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Friday, 25 October, 2002, 04:17 GMT 05:17 UK
Bonds on the brink
Barry Bonds connects during Thursday's game in San Francisco.
Barry Bonds punished the Angels' pitching
San Francisco 16-4 Anaheim
Giants lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Barry Bonds stands on the brink of winning his first World Series after helping San Francisco to an emphatic 16-4 win over Anaheim.

The big slugger had three hits on the night, taking advantage of the Angels' decision to pitch to him instead of serving up walks.

But he was upstaged by his middle-order team-mate Jeff Kent, who smashed two huge home runs into the PacBell Park stands.

Jeff Kent
Kent belted two homers
The Giants are now one win away from landing the 2002 Fall Classic, but must travel to Los Angeles for the remaining games in the series.

Having made terrible starts to their first two home games, San Francisco opened up a 6-0 cushion within two innings courtesy of RBIs from Bonds and Benito Santiago.

And, although the hosts gave up a flurry of runs to Anaheim in the fifth, Kent then put the game away with back-to-back homers.


It's hard not to have fun when you're hitting balls halfway to the moon
Giants boss Dusty Baker on Barry Bonds
Rich Aurelia also got in on the act with a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth as delirious Giants fans started their celebrations.

The game was almost marred by a strange incident towards the end, however.

Giants coach Dusty Baker's son unintentionally got mixed up in the action by stepping onto the field too early to collect Kenny Lofton's discarded bat.

As JT Snow raced to score at homeplate, he was forced to sweep the three-year-old boy into his arms, and dragged him out of harm's way.

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