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Brewers Bash Reds With 5 HRs in 1 Inning

Barry Bonds connects for a homer, No. 1 of the season and No. 709 of his career.
Barry Bonds connects for a homer, No. 1 of the season and No. 709 of his career. (By David Zalubowski -- Associated Press)

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Brewers tied a major league record with five home runs in an inning, a seven-run fourth in an 11-0 victory over the Reds. Bill Hall , Damian Miller , Brady Clark , J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder all connected, marking the first time it had been done in 40 years.

The last club to do it was the Minnesota Twins on June 9, 1966, in the seventh against the Kansas City Athletics. Three other teams have accomplished the feat: the 1939 New York Giants, 1949 Philadelphia Phillies and 1961 San Francisco Giants -- all against Cincinnati as well.

"I guess it could seem unreal," Reds Manager Jerry Narron said.

Reds starter Brandon Claussen gave up four of the homers before getting an out. That also tied a big league record for most home runs allowed in one inning by a pitcher. He is the fourth Reds pitcher to do so, joining Mario Soto , Jeff Austin and Jose Acevedo .

· BONDS GETS OFF THE SCHNEID: Barry Bonds homered for the first time this season, sending a belt-high fastball in the first inning from Rockies RHP Aaron Cook 384 feet to left for his 709th career home run.

After circling the bases at Coors Field, Bonds knocked fists with Giants teammates Moises Alou and Pedro Feliz and Manager Felipe Alou as he descended into the third base dugout to jeers and a scattering of applause.

Bonds moved within five home runs of Babe Ruth for the most by a left-handed hitter (714). It came in his 31st at-bat and 14th game.

In 1998, Bonds didn't homer until his 13th game and 55th at-bat, the longest season-opening drought of his career when healthy. Bonds finished the game 1 for 4.

· WASHOUT IN PHILLY: Yesterday's game in Philadelphia between the Marlins and Phillies was rained out. It has been rescheduled for July 30 at 7:35 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader.

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