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Bonds' 55th HR Comes In A Pinch As Giants Top Expos 10-5.
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Release: 08/24/2001
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Aug. 24, 2001

MONTREAL (AP) - Barry Bonds knows he has at least one friend on the San Francisco Giants.

Bonds hit his major league-leading 55th home run, breaking a ninth-inning tie with a pinch-hit shot to lead the Giants to a 10-5 win over the Montreal Expos on Thursday night.

Bonds was the subject of a scathing column in Sports Illustrated this week in which he was portrayed as setting himself apart from his teammates.

Some of the harshest comments came from Giants second baseman Jeff Kent, who hit his 18th homer in the sixth inning, then ignored Bonds' congratulatory gesture in the dugout.

Andres Galarraga, however, sought out Bonds after his second homer of the game - a two-run shot in the eighth that tied it at 5.

"When I hit the second one I said, 'Now you have to come into the game to be the hero,' so as soon as he hit it, I felt like it worked," said Galarraga, who drove in four runs.

Bonds, who passed Mike Schmidt for eighth place on the career list with 549 homers, is glad to be a teammate of Galarraga's. "The Big Cat" was acquired from Texas on July 24.

"Cat and I go back to 1985, so we've been friends a long time," Bonds said. "I'm glad to see him playing again. He wasn't too happy on the other side. He's really happy over here in the National League and he's enjoying it."

Bonds, out of the starting lineup to get a rest, batted for pitcher Felix Rodriguez with one out in the ninth. Left-hander Graeme Lloyd (8-4) relieved, and Bonds hit a 3-1 pitch well over the right-field wall.

"That pitch got what it deserved," Lloyd said. "It was Barry Bonds up there, but you can't throw that pitch in the big leagues, especially in a tie ballgame in the ninth. I'd rather put him on than give that pitch. It hung up there for him."

It was Bonds' first pinch-hit home run since July 5, 1989. Entering the game, he was 0-for-3 as a pinch-hitter this season and 10-for-54 in his career. It was his third career pinch-hit homer, with his other two coming for Pittsburgh against San Francisco.

"I'm not good at it - I stink at it," Bonds said. "I've never been able to figure out how to prepare myself for that role. It worked out and we got the win, that's the most important thing."

The Expos were the only NL team that Bonds had not homered against this season, and he connected in the Giants' final game against them.

"You'd hate to end the game with him on the bench, so you just try to pick the right spot," San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said.

Bonds needs 16 homers in the last 35 games to break Mark McGwire's record of 70.

After Bonds homered, pinch-hitter Shawon Dunston followed with a home run. Dunston's shot was the Giants' franchise-record 12th pinch-hit homer of the year.

Galarraga added an RBI single as the Giants scored three more times in the ninth.

Rodriguez (7-1) pitched the eighth, getting Mark Smith to hit into an inning-ending double play with the go-ahead run on third.

The Giants moved within 1{ games of NL West-leading Arizona. San Francisco has won 20 of 26.

Galarraga hit a solo homer off Tomo Ohka in the fourth to make it 1-all.

The Expos scored four in the fourth off Livan Hernandez to take a 5-1 lead. Smith hit an RBI single, and Geoff Blum blooped a two-run double. Ohka, who singled in the third for his first major league hit, knocked in another run with a suicide squeeze.

Calvin Murray hit an RBI single in the fifth, and Kent homered leading off the sixth to draw San Francisco to 5-3.

Notes: Giants LHP Shawn Estes was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. ... Montreal SS Orlando Cabrera has made just one error in 51 games.

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