Rewind: Red Sox vs Giants, Game #1

Despite leading the game through the bottom of the fourth, the Giants were unable to keep their five run lead. The Red Sox hit the pitching staff hard in the top of the fifth scoring seven and were unable to take back that lead.

The Boston Red Sox were finally in town to face the San Francisco Giants for the first time in SBC Park in front of 42,557 fans. Jerome Williams was slated to start off this sereies for the Giants hoping to continue the at-home winning streak. He faced knuckball pitcher Tim Wakefield. Wakefield didn't seem to have control in the start of the game. In the Giants half of the first, Ray Durham struck out swinging , but made it to first base on the passed ball by Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli. Durham proceeded to steal second base, his third stolen bag of the season, with Michael Tucker at bat. Tucker then singled to center field, driving in Durham. Tucker showed speed on the base path by getting his first steal of the season. He later scored on a fielder's choice hit by Edgardo Alfonzo to Mark Belhorn.

The Red Sox kept it close by scoring one in the second. Nomar Garciaparra tripled to center field and Trot Nixon drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Yet the Giants got that run back in the bottom of the inning. With Deivi Cruz on third, Durham hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Nixon to score Cruz.

Again, the Red Sox kept the Giants to a one run lead in the top of the third when David Ortiz singled to drive in Johnny Damon from third. The Giants were able to keep their lead through the bottom of the fourth by tacking on four more runs. Marquis Grissom hit two home runs, being responsible for the four runs scored.

However, the Boston Red Sox came out strong in the fifth, hitting Williams hard. It started off when Damon drew a walk. With one out, David Ortiz hit his fifteenth homer of the season. Manny Ramirez followed with a solo shot to deep left field. Nixon continued the inning by drawing a walk, then later moving over to third on a fielding error by the Giants' shortstop Cruz. After another fielding error, but this time by Michael Tucker, Nixon was able to score. This was it for Williams. He left the game giving up eight runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one with a 4.59 ERA. Tyler Walker replaced Williams to face Kevin Millar who was pinch-hitting for Wakefield. With the count at 2-2, Millar hit a three-run hack into left field, giving the Red Sox a two-run lead.

The Red Sox kept this lead through the rest of the game. They added a couple more runs in the eighth. The Giants did threaten in the bottom of that inning. Yorvit Torrealba tripled to drive in Cruz and scored on Durham's single. With a runner on first, Grissom grounded into a double play, ending the hope of cutting the lead by more than just two.

Boston continued to score into the ninth. Things became rowdy in the stands. After two home runs were hit by the Red Sox, fans began to throw trash as well as baseballs onto the field. This caused a short delay in the game.

The Giants couldn't take the lead again, and lost the first game in this series to the Boston Red Sox 14-9.

Player of the Game: Marquis Grissom for his two homers. It gave us the lead, though brief. Also, Scotte Eyre, for pitching two hitless innings. He walked one and struck out two, and currently holds a 3.44 ERA.

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