Cubs Destroy Giants, 12-4

Kirk Rueter did not pitch very well as Michael Barrett capped off a 5-run Cubs third inning with a two-run double. The Giants only got five hits over the course of the game.

Barry Bonds got the Giants on the board right away in the first inning with a 3-run jack off Cubs' starter, Carlos Zambrano, when Ray Durham and J.T. Snow were on base.

Derrek Lee singled with one out in the Cubs' second, and reached third base on Alex Gonzlez's single. Lee came around to score on Michael Barrett's groundout to give the Cubs' their first run.

In the third, the Cubs broke out with rallied. Correy Patterson walked with one out, and Sammy Sosa singled. Moises Alou singled to drive in Patterson, and Aramis Ramirez got onboard with a base hit to load the bases. Then, Lee proceeded to hit a game-tying sacrifice fly. Gonzalez followed that with an RBI single, and Barret smashed a two-run double to put the Cubs on top for good at 6-3.

Chicago scored three more runs in the sixth, two in the seventh, and one in the eighth. The Giants were scoreless until the eighth, but that was not enough to counter the breakout offense of the Cubs.

Game notes:
*Giants starter Kirk Reuter (2-1) gave up six runs on eight hits and one walk over three innings. J.T. Snow went 2-3 with a run scored. Barry Bonds had 4 HRs. This game marks the Giants 13th loss, they are now 6-13-1 in 20 games. The Giants have gone 1-4 in their last five games. The Giants have given up at least 8 runs in their last five games

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