Southpaw Kirk Rueter, 1-4 coming into the game but pitching well for the Giants in May, kept the Diamondbacks in check through the first three innings. In the fourth, Arizona broke up the shutout with a run-scoring double from Hillenbrand, who drove in Danny Bautista for the Diamondbacks' first run of the game.
The score remained 4-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when the Diamondbacks strung together two singles and an RBI groundout to pull within two runs of the Giants. However, San Francisco took the run back in the top of the seventh.
Jim Brower, who, with one out in the sixth, made his league-leading 30th appearance in relief of Rueter, was sent to the plate and drew a one-out walk from Stephen Randolph. Tucker followed, grounding a single into right field for Bautista, who airmailed infielder Chad Tracy in an attempt to cut down Brower at third base. As the ball ricocheted around the field, Brower had time to score all the way from first, huffing and puffing around the diamond with all the grace expected of a 6'3" 215-pound, refrigerator-shaped athlete.
The Giants broke the game open in the top of the ninth inning with three runs against reliever Scott Service. Edgardo Alfonzo drove in two of the runs with a hard-hit double over the head of Luis Gonzalez in left. Jeffrey Hammonds completed the rally with a line drive single that plated Alfonzo from second.
Tyler Walker, San Francisco's surprise success story of the early season, was summoned to pitch the home half of the ninth. With two gone and Robby Hammock on third base, Scott Hairston got ahold of a hanging fastball and sent it over the right field wall for a home run. However, that's all the Diamondbacks would get, as Walker's next three pitches struck out Alex Cintron to end the ballgame and make the Giants winners of ten straight for the first time since 1998.
Players of the Game: Michael Tucker and Jim Brower. Tucker hit his second home run in as many nights and raised his average to .268 with four hits. He scored twice and drove in a run, proving himself a legitimate leadoff man in the stead of injured starter Ray Durham.
>Brower has been a workhorse for the Giants, pitching in 30 of their first 50 games. In this game, he not only flexed his offensive muscles, but also shut down the Diamondbacks in relief of Kirk Rueter, allowing just one hit over 2.2 innings.
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