|Barry Bonds is congratulated by teammates Calvin Murray (left) and J.T. Snow after hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning against the Florida Marlins.|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds hit a grand slam into the waters of McCovey Cove on Tuesday night for his major league-leading 51st homer, taking another step on the fastest homer pace in baseball history.
In the sixth inning, Bonds put an 0-2 pitch from Florida right-hander Ricky Bones high over the right-field wall at Pacific Bell Park and into the water. It was Bonds' 10th career grand slam, and his second of the season.
Bonds has hit 51 homers in the Giants' first 119 games. The previous fastest pace was set by the Cubs' Sammy Sosa, who accomplished the feat in 121 games in 1999.
Bonds' homer was his first hit of the night, and it put the Giants up 13-5. He rounded the bases to a standing ovation, then popped out of the dugout for a curtain call.
The homer was the 545th of Bonds' career. He trails Mike Schmidt by three homers for eighth place on baseball's career list.
Bonds also is one homer shy of matching Willie Mays' franchise record for homers in a season. Mays, Bonds' godfather, hit 52 homers in 1965.
Bonds hit 13 of the 18 homers that have landed in McCovey Cove since Pac Bell Park opened last year.
The blast was Bonds' 100th homer in the last two years. He is one of just eight players to hit 100 homers in consecutive seasons.