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Brewers tip caps to Bonds
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04/12/2004 8:54 PM ET
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Kinney didn't need to watch the ball sail over the right-field fence. He knew it was gone by the way Barry Bonds reacted.

"When I saw him swing, I knew it wasn't a good thing," Kinney said of giving up Bonds' 660th career home run, tying Bonds with Willie Mays for third on the all-time homer list. "I still don't know if it was a strike or not."

Kinney tried to compose himself after allowing the three-run shot, which gave the San Francisco Giants a one-run lead en route to their 7-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

He walked out behind the mound and didn't pay much attention to Bonds' historic trot around the bases.

"If anyone hits a three-run homer against me, I'm pretty upset with myself," said Kinney. "He's probably the best hitter of all time. I'm trying to win a ballgame. It doesn't matter who hit it, it was a bad pitch."

Brewers manager Ned Yost, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area watching Willie Mays, said what Bonds has done is a tremendous accomplishment.

"I'd venture to say there's not another player on this planet better than Barry Bonds," said Yost. "That's a phenomenal feat, but that's the beauty of the game; you match our best against his best. Maybe I'm not smart enough to walk him every time."

Brewers shortstop Craig Counsell had a good view of the ball that sailed 442 feet into the body of water beyond right field known as McCovey Cove. He was certainly impressed.

"For most of us, he's the best player we've ever seen," said Counsell. "It's fun to watch him when he's that good. You don't like it because he beats you, but there's no question there's an appreciation."

Even though Bonds' homer put the Giants in front to stay, the Brewers were able to put the moment in perspective.

"Of course you enjoy it," said Milwaukee's left fielder Geoff Jenkins. "At the time you're upset, but you have to admire what he's done. It's pretty incredible. Bonds can go deep on any pitch. He's the greatest hitter of all time."

Rick Eymer is a contributing writer to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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