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Padres fall to Bonds, Giants09/18/2004 12:55 AM ET
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds made history by hitting his 700th career home run Friday night, but that was merely a footnote. By dropping the 4-1 decision to the Giants in front of 42,526, the Padres took the most serious blow to their dimming postseason hopes. While Bonds' blast traveled 392 feet into the left-center field stands, it was a hit that went about 90 feet that carried as much weight, if not more. In a shaky first inning, Padres starter Jake Peavy allowed three runs and three hits and hit two batters, which was plenty of offense to pace the Giants. After Ray Durham poked a leadoff double to left-center in the bottom of the first, Michael Tucker hit a bunt single past the mound and toward second. Mark Loretta charged and threw to first, but not in time to catch Tucker. "That changed the whole composure of the first inning," Peavy said. "If that ball is hit a little bit harder to Lo -- but he popped it up into no-man's land. You don't realize how big it was at the time. If that ball is hit anywhere else, we've got [a man on] third base and one out." Peavy then tried to go inside with a cutter but hit Bonds to load the bases and followed that with an encore by hitting J.T. Snow to force in a run. The Giants were off and running in an inning that effectively decided the game. By the time Bonds stepped to the plate and made history in the third, the game was in hand behind a solid effort by Giants starter Noah Lowry. For the record, Bonds went deep on an 0-1 curveball from Peavy to join Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth as the only players in Major League history to hit at least 700 career homers. "I hate to see it against us in such an important game like this, but it's a great accomplishment," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's hard to believe that someone can hit 700 home runs. The third guy to ever do it in this game." But the kicker for the Padres is they fell four games back of the Giants in the National League Wild Card race with the loss and 6 1/2 games behind the Dodgers, who rallied to win at Colorado, in the NL West. The Giants also got the job done in the field, turning a number of great defensive plays including two double plays that erased leadoff singles, one in the sixth and another in the seventh. "That might have been the best game on defense I've seen those guys play since I've played with them," former Giant Rich Aurilia said. "They made some nice plays out there tonight."
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