Aug. 17, 2001
By The Associated Press
Barry Bonds is getting closer to Mark McGwire's record, and his latest feat knocked Willie Mays off the top of the Giants' home run list.
Bonds hit two home runs Thursday, boosting his major league-leading total to 53 as he led San Francisco over the Florida Marlins 5-3 on Thursday.
Bonds surpassed the team record of 52 homers by Mays in 1965.
"I'm accomplishing things I never thought I could do," Bonds said. "I was surprised by (hitting) 50 homers, because I had never done it. When I had 39 at the All-Star break, I was surprised. I just hope I can carry it on all the way through."
Bonds hit a solo homer in the fourth, then put the Giants in front with a three-run drive in the eighth. With 41 games left in San Francisco's season, he is 17 homers short of McGwire's record.
Bonds' first homer also broke the NL record for left-handed hitters, set by Johnny Mize with the New York Giants in 1947.
San Francisco, leading the NL wild card race, won for the 17th time in 20 games and moved within a half-game of idle Arizona, the NL West leader.
A.J. Burnett (8-9) allowed just two hits over the first seven innings, but pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz led off the eighth with a double, and Marvin Benard drove him home.
Rich Aurilia then singled, and the Marlins brought in Vic Darensbourg to face Bonds. After having words with umpire Mike Winters over a called strike, Bonds crushed Darensbourg's next pitch, then momentarily stood in the batter's box to watch as the ball soared over the fence in one of the deepest parts of Pacific Bell Park.
Bonds, who said he only hoped to move the runners along before Darensbourg fed him an inside fastball, rounded the bases to a ground-shaking ovation, then stepped out of the dugout for a curtain call.