McGwire Hits 536th Home Run


Monday, May 15th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark McGwire homered in his first two at-bats Sunday, giving him 536 to tie Mickey Mantle for eighth place on the career list.

McGwire passed Jimmie Foxx with his 13th homer of the season, a two-run shot, on a 2-2 hanging curveball from Carlos Perez of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning. It ended a two-game homer drought for the St. Louis Cardinals, who led the major leagues with 76.

Jim Edmonds and McGwire hit consecutive homers in the second, with McGwire sending on a 1-0 curve from Perez into the upper deck in left. The ball curved around the foul pole and was estimated at 487 feet, the longest hit at Busch Stadium this season.

McGwire has 63 career multihomer games, tied with Willie Mays for second on the career list. Babe Ruth is the leader with 72.

McGwire and Edmonds have homered six times in the same game, including Edmonds' last five homers. The Cardinals have hit back-to-back homers 12 times.