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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds never doubted he would hit a home run within a few days of his season debut.
He needed 11 at-bats after a season-long layoff to hit No. 704.
Bonds moved one homer closer to Hank Aaron's record of 755 with a solo shot Friday night in the slugger's fourth start of the year, and Todd Linden singled in the winning run with one out in the ninth to lead the San Francisco Giants over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4.
"It's good when you win. It just makes it a little more gratifying, that's all it does," Bonds said. "I can hit a baseball. I've never had any problems doing that. I'm trying to do it when we win games."
Bonds, who missed most of the year recovering from three operations on his right knee since Jan. 31, sent a 1-0 curveball from Los Angeles starter Brad Penny into the seats in right-center in the first inning.
Pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee hit a tying two-run single in the eighth for the Dodgers, but Linden replaced Bonds and came up with a clutch broken-bat base hit to right off Duaner Sanchez (4-6) that scored pinch-runner Doug Clark from second. Clark ran for Edgardo Alfonzo, who drew a leadoff walk.
"I lost the game by walking the guy, but I don't know how he hit that ball," Sanchez said.
It was the 41-year-old Bonds' first home run since a solo shot Sept. 26 last year against the Dodgers' Jeff Weaver, a span of 355 days. When Bonds made contact, flashbulbs flickered from all directions and fans instantly jumped to their feet in SBC Park and started roaring.
Bonds is third on the career list, trailing only Babe Ruth (714) and Aaron. His homer gave the Giants a 2-0 lead and came three batters after Randy Winn led off with his career-high 15th home run.
He's not ready to start thinking about passing Ruth.
"I'm not worried about that right now," Bonds said. "If I can keep playing, it'll happen. If I don't, it won't happen."
Bonds' first RBI of the season also moved him into a ninth-place tie on the career list with Carl Yastrzemski with 1,844.
"It was a curveball, a stupid pitch," Penny said. "He hasn't proven he can hit a fastball yet."
Bonds hit a high popup to shortstop Oscar Robles in the fourth, then drew his first intentional walk of the year in the fifth with Vizquel on second following a two-run double. Fans waved their rubber chickens as is custom whenever Bonds gets a free pass -- he drew a major league-record 232 walks in 2004.
Bonds popped out foul to the catcher leading off the eighth with the game tied at 4, then Linden replaced him in left field.
Bonds returned to the Giants' starting lineup Monday in the opener of a three-game series against San Diego. He is expected to take Saturday's game off because it's a day game that follows a night game.
"We have to respect the fact he's playing all those innings and getting all those at-bats," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "We believe he's going to hit one every time up."
Winn hit his second leadoff homer since joining the Giants on July 30 in a trade from Seattle. He also hit a leadoff shot last Thursday against the Chicago Cubs. This was the seventh leadoff homer of his career.
Winn, who hit for the cycle once this year, also doubled and singled twice.
"It's a tough game to lose after the manner in which we came back," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "One of the first things to stave off on the road is a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth. More often than not, it comes back to haunt you, and it did."
The Dodgers tied it at 2 in the fifth with three hits against Brett Tomko, including Jayson Werth's RBI triple and a run-scoring single by Penny.
Vizquel lined a double off the wall in right in the bottom of the fifth, but the bullpen blew it and Tomko's winless stretch reached eight starts. The right-hander pitched 6 2/3 solid innings but hasn't won since July 22 against Florida. He allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked one.
Willy Aybar, Hee-Seop Choi, Jeff Kent and Dioner Navarro each had two hits for Los Angeles, which fell back into a second-place tie with San Francisco, 5½ games behind San Diego, which lost 5-1 to Washington.
|Barry Bonds is 51 home runs behind Hank Aaron, and needs 11 to pass Babe Ruth. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Willy Aybar, 3B||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.406|
|Hee Seop Choi, 1B||5||0||2||0||0||2||5||.254|
|Oscar Robles, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||.276|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.297|
|Jose Jr. Cruz, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||5||.243|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Edwards, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.259|
|a- Jason Repko, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.218|
|Dioner Navarro, C||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.287|
|Jayson Werth, CF||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.248|
|b- Ricky Ledee, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.289|
|Edwin Jackson, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Yhency Brazoban, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Grabowski, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.159|
|Brad Penny, P||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||.160|
|c- Brian Myrow, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Giovanni Carrara, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Jose Valentin, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.172|
|a-popped out for Edwards in the 8th|
|b-singled for Werth in the 8th|
|c-flied out for Penny in the 7th|
|d-struck out for Carrara in the 8th|
|2B - Dioner Navarro (7, Tomko)|
|3B - Jayson Werth (2, Tomko)|
|RBI - Jayson Werth (40), Ricky Ledee 2 (37), Brad Penny (3)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Duaner Sanchez (L,4-6)||0.1||1||1||1||1||0||0||3.49|
|IBB - Bonds by Brad Penny|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 98-65, Giovanni Carrara 11-7, Yhency Brazoban 17-9, Duaner Sanchez 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 4-9, Giovanni Carrara 1-1, Yhency Brazoban 1-1, Duaner Sanchez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Brad Penny 26, Giovanni Carrara 4, Yhency Brazoban 3, Duaner Sanchez 3|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Randy Winn, CF||4||2||4||1||0||0||0||.294|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.273|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.260|
|Barry Bonds, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.231|
|Julio Ramirez, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ray Durham, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.302|
|Lance Niekro, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.257|
|Jason Ellison, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Scott Eyre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Armando Benitez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Edgardo Alfonzo, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.285|
|Doug Clark, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Matheny, C||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.246|
|Brett Tomko, P||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.146|
|Todd Linden, RF-LF||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.217|
|a-walked for Benitez in the 9th|
|2B - Randy Winn (43, Penny), Omar Vizquel (28, Penny)|
|HR - Randy Winn (15, Penny), Barry Bonds (1, Penny)|
|SH - Mike Matheny (3)|
|RBI - Randy Winn (53), Omar Vizquel 2 (44), Barry Bonds (1), Todd Linden (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Barry Bonds (1)|
|SB - Omar Vizquel (23, 2nd base off Penny/Navarro)|
|PK - Randy Winn (1, Carrara)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Durham-Niekro|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Scott Eyre (H,31)||0.2||3||2||2||0||0||0||2.86|
|LaTroy Hawkins (BS,8)||0.2||1||0||0||1||2||0||3.76|
|Armando Benitez (W,2-2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.01|
|HBP - Navarro (by Brett Tomko)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 111-72, Scott Eyre 16-10, LaTroy Hawkins 16-7, Armando Benitez 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 4-9|
|Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 29, Scott Eyre 5, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Armando Benitez 3|
|Attendance - 42962|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|