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LOS ANGELES (AP)—As Barry Bonds inches closer to Hank Aaron’s career home run record, he’s leading the San Francisco Giants on their most successful run in nearly three years.

Bonds hit his 741st career homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, Pedro Feliz had the go-ahead homer in the sixth and the Giants beat Los Angeles 6-4 Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to seven games.

San Francisco last won seven straight in June 2004.

“We’re putting some runs on the board and that’s huge for us,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “A lot of good things are happening.”

Bonds has homered in three of his last four games, moving him within 14 of Aaron’s mark. He sent a 1-1 pitch from Randy Wolf into right-center field. It was his second homer off Wolf and first since 1999.

“I think he got it off the end of the bat,” Wolf said. “When he hit it, I really didn’t think it was going to be a home run. I’ve given up quite a few to know what they sound like, but he’s a guy with kind of superhuman power and he doesn’t always need to hit it perfectly.”

Bonds went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts before being replaced by pinch-runner Dave Roberts in the eighth. Bonds brushed off reporters after the game.

“It’s an exciting time and with men on base, he’s just so dangerous,” Bochy said about Bonds. “I enjoy watching him.”

Noah Lowry (2-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking five. Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

“It was a battle,” said Lowry, who didn’t get his first victory until last Thursday after coming off a 7-10 record last season. “I wish I’d been able to hold that four-run lead. I made some bad pitches when guys were in scoring position. It was not well-executed on my part.”

The Giants jumped on Wolf in the first, scoring four runs before the left-hander got his first out. Rich Aurilia’s RBI single preceded Bonds’ homer.

“That ball got small real quick,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said about Bonds’ homer.

Wolf (3-2) allowed five runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one. Twice he retired eight of nine batters—striking out Bonds twice—but the homers cost him a chance at a fourth consecutive victory.

“I thought I was going to be more aggressive, really throw the ball over the plate more and try to stop deep counts,” Wolf said. “Before I knew it, there were three hits in a row.”

Feliz hit a 2-0 pitch from Wolf into right-center field with two outs in the sixth, giving the Giants a 5-4 lead. Wolf followed the trajectory of the ball before hanging his head and throwing his arms in anger.

Ray Durham’s RBI single in the eighth of reliever Jonathan Broxton extended San Francisco’s lead to 6-4.

“We’re doing everything right,” Lowry said. “We’re hitting, playing defense and stealing bags. Everybody is filling into their role.”

The Dodgers—who lost their third straight—tied the game in the fourth on an RBI double by Ramon Martinez and Rafael Furcal’s RBI single.

They cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Nomar Garciaparra and Russell Martin’s run-scoring single.

Notes

Bonds tied Pete Rose for fifth in career runs scored with 2,165. … Bonds’ three RBIs moved him past Willie McCovey into first place on the San Francisco Giants’ career list with 1,389. … Wolf notched his 1,000th career strikeout against Todd Linden in the fifth. … Broxton allowed his first run in his last 17 appearances.

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