Meanwhile, the Giants couldn't find an answer for Penny, but up came Barry Bonds. Without a homerun because of the high number of intentional walks after his hot start, Bonds proceeded to slam a solo hot potato to right-center, his career 668th, giving the Giants their first run of the day.
The Giants took advantage of Penny's fatigue as Michael Tucker doubled on Penny's 100th pitch of the game. J.T. Snow followed that with a single, and was replaced by Dustan Mohr, representing the tying run. Marquis Grissom singled home the Giants' second run, and chased Penny from the game.
Matt Perisho walked Bonds to load the bases with no outs. Justin Wayne replaced Perisho, and got Pedro Feliz to hit into a double play, but the game-tying run scored on the play. Edgardo Alfonzo grounded out to end the inning, where the Giants lost another opportunity to capitalize more with runners on base and less than two outs.
Jim Brower replaced Williams in the eighth and pitched a scoreless inning on eigth pitches. Felix Rodriguez entered the game in the ninth, and gave up a solo jack to Lowell, putting the Marlins ahead.
The Giants attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth when A.J. Piezynski singled to lead off the inning. With Yorvit Torrealba entering the game to represent the typing run, Neifi Perez sacrifice bunted him over to second. On a ground out by pinch-hitter Jeffrey Hammonds, Torrealba advanced to third. Tucker struck out to end the game.
Notes: Brian Dallimore pinch-hit for Williams in the seventh, making his first major league at-bat. Dallimore grounded out to short... Lowell's ninth inning shot was the first homerun Rodriguez has given up this season... Bonds' homerun puts him and his father, Bobby Bonds, at 1,000 combined roundtrippers between father and son.
Player of the Game: Barry Bonds was due for a homerun, and today, he unloaded. Bonds continues to be the sole run-producing machine in a lineup that lacks offense.
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