Sept 25, 2001
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer
|Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson are both chasing history as the 2001 baseball season winds down.|
Bonds hit his 67th homer Monday night, moving within three of Mark McGwire's major league record as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Monday night and moved closer in the NL West race.
"That's what we play for - wins," Bonds said. "It'll be fun if we win the next two."
The Giants moved within 1.5 games of idle Arizona in the NL West and two behind St. Louis in the wild card race. The Dodgers are 4.5 back in the division and five behind in the wild card.
Bonds' homer came in the Giants' 151st game. McGwire hit his 67th in St. Louis' 162nd game. The Cardinals played 163 games that season because one game was suspended by rain.
"Barry will probably win the MVP this year, especially with the amount of homers he's hit that meant something," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "That bears a lot of weight with me. It's not only numbers, but when you hit them."
Henderson got close to a pair of big marks of his own. He went 4-for-5 with three runs scored in San Diego's 15-11 loss at Colorado.
Henderson is three runs short of tying Ty Cobb's major league record of 2,245, and seven hits shy of 3,000. Henderson also hit his 500th career double.
"You play as long as I have played, the milestones do come," Henderson said. "There is some satisfaction, but it comes from doing my best to help my team win."
In other NL games, it was Houston 9, St. Louis 3, Florida 1, Atlanta 0, and Pittsburgh 7, Chicago 6.
Giants 2, Dodgers 1
Livan Hernandez (13-14) pitched seven innings of three-hit ball as San Francisco won the opener of the three-game series in Los Angeles.
James Baldwin (2-5) intentionally walked Bonds in the fifth before pitching to him in the seventh. Baldwin's first pitch was a slider, followed by two fastballs. Bonds connected on a 91-mph fastball.
"I made a mistake and he made me pay for it," Baldwin said. "That's why he's got 67 home runs. But we've just got to keep attacking him."
Bonds broke a tie with Sammy Sosa for the second most homers ever in a season. Sosa hit 66 in 1998.
Rockies 15, Padres 11
Larry Walker went 4-for-4 with two homers and five runs scored to lead Colorado. Todd Helton hit his 44th homer and drove in four runs, and Juan Uribe had four hits and three RBIs for the Rockies.
Henderson has 12 games left this season to reach the marks. He already broke Babe Ruth's career walks record earlier this season and holds the major league mark for most steals.
"I never stop marveling at him," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "He is a warrior and he is a walking baseball record."
San Diego's Cesar Crespo drove in four runs, hit two homers and became the seventh player to reach the upper deck in right field at Coors Field.