Padres get another extra-inning victory over Giants

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SAN DIEGO (AP)—Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron’s 33-year-old home run record when he connected for No. 755 Saturday night, but his San Francisco Giants lost 3-2 to the San Diego Padres.

Khalil Greene lined a bases-loaded single up the middle in the 12th inning off loser Randy Messenger (1-4), the second straight extra-inning game for the teams.

The two-time defending NL West champion Padres beat their former manager Bruce Bochy and San Francisco for the fourth straight time. Cla Meredith (4-5) pitched the 12th for the win.

San Diego’s Scott Hairston homered for the third time in two games, hitting a leadoff shot in the bottom of the first. Bonds then started the top of the second with a drive to left-center to tie Hammerin’ Hank after trying since July 27. Bonds left the game early for the fifth straight night.

Padres starter Clay Hensley became the 445th pitcher to surrender a homer to Bonds, who has hit 87 against the Padres—his most against any team. He has 43 in San Diego, his most in any road city, but it was just his fourth in 78 at-bats at 4-year-old Petco Park.

Giants rookie left-hander Pat Misch was called up from Triple-A Fresno to make his first major league start and seventh appearance overall.

Hairston homered twice in Friday’s 4-3, 10-inning win, hitting the game-winning shot and driving in all of San Diego’s runs. He left Saturday’s game with a bruised left foot.

Bonds was not expected to play in the series finale Sunday. The Giants head home for seven games, starting with the opener of a four-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday night.


The game drew 42,497 fans, San Diego’s 11th sellout. … Giants 1B Rich Aurilia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. … Padres sports therapist Kelly Calabrese, typically on the San Diego bench but away from the club since mid-June, delivered a son named Timothy Joseph earlier in the day.

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