The third inning was another chore for Tomko, who promptly coughed up a single to Scott Hariston. Steve Finley hit into a fielder's choice, getting Hariston out at second. With two outs and a runner at first, things were not looking too bad. But Gonzalez hit his second single in as many innings, and Hillenbrand drove in Finley with a double, giving the D'Backs a 4-0 lead.
In the fourth, Consecutive doubles by Alex Cintron and Hammock resulted in the Diamondbacks scoring their fifth run. After Arizona starter Randy Johnson sacrificed Hammock to third, and Hariston walked, Tomko was relieved in favor of Wayne Franklin. Franklin was able to get out of the inning unscathed.
Franklin started a rally in the fifth of his own with an infield single, and Neifi Perez doubled to left, moving him over to third. Edgardo Alfonzo reached base on an infield single to shortstop, scoring Franklin for the Giants first run. Tired of the small-ball, Marquis Grissom slugged a three-run blast to left to put the Giants within one.
The dangerous duo, Gonzalez and Hillenbrand, replied quickly in the bottom half of the inning. Gonzalez walked and Hillenbrand blasted a home run to make the game 7-4.
The Diamondbacks added more insurance in the sixth. Hariston led off with a triple, and Danny Bautista grounding into a 6-4-3 double play allowed him to score.
But that was all the Giants would get, and the final score was 8-6.
Player of the Game: Marquis Grissom. He really got the big hit, a three-run homer in the fifth. He's done a lot for the Giants, and he's really playing well for someone his age. Honorable mention goes to Neifi Perez, who had a rarely seen flash of offense. He went 4-5 in the leadoff spot.
Notes: The Giants had 13 hits and outhit the D'Backs 13-12. Brett Tomko is now 1-4 with a 5.61 ERA. Opposing batters hit .305 against him, as well. The Giants are currently 2.5 behind the Dodgers and Padres, who are tied for first.
Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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