Henderson moves within one run of tying Ty

Wednesday, September 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The next time Rickey Henderson steps to the plate, he could tie Ty.

Henderson, who already holds baseball's career record for stolen bases and walks, scored twice Tuesday night to move within one run of matching Ty Cobb's mark.

``It's more of a team record than an individual record, and I could never score as many runs as I have without my teammates,'' Henderson said after leading the San Diego Padres over the Colorado Rockies 8-7.

Henderson increased his runs total to 2,244. He also got two hits, and needs only five for No. 3,000.

While Barry Bonds did not go deep _ he stayed at 67 _ in San Francisco's 9-5 loss to Los Angeles, Milwaukee's Jeromy Burnitz and Richie Sexson made home-run history.

Burnitz and Sexson became the first pair of teammates to each hit three home runs in a game, doing it in the Brewers' 9-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

``It's definitely something that I'll look back on when my career is over and say that I was part of something that's pretty rare,'' Sexson said. ``I'm very privileged to even play the game, then for Jeromy and I to do something that's never been done, I guess it will sink in in a couple of days.''

In other NL games, Atlanta beat Florida 5-2 in 11 innings, Cincinnati stopped Philadelphia 8-1, St. Louis edged Houston 3-2, New York blanked Montreal 2-0, and Pittsburgh routed Chicago 13-1.

Henderson, who also holds the major league mark for leadoff homers, has made it clear that the runs record is the one that's most important to him.

No telling how he might celebrate when he passes Cobb, possibly Wednesday night at Coors Field.

When Henderson broke Lou Brock's stolen base record in 1991, he yanked the base out of the ground and proclaimed that he was the ``greatest of all-time.''

Who knows _ maybe Rickey might bring a shovel out of the dugout and dig up the plate.

``I can't believe the milestones,'' San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. ``He has the fountain of youth going for him and he is playing some great ball right now.''

Henderson, 42, hit a two-run double and scored in the third inning. He hit an RBI single and scored in the fourth.

``If you play as a team and win as a team and lose as a team, you score the runs as a team,'' he said. ``Maybe I'm the one that gets the number that goes with the record, but the team is most important.''