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Giants Win, Big Mac Hits 36th


Barry Bonds drove in five runs, all in the first three innings, as the San Francisco Giants overcame Mark McGwire's 36th homer in a 10-8 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

Bonds hit a two-run homer in the first, singled in a run in the second and doubled for two more runs in the third as the Giants rallied from a 7-2 deficit.

Brent Mayne added a pair of RBI doubles for the Giants. Stan Javier had a run-scoring double, J.T. Snow had an RBI single and F.P. Santangelo had a sacrifice fly. San Francisco scored nine runs in the first four innings.

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  • McGwire hit a three-run homer, tying Sammy Sosa for the major league lead, as the Cardinals scored seven unearned runs in the second.

    McGwire's ninth homer in his last 12 games, a shot over the bleachers in left field, tied him with Lou Gehrig for 16th place on the career list with 493 home runs.

    With 255 homers since the start of the 1995 season, McGwire is one home run away from Babe Ruth's record for most homers in five consecutive seasons. Ruth hit 256 in 1926-30.

    McGwire's homer came two batters after Bonds dropped a liner in left field, allowing a run to score. After McGwire's homer, two Cardinals walked and Edgar Renteria had an RBI single before right fielder Stan Javier dropped a liner allowing two more runs to score.

    Felix Rodriguez (2-2) pitched four innings of relief, allowing one run, for the win. Heathcliff Slocumb (2-1), the Cardinals' third pitcher, was the loser.

    Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 29 chances. Nen, who blew a save Saturday and lost Sunday, is 0-3 with two blown saves since the All-Star break.

    But after putting runners on first and second with one out, Nen struck out McGwire on three pitches and Ray Lankford on four pitches to end the game.

    Cardinals right fielder Darren Bragg tumbled into the stands, scaring teammates and fans, while making a spectacular catch in the first inning.

    Bragg raced toward the foul line on a liner hit by Santangelo. He leaped to catch the ball, landing on top of the fence and tumbling onto a conrete walkway. As fans gasped, Cardinals players and trainer Barry Weinberg raced toward Bragg.

    After slowing getting back on his feet and being examined by Weinberg for six minutes, Bragg walked back to his spot in right field. He had an RBI groundout three innings later.

    Notes:

  • Cardinals starter Jose Jimenez allowed seven runs six earned in 2 1-3 innings. Giants starter Russ Ortiz gave up seven runs, all unearned, in two innings. Ortiz walked six and now has walked 19 in his last three starts.
  • Tony La Russa returned as St. Louis manager after missing all or part of the previous seven games with stomach irritation.
  • McGwire has five homers in seven games against the Giants this season.
  • The Giants placed RHP Chris Brock on the 15-day DL with a torn left knee ligament, making room for RHP Livan Hernandez who was obtained Saturday in a trade.
  • Jeff Kent missed the game for the Giants with inflammation in his left foot. He has been told to take anti-inflammatories and will keep his foot in a splint when not playing, and is listed as day-to-day.
  • Ortiz threw 62 pitches in the second inning.
  • The Giants are 5-2 against the Cardinals this year.
  • The loss snapped a four-game St. Louis winning streak.
  • Mayne had four hits, including three doubles that tied a franchise record.

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