- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Barry Bonds hit his 73rd home run yesterday, further extending the major league record he broke two days earlier.
In what could be his final game with the San Francisco Giants, Bonds connected in the first inning off Los Angeles' Dennis Springer. The Giants won the game 2-1.
"This was a great, great way to end it with a victory and a home run. You can't ask for anything better," Bonds said after the game. "I never thought I could do it."
Bonds, who broke Mark McGwire's record by slugging two homers Friday night, homered in his first at-bat yesterday after taking a day off Saturday. He singled in the third, popped out in the sixth and flied out in the eighth.
Instead of feeling the pressure in the final few games of the season, Bonds finished the year in style he hit four homers in his final three games.
Bonds shook his head and shrugged his shoulders, almost in disbelief at what he has accomplished this season, as he took the field for the top of the second inning.
When McGwire set his record of 70 homers in 1998, a mark then thought unbreakable, he hit two homers on the final day of the season and five in his final three games.
Bonds' homer, onto the arcade above the right-field fence, was the 567th of his career leaving him six behind Harmon Killebrew for sixth all-time. Bonds started the season 17th on the career list.
Bonds' 73rd home run also wrapped up another major league record for the Giants' left fielder. He finished the season with a slugging percentage of .863, easily surpassing the record of .847 set by Babe Ruth in 1920.

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