• Summary: Barry Bonds was 2-for-11 against San Diego's Clay Hensley heading into Saturday's game, but hit an opposite-field, 382-foot home run in his first at-bat for his 755th career homer to tie Hank Aaron for the all-time record. San Diego's Khalil Greene won the game in the 12th with a walk-off single.
• More Bonds: His homer was his 72nd after age 40, tying Carlton Fisk for the most all-time. He has 21 homers this season, putting him five shy of last season. It took Bonds six games between his 754th and 755th home run while it took him five games to go from 714 to 715.
• Bonds' status: Bonds said in his postgame news conference that he won't play in Sunday's series finale in San Diego. He's said he's opting to celebrate his historic home run with his family.
• Unsung hero: Scott Hairston continued his strong play for the Pads, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run.
• Figure this: August 4 was a historic day in baseball. Bonds not only hit his history-tying homer, but the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run. It was the second day this season to produce multiple MLB milestones. The Astros' Craig Biggio got his 3,000th hit and the Blue Jays' Frank Thomas hit his 500th career homer on June 28.
-- ESPN.com news services
Padres 3, Giants 2 (12 innings)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron's 33-year-old home
run record when he connected for No. 755 Saturday night, but his
San Francisco Giants lost 3-2 to the San Diego Padres. "The hard part is over right now," Bonds said. No. 755 was a strong shot for all the doubters, an
opposite-field drive of 382 feet to left-center, moving Bonds
within one swing of having baseball's pinnacle of power all to
himself. It came on a 2-1, 91 mph fastball. "This is the hardest thing I've had to do in my entire
career," he said. "I had rashes on my head, I felt like I was
getting sick at times." High above the field in a private box, baseball commissioner Bud
Selig was a reluctant witness to history. Choosing to overlook the
steroid allegations that have dogged the San Francisco slugger,
Selig watched Bonds tie Aaron's home run record -- his mouth
agape, hands stuffed in pockets and nary a cheer on his lips.
"No matter what anybody thinks of the controversy surrounding
this event, Mr. Bonds' achievement is noteworthy and remarkable,"
Selig said in a statement.
Khalil Greene lined a bases-loaded single up the middle in the
12th inning off loser Randy Messenger (1-4), the second straight
extra-inning game for the teams. The two-time defending NL West champion Padres beat their former
manager Bruce Bochy and San Francisco for the fourth straight time.
Cla Meredith (4-5) pitched the 12th for the win. San Diego's Scott Hairston homered for the third time in two
games, hitting a leadoff shot in the bottom of the first. Bonds
then started the top of the second with a drive to left-center to
tie Hammerin' Hank after trying since July 27. Bonds left the game
early for the fifth straight night. Padres starter Clay Hensley became the 445th pitcher to
surrender a homer to Bonds, who has hit 87 against the Padres _ his
most against any team. He has 43 in San Diego, his most in any road
city, but it was just his fourth in 78 at-bats at 4-year-old Petco
Park. Giants rookie left-hander Pat Misch was called up from Triple-A
Fresno to make his first major league start and seventh appearance
overall. Hairston homered twice in Friday's 4-3, 10-inning win, hitting
the game-winning shot and driving in all of San Diego's runs. He
left Saturday's game with a bruised left foot. Bonds was not expected to play in the series finale Sunday. The
Giants head home for seven games, starting with the opener of a
four-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday night.<
The game drew 42,497 fans, San Diego's 11th sellout. ...
Giants 1B Rich Aurilia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with
a strained right hamstring. ... Padres sports therapist Kelly
Calabrese, typically on the San Diego bench but away from the club
since mid-June, delivered a son named Timothy Joseph earlier in the