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LP J. Nathan (5-2) 1 2/3IP 3H 4R 4ER 1BB 3SO 2HR 3.64 ERA
The Giants scored early and often off Rockies starting pitcher Jason Jennings, with two runs in both the second and third innings and single runs in the fourth and fifth. The first two runs came on a Ruben Rivera opposite-field home run, his second of the year. That put the Giants up 2-1, and they struck again in the third with consecutive two-out doubles from cleanup hitter Benito Santiago and J.T. Snow. In the fifth, an RBI single off the bat of red-hot Neifi Perez drove in Rivera from third and gave San Francisco a 5-1 lead. The Giants scored once more in the sixth on an RBI triple from Pedro Feliz. With Snow at first base after leading off with a four-pitch walk, Feliz spanked a ball to the wall in right field, and the carom took the ball past Larry Walker and back toward center. Snow came around to score the Giants' sixth run, and they had put some distance between themselves and the Rockies.
A fact that has been proven time and again, no lead is a comfortable lead at Coors Field. San Francisco starter Kirk Rueter allowed a run in the first, but followed that up with three shutout innings. However, the fifth inning brought considerable difficulty for Rueter. Ronnie Belliard led off with a double to deep center field and scored on a one-out single by Todd Helton, who picked up his second RBI of the game and his 40th of the season. Helton's single was followed by three more, two of which drove in runs. Jose Hernandez's run-scoring hit brought the Rockies within two runs of the Giants and chased Rueter from the game. With two on and one out, Felipe Alou summoned right-hander Joe Nathan, who has now allowed 14 hits, six home runs, and 12 earned runs in his last 7.1 innings, to face Charles Johnson. Johnson promptly sent a 2-1 pitch just over the wall in left, completing the Colorado comeback in putting the Rockies up 7-6.
The Giants, still stunned from the quick fifth-inning turnaround, went quietly in the top of the sixth against relief pitcher Brian Fuentes, going 1-2-3 with the help of a double play ball. The Rockies, however, weren't done. After putting up a six-spot in the fifth, they came back with three more in the sixth as Joe Nathan gave up his second three-run homer of the game, this time to center fielder Preston Wilson. The Rockies tacked on single runs in both the seventh and the eighth to defeat the Giants 12-7 and improve their record to 24-27.
Game Notes: Ray Durham, activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, did not start but played two innings at second base after appearing as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. In the ninth inning, Pedro Feliz hit his third home run in four days as Barry Bonds' backup.
SFDugout's Players of the Game: Pedro Feliz and Neifi Perez. Feliz started in left field for the fourth consecutive game and went 1-2 with a home run, two walks, two RBI, and two runs scored. Neifi Perez finished a 9-16 series with three hits in four trips to the plate in the final contest. He also picked up his twelfth RBI of the season and scored a run.
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