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Bonds Becomes Baseball's National League Home Run Leader


San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds has become Major League Baseball's National League home run leader after hitting his 734th career homer Saturday.

Bonds topped hall of famer Hank Aaron's NL record with a solo shot in the third inning in a contest against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Giants went on to lose 10-8. Aaron remains baseball's all-time home run leader with a career total of 755.

In other NL action, the Philadelphia Phillies slipped past the Florida Marlins 8-6 to continue their push for a National League wild card berth. The New York Mets rallied past the Washington Nationals 12-6, the Houston Astros scored two homers to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4, and the Chicago Cubs rolled to an 11-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Colorado Rockies edged the Atlanta Braves 10-9, the San Diego Padres topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 to hold on to their NL West division lead, and the Arizona Diamondbacks went 9-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the American League, Detroit's Curtis Granderson homered, tripled and drove in three runs in a 10-run first inning to help the Tigers pound the Kansas City Royals 15-4 and improve their AL playoff chances. Detroit has a one-and-a-half game lead over the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central division title after suffering the worst record in the AL only three years ago.

Elsewhere in the American League, the Los Angeles Angels kept Oakland from winning the American League West title with a 6-2 victory over the Athletics. The Minnesota Twins knocked off the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 to maintain their wild card hopes. Minnesota's win eliminated the Boston Red Sox from post season contention. For their part, the Red Sox lost 5-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays shut out the major league leading New York Yankees 8-0, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 6-3.

Some information for this report was provided by AP

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