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Mets overcome Bonds' 64th career multihomer game

Posted: Tuesday August 12, 2003 10:26 PM
Updated: Wednesday August 13, 2003 4:23 AM

  Barry Bonds Bonds belted solo homers off Aaron Heilman in the third inning and off David Weathers in the ninth to increase his season total to 37. AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barry Bonds homered twice, giving 650 in his career, but the New York Mets overcame his power display to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Tuesday night.

Bonds leads the majors with 37 home runs. He hit a pair of solo shots, with his drive in the ninth inning moving him within 10 of Willie Mays for third place on the all-time list.

The Mets used a three-run second inning against Sidney Ponson to jump-start their third victory in five meetings with the NL West leaders this season.

Rookie Aaron Heilman (2-5) allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings to snap a three-game personal losing streak in front of a Shea Stadium crowd that included former President Bill Clinton.

High-Yield Bonds
No. Date Victim
1 6/04/86 Craig McMutry
50 5/13/88 Ron Robinson
100 7/12/90 Andy Benes
150 5/02/92 Xavier Hernandez
200 7/08/93 Jose DeLeon
250 7/18/94 Shawn Boskie
300 4/27/96 John Burkett
350 6/22/97 Chan Ho Park
400 8/23/98 Kirt Ojala
450 4/15/00 Todd Stottlemyre
500 4/17/01 Terry Adams
550 8/27/01 Kevin Appier
600 8/09/02 Kip Wells
650 8/12/03 David Weathers
 

Heilman came out to pitch the sixth, but was replaced by Grant Roberts to start the inning. It wasn't immediately known why the right-hander left.

David Weathers pitched two innings for his third save in four chances.

Ponson (0-2), acquired by the NL West leaders in a trade with Baltimore last week, labored through his second start with the Giants. He gave up five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. The bulky right-hander was 14-6 with a 3.77 ERA with the Orioles.

Jason Phillips was 2-for-4 with a homer, double and a walk, and Jose Reyes was 2-for-4 with an RBI double as the Mets stopped a two-game losing streak.

The Mets took an early lead with three runs in the second inning. Phillips led off with a double and moved to third on Ty Wigginton's foul out to right one out later. Vance Wilson followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Wilson moved to second on a wild pitch, and Ponson intentionally walked Joe McEwing.

Heilman followed with his first major league hit -- an RBI single to center. Roger Cedeno made it 3-0 with an RBI single.

After being intentionally walked his first time up, Bonds hit his 36th homer in the third to cut the deficit to 3-1. The slugger hit Heilman's first pitch into the first deck of seats in right field.

 
Clinton a big hit
NEW YORK -- Even with Barry Bonds in the ballpark, President Bill Clinton was the biggest hit at Shea Stadium on Tuesday night.

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The fans, who loudly booed Bonds when he came up, stood and cheered the slugger as he crossed the plate.

In the bottom of the inning, Phillips hit his eighth homer of the season on a 3-2 pitch from Ponson to make it 4-1.

San Francisco got two back in the fifth on an RBI single by Bonds and a run-scoring groundout by Benito Santiago.

Reyes gave the Mets a two-run cushion with an RBI double in the seventh.

Notes: Mets C Mike Piazza, recovering from a severely strained groin, was scheduled to play nine innings at catcher in Class AAA Norfolk's game against Richmond on Tuesday night. Depending on how he feels, Piazza could rejoin the Mets on Wednesday. ... Giants 1B J.T. Snow left the game in the fifth with tightness in his left groin. He is day-to-day. ... The Mets showed a video tribute in honor of former infielder Edgardo Alfonzo before the game. Alfonzo, who played 2B in the game, signed with the Giants as a free agent in the offseason.

 
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