. Second-place Los Angeles didn’t play Monday.
“I want to clinch as soon as possible,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “You’ve got to win games. It doesn’t matter where you clinch it as long as you clinch it.”
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 32 1/2 GB, NL West. Giants - 1st place, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Adam Eaton (8-10, 4.17 ERA). Eaton is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA over his last three starts. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and three hits over seven innings in the Padres’ 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Giants on Thursday. He struck out six and walked three. Eaton is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in seven career starts against San Francisco.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jerome Williams (6-4, 3.42 ERA). Williams is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA over his last three starts. The 21-year-old right-hander allowed three runs—two earned—and five hits over six innings in the Giants’ 10-inning loss to the Padres on Thursday. The rookie is 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against San Diego this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Loretta, .323 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 21 HRs; Giles, 79 RBIs and 81 runs; Gary Matthews Jr., 12 SBs. Giants - Bonds, .341 avg., 42 HRs, 84 RBIs and 104 runs; Eric Young, 25 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 12-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - The Padres are averaging only 3.3 runs in their last 10 games, getting just 7.4 hits during that stretch. … RHP Jay Witasick blew his third save in five opportunities Monday. … The Padres are 28-35 against the NL West this season, and will likely finish with a losing record against the division for the fifth straight season. San Diego was 26-18 in 1998 against divisional foes. The Padres reached the World Series that year. Giants - LF Bonds is hitting .308 in 13 career at-bats against RHP Eaton with one double, two homers and two RBIs. … Of Bonds’ 2,063 walks, 481 have been intentional. … The Giants are 17-4 in series against NL West opponents this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 27-48 on the road; Giants - 52-22 at home.
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