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The Giants faced the Padres again in Spring raining. With some late inning offense and good pitching throughout the game, the Giants were able to hold onto the lead for the victory.

The Giants sent Kirk Rueter, who doesn't have a loss this Spring, to the mound against the Padres' Jake Peavy.

The Giants started the game off quickly. In the first inning, Barry Bonds knocked in the first run of the game with a long double off the centerfield wall. Edgardo Alfonzo followed that with his own double, bringing Bonds around to score and giving the Giants an early 2-0 lead.

The Padres came right back to tie the game with solo roundtrippers by Ramon Hernandez, in the second, and Brian Buchanan, in the third.

However, the Giants came right back in the fourth inning as Neifi Perez collected two more RBIs this Spring when he brought Yorvit Torrealba and Cody Ransom home on a base hit. Dustan Mohr padded the Giants' lead in the fifth with an RBI double.

The Padres never came back, and the Giants won 7-4 over the Padres, with Kirk Rueter earning his second win this Spring, and Matt Herges, who may be the Giants' closer this season if Robb Nen doesn't recover, earned his first save.

Notes: The Giants requested waivers on catcher, Alberto Castillo... Catcher A.J. Pierzynski missed yesterday and today's game because of a stiff neck. He is expected back into the lineup for tomorrow's game.

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WP Kirk Rueter (2-0), LP Joey Hamilton (0-1), S Matt Herges (1)

Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at

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