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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