SAN FRANCISCO – Barry Bonds hit career homer No. 705, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3.

Bonds worked the count full, then fouled off a pitch before connecting for his second home run of the season. It was just his fifth start of the year following three operations on his right knee.

Fans jumped to their feet and cheered “Barry! Barry!” and as soon as the ball traveled over the right-field arcade and into the water for his 32nd splash hit. After rounding the bases – with “705” blaring on the scoreboard – Bonds pointed to some fans behind the on-deck circle and smiled. Moments later, he came back out of the dugout and waved and tipped his hat to the sellout crowd of 42,659.

Hong-Chih Kuo became the 415th pitcher to surrender a home run to Bonds, who hit No. 704 Friday night against Brad Penny.

Matheny’s homer off Franquelis Osoria (0-1) helped the Giants win their third straight after losing the opener and take the season series from Los Angeles 10-9.

With Bonds batting cleanup and Moises Alou following in the fifth hole behind him for the first time all year, injury-prone San Francisco moved closer to having its projected lineup coming out of spring training. First baseman J.T. Snow is nursing a pulled hamstring.

Bonds, third on the career home run list, is nine shy of tying Babe Ruth (714). Bonds flied out to left in the first, hit a sacrifice fly in the third and singled in the fifth. He concluded his first week back 5-for-16 with two home runs and three RBIs.

Bonds drove in his 1,845th and 1,846th runs, moving him Carl Yastrzemski and into sole possession of ninth place on the RBIs list.

“Cheater!” one fan hollered during his fifth-inning at-bat.

As for the rest of the game, Alou doubled in his first at-bat after missing six games with a strained left groin and Armando Benitez finished for his 16th save.

Winn hit a two-run homer into the right-field arcade seats in the third for his career-high 17th of the season, and 11th since joining the Giants in a July 30 trade with Seattle. Bonds added a sacrifice fly.

Oscar Robles hit a two-out homer in the third for the Dodgers and Jose Cruz Jr. sent a solo shot over the leaping Bonds in left in the fourth against Noah Lowry, who allowed five runs and two hits in five innings.

After Mike Edwards hit a tying RBI single off Matt Kinney (2-0) in the sixth to make it 3-3, Kinney plunked Jayson Werth on the left shoulder blade to put runners on first and second. Pinch-hitter Brian Myrow singled to right, but Alou made a strong throw home and Matheny tagged Edwards.

Dodgers starter Elmer Dessens, who took Edwin Jackson’s spot in the rotation for this turn, was done after four.

Notes: Winn stole his 19th base in the first, his seventh since joining the Giants in the Seattle trade. … Dodgers rookie Willy Aybar went 0-for-5 and had his eight-game hitting streak snapped. … The mother of Laci Peterson, Sharon Rocha, threw out the ceremonial first pitch as the Giants held a “Resolve to stop the violence” ceremony before the game. A photo was shown on the big screen of Laci, whose husband Scott was sentenced to death for killing her and the couple’s unborn child.

AP-ES-09-18-05 1858EDT


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