San Francisco (77-65) at Arizona (43-98)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Phoenix, AZ
Temp: 101° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Sep 11, 2004
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Barry Bonds is poised to join one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs. He still needs two home runs to get there.

Bonds will try to move closer to 700 homers when the San Francisco Giants meet the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle game of their series at Bank One Ballpark.

The six-time NL MVP is third on the career list, trailing only Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). He hit his 698th homer in an 8-7 loss to Colorado on Tuesday.

Bonds went 1-for-2 with a single in a 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks in Friday’s series opener. He was also hit by a pitch and drew a walk.

He tied the single-season record for walks he set two years ago when Mike Koplove put him on intentionally to lead off the eighth, his 198th free pass of the season. Bonds has 103 intentional walks this year, already a record.

San Francisco had won four of five before Friday. With the loss, the Giants fell into a tie with Houston and the Chicago Cubs for the NL wild-card lead.

The Giants will give the ball to rookie left-hander Noah Lowry on Saturday.

Lowry has not earned a decision in his past three starts, allowing 14 runs over 15 innings in those outings. The 24-year-old southpaw surrendered six runs and nine hits over five innings last Saturday in the Giants’ 9-7 win over the Diamondbacks.

The Giants did not expect Lowry to make that start after his temperature had shot up to 101 the previous day.

“I didn’t think he would be available,” San Francisco trainer Stan Conte said. “We gave him an IV before the game, more of a preventive measure because we knew it would be hot and figured he would lose some fluids.”

Randy Johnson allowed one run and four hits over seven innings Friday, and Doug DeVore hit a two-run homer to help the Diamondbacks end their eight-game losing streak against the Giants.

Arizona, which has the worst record in the majors, had lost seven straight and nine of 10 overall.

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6-0 Record 2-5
3.82 ERA 5.51
72 K 62
28 BB 76
1.29 WHIP 1.82