The Giants added another two runs in the top of the second. With two outs, Todd Linden singled. Then Tucker hit a deep fly ball out to right field that just made it out over the line for a two-run shot.
Starting pitcher Doug Waechter only lasted two innings, removed because of a blister on his finger. Dewon Brazelton came in to pitch, and gave the Devil Rays a strong outing, going 4.2 innings and giving up only one run.
As Jerome Williams continued to cruise, Devil Rays manager Lou Pinella tried to play games with the young arm's head by requesting Williams remove his trademark puka shells. Williams obliged, but it only seemed to fire him up more. Williams would pitch seven strong, giving up only four hits and one run, while walking and striking out a pair.
In the top of the seventh, Damon Minor led off with a single. Cody Ransom came in to pinch run and was thrown out on a steal attempt with Linden batting. Linden then reached on an error by Julio Lugo. Michael Tucker grounded into a fielder's choice. With two out, Neifi Perez walked. Marquis Grissom then singled to score Tucker.
Toby Hall led off the bottom of the eighth by getting hit by a pitch from Jerome Williams. Rey Sanchez then singled. Jason Christiansen was brought in, replacing Williams. He struck out Carl Crawford, but then walked Jose Cruz, Jr. With the bases loaded, Aubrey Huff hit a grouder up the middle, fielded by Perez, who somehow managed to dish off a throw to Ransom. One run scored, but there were two outs, and Christiansen got Tino Martinez to ground out on the next pitch.
The Giants added yet another two insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Todd Linden singled off the first pitch he saw from new pitcher Jorge Sosa. Tucker singled on the next pitch. With two on, Perez laid down a sacrifice bunt. Grissom singled to easily score Linden from third. Tucker scored when Barry Bonds hit a single.
After getting one out in the bottom of the ninth, Jason Christiansen was replaced with Jim Brower. Brower got Lugo to ground out, but then gave up a double to Fred McGriff. Toby Hall then homered. Before the Devil Rays could have anymore aspirations of a comeback, Brower shut the door, getting Rey Sanchez to fly out to end the game.
Player of the Game: Jerome Williams gave yet another stellar performance. Every start the young pitcher seems to show more and more promise. His seven strong innings were needed for the tired bullpen. Also, Michael Tucker is starting to get hot. He looks comfortable in the leadoff spot. And props to Neifi Perez for his awesome defense tonight.
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