|Pirates catcher Jason Kendall calls for an intentional walk to Barry Bonds, giving Bonds 46 on the season, breaking Willie McCovey's 33-year old record.|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds received his 46th intentional walk on Saturday, breaking Willie McCovey's single-season record.
The Pittsburgh Pirates intentionally walked the San Francisco star three times in four innings for the record. Bonds got his third free pass in the seventh to load the bases - but Benito Santiago followed with a grand slam to put the Giants up 8-3.
Bonds, who hit his 600th homer against Pittsburgh on Friday night, also drew intentional walks in the fourth inning - though only the fourth pitch was purposely wide - and the fifth.
McCovey received 45 intentional walks in 1969 while with the Giants.
Bonds has 33 homers and 73 RBIs this season despite 130 walks from wary pitchers and managers. Last season, Bonds was walked 177 times, breaking Babe Ruth's 1923 record of 170 walks.