Bonds ties Aaron for NL homer mark
09/22/2006 10:29 PM ET
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
DENVER -- Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit career homer 733 on Friday night at Miller Park, tying Hank Aaron for the National League's all-time home run record.
The blast off Milwaukee reliever Chris Spurling in the sixth inning was Bonds' 25th four-bagger of the season and leaves him 22 homers shy of Aaron's Major League mark of 755 career homers. Hammerin' Hank also slugged 22 homers over two seasons with the American League Milwaukee Brewers in 1975-76.
Bonds, who boasts 557 homers in a Giants uniform, has been on an offensive tear over his last 26 games, hitting .400 with nine homers, and he had already doubled twice and driven in three runs prior to the three-run shot off Spurling.
The blast boosted the Giants into an 11-10 lead, and Bonds' six RBIs tied a season high for San Francisco.
Spurling became the 433rd pitcher to allow a homer to Bonds.
Although hitting just .273 overall, improved health -- especially in his knees -- has meant a sturdier platform at the plate, where Bonds can use his legs and arms in a powerful symmetry.
Bonds' homer was his ninth clout in his last 20 games.