Rewind: Dodgers vs Giants, Game #2

The Giants sent up Kirk Rueter to face Dodgers starter Jose Lima in hopes of gaining a win in this series. Rueter pitched well until the sixth inning, when the Dodgers managed to tie it up, later taking the lead and keeping to the end. The Giants continued their troubles in producing runs, but still managed to keep the game close with a couple of blasts.

After a disappointing loss last night, the Giants come into this afternoon's game hoping to snap their two game losing streak. Kirk Rueter started off the game well even getting his first two strikeouts of the season. Yet the Dodgers were able to get on the board with a two-run homer from Milton Bradley. Rueter allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The ball also hit him a few times during the game. Once by a line drive from Dave Roberts and two grounders that bounced off him. In the fifth, he felt a twinge after stretching for a possible double play at first.

The Giants has a 2-0 lead before Reuter gave up the home run. With two outs and Marquis Grissom on base, first baseman J.T. Snow hit an RBI double to right-center field. They tacked on another run in the fourth, when Cody Ransom, who has been having trouble with the bat lately, hit into a double play, allowing catcher, A.J. Pierzynski to score from third.

The Dodgers took the lead when Juan Encarnacion walked and Hernandez singled, setting it up for Cesar Izturis, who singled to bring in a run. Robin Ventura, who was pinch-hitting, added run to the board, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.

The Giants failed to produce many times, as they hit into double plays four times. Barry Bonds drew the team closer to the Dodgers the same way he did last night. Facing Darren Dreifort, Bonds hit a solo shot to deep center field, his fifth of the season and his 663rd career homer.

In the ninth, the Dodgers gained a run back, so the Giants needed two more runs to tie the game. Pedro Feliz blasted the ball to right field, giving him his first home run of the season. It seemed that there was a chance, with runners on first and second with only one out. Yet, Grissom did what had been happening for the Giants most of the day, which is hitting into a double play, ending the game.

The Giants will face the Dodgers tomorrow in an attempt to avoid being swept. Brett Tomko (0-0) will face Jeff Weaver (0-1).

Notes: Ray Durham is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday. Lima beat the Giants for the first time in five starts since 1999.

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