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 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Barry Bonds hit his 750th career home run Friday night, pulling the San Francisco slugger within five of tying Hank Aaron's record.
The 42-year-old Bonds watched the ball sail over the wall in right-center, then lowered his head and began his trot. The solo shot against Arizona starter Livan Hernandez leading off the eighth inning tied the game at 3. The main center-field scoreboard immediately featured a road sign reading ``Bonds 750'' in the middle and ``Road to History'' on either side.
Bonds drove a 3-2 pitch an estimated 380 feet for his 16th home run of the season and first in exactly a week since connecting off Yankees reliever Scott Proctor on June 22. It was Bonds' first homer in 14 at-bats and 23 plate appearances - and the fourth of his career against former Giant Hernandez, who last surrendered a home run to Bonds on Aug. 24, 2006. Bonds had an RBI single in the first Friday night, drew his 79th walk in the third and popped out in the sixth.
He received a standing ovation when he walked to left field in the top of the ninth, tipping his hat to the crowd. Bonds' batboy son, Nikolai, is nursing an ankle injury and wasn't at home plate to greet him with a hug as is their typical routine.
The home run came an inning after a fan gave everybody a scare when he hopped the fence and ran out to Bonds in left field. The seven-time NL MVP calmly greeted the man and walked him off and into the custody of security personnel.
The fan came out over the short fence along the left-field line and scurried to Bonds while Orlando Hudson was batting. Bonds didn't flinch, putting his arm around the man and walking him off the field - and fans began chants of ``Barry! Barry!''
The Giants have said they will beef up security during Bonds' chase of Aaron's 755. The club did a trial run with metal detectors at some gates Friday leading up to All-Star game festivities next month.
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