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Bonds sets home run record

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Barry Bonds wasted no time in becoming baseball's single-season home run record holder Friday night, hitting the second pitch he saw in the first inning over the right-centerfield wall for his 71st of the year.

Three years after Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals raised the record by nine and seemingly set a mark that would perhaps last for generations, Bonds roared past it with two days remaining in the season.

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The San Francisco outfielder, having seen his team fall behind by five runs in the top of the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, came to bat with two outs and none on in the bottom half of the inning.

Los Angeles starter Chan Ho Park missed the strike zone with his first delivery to Bonds and then threw a fast ball that was tailing away toward the outside corner.

That was good enough for Bonds, who crushed the pitch and stood briefly at home plate to admire his history-making effort.

After being mobbed his his teammates at home plate and then trotting over to the stands to receive a hug from his wife, Bonds motioned to his teammates to keep the game going.

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The home run record of 60 established by Babe Ruth in baseball's golden era lasted 34 years before it was broken by Roger Maris in 1961.

The record of 61 set by Marris lasted 37 years before McGwire shattered it in 1998. McGwire's record did not last three full seasons.

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