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Bonds stuck at 753
Giants earn split with Braves
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San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds reacts after flying out to end the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves in San Francisco. - photo by Associated Press
   SAN FRANCISCO — The closest Barry Bonds came to a home run was watching Jeff Francoeur’s drive sail over his head into the left-field seats.
    Dave Roberts hit a tying, two-run double in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Ray Durham’s single to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Thursday.
    The 43-year-old Bonds went 1-for-4 with a double to left-center and remained at 753 home runs, two shy of tying Hank Aaron’s record.
    Bonds made two nice catches against the wall but extended his homerless stretch to five games and 18 at-bats since connecting twice against the Chicago Cubs on July 19 at Wrigley Field, his 18th and 19th homers this year. Bonds is 3-for-18 since then and 6-for-42 (.143) since singling at Cincinnati on July 5, he is 6-for-42 (.143).
    Baseball commissioner Bud Selig attended his third straight Giants game, hoping to be present for the historic shots.
    Bob DuPuy, MLB’s president and chief operating officer, will attend the Giants’ weekend games against Florida while commissioner Bud Selig is in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
    Back in the starting lineup after a night off, he popped out to third base leading off the second and fouled to the catcher for the second out in the fourth, tossing his bat and catching it in his hand before carrying it in by the barrel.