Barry Bonds looks to move closer to Willie Mays on the all-time home run list and help the San Francisco Giants stay in the hunt for home-field advantage in the National League playoffs as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers in a doubleheader at Pacific Bell Park.
Bonds hit his 658th career homer Friday, helping the Giants beat the Dodgers 10-1. He is now two behind his godfather Willie Mays, who ranks second all-time in home runs.
However, Bonds doesn’t want to talk about the mark until he reaches it. For now, he’s just focusing on the games.
“Three more games, then playoffs,” he said.
Bonds, who talked with Mays before the game, also singled twice and received a standing ovation when he was replaced by a pinch-runner in the sixth inning.
The win kept the Giants one game behind Atlanta for the best record in the AL. The Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 Friday.
The Braves have just two games left in their schedule. Including Saturday’s doubleheader, the Giants will play three more games with the Dodgers and will face the New York Mets in a makeup game on Monday, if it has any bearing on the race for home-field advantage in the NLCS.
Rich Aurilia also homered Friday for the Giants, who have won nine of their last 12 games.
Jolbert Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a double for the Dodgers, who were eliminated from the playoff hunt on Thursday. Los Angeles has lost seven of its last 11.
STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 14 1/2 GB, NL West. Giants - 1st place, NL West.
DODGERS PROBABLE GAME ONE STARTER: Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.38 ERA). Jackson gave up three earned runs and six hits in three innings of relief in the Dodgers’ 9-5 loss to the San Diego Padres on Monday, but he did not receive a decision. The rookie right-hander, who has made three appearances, including two starts this season, has never faced the Giants.
GIANTS PROBABLE GAME ONE STARTER: Jerome Williams (7-4, 3.36 ERA). Williams gave up three earned runs and 10 hits in six innings in San Francisco’s 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Monday, but he did not receive a decision. The rookie right-hander has never faced the Dodgers.
DODGERS PROBABLE GAME TWO STARTER: Masao Kida (0-1, 3.86 ERA) Kida gave up one earned run and two hits in two innings of relief in the Dodgers’ 9-5 loss to San Diego Monday, but he did not receive a decision. The right-hander, who has made just one start and one relief appearance this season, has never faced the Giants.
GIANTS PROBABLE GAME TWO STARTER: Dustin Hermanson (3-3, 4.12 ERA). Hermanson gave up three earned runs and seven hits in five innings of a 6-4 win over the Dodgers on Sept. 19—his first victory since Aug. 3. The right-hander, who has made eight appearances, including five starts, since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals, is 4-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 14 career appearances, including nine starts, against the Dodgers.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 11-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - The Dodgers have invited all of their coaching staff back for next season. … C Paul Lo Duca, who aggravated a nagging knee sprain Thursday, sat out Friday’s game. … The Dodgers have scored just one run in each of their last four games. Giants - RHP Robb Nen played catch Friday for the first time since having season-ending right shoulder surgery to repair a torn tendon May 7. … RF Bonds has hit homers of 388 different pitchers. … CF Marquis Grissom was named by his teammates the “Willie Mac” award winner for the team’s most inspirational player, as picked by his teammates. The honor is named after Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 38-40 on the road; Giants - 55-23 at home.
INJURIES: Dodgers - OF Brian Jordan (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Rickey Henderson (shoulder), day-to-day. Giants - RHP Jesse Foppert (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 60-day DL.