posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 12:05 PM
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles dared Barry Bonds to beat them, and he did just that.
Bonds hit his 675th homer and capped a four-run 11th inning with an RBI single, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 9-6 victory Saturday in the
opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Bonds' performance ruined a milestone afternoon by Rafael Palmeiro, who hit two homers to move past Mickey Mantle into 11th place on the career list.
"I was a fan of Mickey Mantle. When I grew up, all my dad talked about was Mickey," Palmeiro said. "To me, he was the guy. To tie and pass him in the
same game, I never thought that would happen to me."
It was only the third time in baseball history that two players with 500 homers connected in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did it in
1970, and Mays and Aaron both homered on May 8, 1971.