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SAN FRANCISCO -- After the Giants' 6-3 loss against the Rockies on Sunday, the number 715 stood on the Giants scoreboard for hours. The Giants' clubhouse had a champagne celebration and exhaled a sigh of relief.

"We're glad that it's over," manager Felipe Alou said of Barry Bonds' 715th homer to pass Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list. "I know that the teammates had a little bit of a celebration. They didn't win the game, but it was wonderful that everybody had their picture taken and stuff like that.

"But it's over and, like I said before, we need a lot of home runs now. People don't have to count them anymore, but we need a few to win some ballgames."

Steve Finley, who was on first base when Bonds hit the homer, said that the atmosphere around the Giants will be much different without the media circus surrounding the home run chase.

"[It will be a] little strange not having anybody around," Finley said. "We will be able to walk to the clubhouse in a straight line now instead of having to zig and zag.

Bonds' milestone homer came on a 3-2 pitch from Byung-Hyun Kim to center field in the fourth inning.

After the 445-foot blast, play was stopped as Bonds had two curtain calls and two banners were unveiled by the Giants scoreboard. The one on the left had a picture of Bonds, and Hank Aaron was on the right with the number 755.

"Well, I'm glad for Barry," Alou said. "When he hit it, I knew it was gone. Actually, before the pitch even got in, I knew it was going to be gone."

But even with the standing ovations from the 42,935 at AT&T Park and the unveiling of the number 715 on the left-field wall, Alou said he sensed something different after the homer compared to No. 714.

"It looked like there was a lack of interest for 715 [compared to] 714," Alou said. "Even here, we didn't feel the same way.

"I think after 714, [the pitchers] were making it possible. [The Rockies] walked him a lot in the past and they were pitching to him."

Finley, on the other hand, didn't feel the same way.

"There's been a lot of electricity in the air in each game leading up to 715," Finley said. "I'm glad he got a chance to hit the homer in front of the hometown fans. I'm really excited to be a part of it. It's fun to be a part of history in the game."

The 41-year-old Finley also said that Bonds was feeling confident before Sunday's game.

"When we were in the batting cage before the game, [Bonds] said that if [Kim] leaves one in there, it's going to be gone, and he lived up to his words," Finley said. "Kim made one mistake and he made him pay for it."

Jamey Wright, who got his fourth loss of the season in the game, said that the event would be a great fish tale in the future.

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"When I tell my grandchildren what happened, I will tell them that I threw seven scoreless [innings]," said Wright, who gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings. "I will lie right through my teeth."

Veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel said that he expects Bonds to pick up the pace with the pressure of No. 715 being gone and that Bonds was a driving force for him coming to the Bay Area.

"One of the reasons I came to San Francisco was to play with one of the best players to ever play the game," said Vizquel, who is in his second season with the Giants. "It's exciting to see every time he comes to the plate and how people treat him."

Perhaps the best news for the Giants' future this season is what Alou saw from his slugger after the home run.

"I saw a more relaxed guy," Alou said. "He's settling into a hitter that [can] hit all kinds of singles, doubles and home runs. No triples."

Ryan Quinn is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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