New York came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the third. With one out, Kaz Matsui singled. After Todd Zeile grounded out, Piazza walked. Karim Garcia then hit a sharp ground ball off Brett Tomko's feet which bounced back toward Edgardo Alfonzo. Alfonzo threw past JT Snow, and just like that, the game was tied.
The Giants' lead was short-lived. After getting Piazza to ground out to short, Tomko got Karim Garcia to hit what appeared to be a routine grounder to second. Alfonzo couldn't handle it, however, and committed his second error of the night. And like his error in the third, this would cost the Giants the lead again. With two outs, Phillips hit a slow bouncing ball right between Brian Dallimore and Devi Cruz to score Karim Garcia from second. Tomko, obviously frustrated, then gave up a home run to Mike Cameron on the very next pitch. Danny Garcia singled, and then Trachsel dumped one right in front of Alfonzo by the first base line for a single. Matsui then slapped one into right field to easily score Garcia.
Tomko went 5.2 innings, surrendering nine hits and five runs, none of which were earned.
Jim Brower finished out the sixth and pitched the seventh. Although he allowed a leadoff single to Piazza in the seventh, he was soon wiped out on a double play ball hit by Karim Garcia. But then he gave up a double to Shawn Spencer. Spencer then scored on Phillip's single.
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