NATIONAL LEAGUE Bonds hits a pair of long bombs



His career total stands at 696.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Barry Bonds is counting home runs, not the feet in which they travel.
"Who cares where it goes," the San Francisco slugger said. "As long as they go over the yellow line."
Bonds hit a pair of mammoth two-run homers -- giving him 696 in his career -- and went 4-for-5 with six RBIs Sunday night, leading the Giants to a 9-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.
The home runs that flew an estimated total of 929 feet were the second and third longest in Turner Field history. Bonds added a two-run single in the sixth inning to help end Atlanta's season-best, six-game winning streak.
Bonds had a chance for his first five-hit game in the eighth, but rookie right-hander Roman Colon struck him out with a sinker.
Easy on the eyes
"I was tired," said a smiling Bonds, who spoke with reporters for over 10 minutes. "I saw eight baseballs."
He was not surprised that the Braves ignored a common trend and pitched to him.
"They're going to win their division so there's no need to walk me," said Bonds, who has drawn 183 walks -- 93 intentional -- this season.
"I don't believe they were trying to groove it, but they were pitching to him," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said.
As Bonds trotted around the bases after ripping his first homer, a belt-high fastball from Russ Ortiz that flew 467 feet into the right field stands in the third inning, the partisan Atlanta fans stood and cheered. When he trotted out to left field after giving the Giants a 2-0 lead, fans seated there gave him another standing ovation.
The blast, the second longest ever at the stadium that opened in 1997, scored J.T. Snow, who had singled. The homer was bested only by a shot by Sammy Sosa that traveled 471 feet at the Atlanta park on Sept. 1, 2001.
Bonds hit his 38th in his next at-bat in the fifth inning, also after a single by Snow, who had three of San Francisco's 14 hits. Bonds drilled an 88 mph fastball from Ortiz into the same area. This one went 462 feet, gave the Giants a 5-2 lead.
"We wanted to pitch to him in those situations. But, certainly we wanted to make better pitches," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.
Asked about approaching 700 homers, Bonds replied: "I haven't thought much about it."

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