Despite this showing, Alou is not too concerned about Williams. "Today, they hit his breaking ball and fastballs," said Alou. "I didn't see his sinker that we got accustomed to seeing last year. Maybe it will help getting back to San Francisco in heavier air, a cooler environment."
The Giants scored first, with Dustan Mohr's two-run blast in the second. Chicago replied with a three-run rally in the third, and a five-run rally in the fourth. White Sox batters Carlos Lee, Willie Harris and Magglio Ordonez all rapped out two-run hits.
Bonds smashed a solo shot in the fourth to put the Giants within 5. Jim Brower, Noah Lowry, and Matt Herges all pitched solidly to keep the score where it was, but the team never took advantage of their service, posting goose eggs on the scoreboard from the fifth inning on.
Jason Christiansen gave up two more runs in ninth, making the final score 10-3 in the White Sox's favor.
Notes: The Giants officially announced that Kirk Rueter will be the Opening Day starter... The Giants acquired veteran starter Wayne Franklin and reliever Leo Estrella from Milwaukee in exchange for minor league hurlers, Carlos Villanueva and Glenn Woolard, on Tuesday... Jim Brower pitched 2 2/3 innings, only giving up 2 hits.... Relievers Robb Nen and Scott Eyre were placed on the 15-day DL, while San Francisco also signed veteran relief pitcher Dave Veres and infielder Deivi Cruz to minor league contracts.
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