Giants 9, Orioles 6, 11 innings, 1st game; Orioles 5, Giants 4, 12 innings, 2nd game
After Bonds hit his 675th homer to help the San Francisco Giants to a 9-6 victory in 11 innings in first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday, the Orioles got smart in the nightcap.
Bonds received a career-high tying five walks, four intentionally, and Baltimore earned a split when Larry Bigbie singled in the winning run with two outs in the 12th for a 5-4 victory.
“It drains you,” Bonds said of the five walks. “All you can do is sit there and root for your teammates. They had chances, we had chances, and by the 12th everyone was delirious.”
Rafael Palmeiro hit two homers for Baltimore in the opener, moving past Mickey Mantle into 11th place on the career list.
It was only the third time in baseball history that two players with 500 homers connected in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did it on June 17, 1970, and Mays and Hank Aaron both homered on May 8, 1971.
“I’ve been playing with Raffy since college. We go a long way back,” Bonds said. “He has a tendency to do that. When one guy hits a home run, Raffy hits two. He’ll be in the Hall of Fame, for sure.”
After Javy Lopez struck out and Palmeiro received an intentional walk to load the bases, Bigbie singled to center to win it.
John Parrish (5-2) pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the Orioles, who avoided falling five games under .500 for the first time this season.
Seeking their 17th win in 24 games, the Giants managed only five hits. In the first game, Bonds hit his 17th homer and capped a four-run 11th with an RBI single. He went 3-for-6 with two RBIs.
His third-inning, opposite-field drive to left off Rodrigo Lopez put him 39 behind second-place Babe Ruth on the career list and 80 in back of Hank Aaron. It was his 499th homer with the Giants, and his first at Camden Yards—giving him home runs in 32 ballparks.
Palmeiro hit a two-run homer in third, then tied it at 5 in eighth with a shot to dead center that measured at 434 feet. It was his 537th homer, one more than Mantle.
“I was a fan of Mickey Mantle. When I grew up, all my dad talked about was Mickey,” Palmeiro said. “To me, he was the guy. To tie and pass him in the same game, I never thought that would happen to me.”
Palmeiro came in with a season-high 11-game homerless drought, and had only one in his previous 22 games.
Bonds started the day with a major league-leading 82 walks in 50 games, but the Orioles chose to pitch to him in the opener. He extended his season-long run of plate appearances without a walk to 12 before getting a free pass in the third inning of the nightcap.
Playing as the designated hitter after manning left field in the opener, Bonds reached on an error in the second inning and scored ahead of Yorvit Torrealba, who hit his third homer for a 2-0 lead.
The Orioles chased Noah Lowry, making his first major league start, during a two-run fifth.
Pedro Felix tripled in a run in the seventh inning, then scored on a groundout by Edgardo Alfonzo for a 4-2 lead. But the Orioles tied it with two unearned runs in the eighth.
In the opener, A.J. Pierzynski led off the 11th with his fourth homer, a drive to right-center against Jorge Julio (1-2). Deivi Cruz added a two-run single, and Bonds chased Julio with a single to left, foiling a shift to the right side by the Baltimore infield.
Herges, who worked the final three innings, began his stint by getting out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the ninth.
“We had that game won in the ninth,” Palmeiro said. “After we loaded the bases, I’d have bet anything we’d score a run there.”
Herges (2-2) retired Mora on a short fly to right, then got Tejada to hit into a 1-2-3 double play.
With Bonds serving as the main attraction, the game drew 48,869 fans—the largest crowd of the season and sixth-largest in the 13-year history of CamdenYards. Five of the ballpark’s six biggest crowds were for interleague games.
Lopez was the 400th pitcher Bonds has homered against. … It was Palmeiro’s 33rd career two-homer game. He has 38 interleague homers, the most in baseball history. … Orioles RF Jay Gibbons (back injury) went 0-for-2 witha walk in a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie.