Braves 4, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds' home fans might have to wait a while to celebrate history.

John Smoltz silenced the sellout crowd eager to see another home run, keeping Bonds stuck at 753 in the Atlanta Braves' 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants last night in San Francisco.

Bonds returned from a seven-game trip two homers shy of tying Hank Aaron's record of 755 but was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk.

His eighth-inning single up the middle off Rafael Soriano was his first hit since connecting for two homers Thursday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Commissioner Bud Selig was a no-show for Bonds' welcome home party on a picture-perfect summer night in the Bay Area, where Bonds faced another one of the Hammer's former teams in the opener of a four-game series.

The Giants took two of three in a weekend series at Milwaukee, where Aaron started and finished his career.

Brian McCann hit a three-run double in the first to stake Smoltz (10-5) to a quick lead. Smoltz has surrendered eight home runs to Bonds but none since giving up two on August ninth, 1998.


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