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“He’s one of the most special players the game has ever had,” Lilly said. “A lot of the negative attention has been unfortunate, not only for him but for the game. I don’t know what the facts are in his history. I respect him.”

Bonds‘ second homer got the Giants within 9-8 and gave him six RBI on the day, his most since driving in six runs Sept. 22 at Milwaukee. It was his seventh career game with at least six RBI.

The second one also moved Bonds past Carlton Fisk for most home runs by a player in a year he turns at least 43. Fisk hit 18 at age 43 in 1990 and 18 more the following year at 44. Bonds needs two more homers not only to match Hammerin’ Hank’s record but also to tie Fisk’s 72 homers after turning 40.