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LP R. Dempster (1-2) 5 1/3IP 5H 5R 5ER 5BB 4SO 1HR 7.22 ERA
For the first time this series, the game started on time. The starters were Kirk Rueter for the Giants and youngster Ryan Dempster for the Reds. Rueter had dominated the Reds in the past, entering today's match with a lifetime record of 9-1 against Cincinnati. Today was no different.
Rueter delivered a masterful performance, holding the Reds to only one run and four hits over six innings while striking out 4, his season record. The only run against Rueter came in the sixth inning when Felipe Lopez lead off the inning with a triple and was brought home a batter later when the red-hot Jose Guillen flied out.
Dempster wasn't so lucky. The Giants immediately started something against the righty in the bottom of the first when Ray Durham walked to lead off the inning. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Aurilia started his perfect day by singling to score Durham. Aurilia would go 4-4 with 1 RBI, a double, and two runs scored.
The Reds starter would continually put runners on but was able to get out of most of them. However n the sixth inning the Giants started a two-out rally when Ray Durham hit a ground rule double followed by a bases on balls issued to Aurilia. Alfonzo then stroked a line drive over the left field wall off Dempster to pick up three RBI.
In the sixth, Benito Santiago walked to lead off the inning and moved to second when J.T. Snow followed that with a single. Both runners advanced on Marquis Grissom's sacrifice bunt. Dempster was then lifted for Gabe White who then intentionally walked pinch-hitter Andres Galaragga to load the bases. Neifi Perez hit a fly ball to left field deep enough to drive in the Giants' fifth run of the game.
Edgardo Alfonzo would add one last run in the bottom of the seventh by slamming a single to drive in Aurilia who had doubled earlier.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo. He went 2-5 with 4 RBI and has finally gotten of the interstate with the season average of .206. Good job, Fonzie! Also, to Aurilia, who had been slumping with a dry-eye problem, hit three singles and a double today. And of course, Kirk Rueter, who, as usual, delivered a winning performance.
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