BONDS hits 60th homer

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

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Barry Bonds became the fifth player in baseball history to hit 60 homers in a season, a right field blast in the second inning of San Francisco's game against Arizona on Thursday.

Bonds' shot came off Albie Lopez on a 2-2 count, and the sellout crowd at Pacific Bell Park jumped up as it sailed over the wall. Jeff Kent, waiting on deck, shook hands with a smiling Bonds as he crossed home plate.

As the crowd chanted ``Barry! Barry!'' he made a curtain call and tipped his cap.

Bonds had never hit more than 49 homers in a season before this season. He joined Babe Ruth (60 in 1927), Roger Maris (61 in 1961), Mark McGwire (70 in 1998; 65 in 1999) and Sammy Sosa (66 in 1998; 63 in 1999).