The Rockies got on board in the bottom of the first inning off Williams as Royce Clayton singled. Todd Helton popped out in foul territory, but Vinny Castilla followed that with a double down the third baseline. The inning continued as Larry Walker drew a walk, and Preston Wilson had a base hit to bring Castilla in as the second run.
The Giants got one of those runs back in the top of the second as Neifi Perez, who always hits well at Coors Field, singled. Williams helped his own cause with his own base hit, sending Perez to third, where Ray Durham's broken bat single knocked Perez in.
In the top of the fourth, Perez singled again and advanced to second on Williams' sacrifice bunt. Durham got on board with a bunt single, and Michael Tucker blooped a single to center field, tying the score at two. J.T. Snow followed that with a double, to put the Giants ahead, but with first base opened, Barry Bonds was intentionally walked. With only one out, A.J. Pierzynski lined into a double play to end the inning.
The lead changed again in the bottom of the fifth when Castilla's ground ball should have been turned into a double play, but Snow dropped the ball at first, causing Castilla to be safe with Walker at the plate, who proceeded to send the next pitch over the fence to put Colorado ahead.
Tyler Walker pitched a scoreless five pitch sixth inning in relief for Williams, and made his exit for Wayne Franklin, who pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. Jim Brower pitched a third of an inning in the eighth.
The Rockies' closer, Shawn Chacon, came into the game in the ninth to try to save the game for Colorado. However, he allowed Edgardo Alfonzo on with a walk, and Marquis Grissom also singled. Perez bunted Grissom over, and Dustan Mohr entered the game to pinch run for Alfonzo. Deivi Cruz hit a grounder to third, where Castilla gloved the ball and threw home, but the tag was too late, and Mohr scored the tying run.
Durham drew a walk, and Tucker lined out to centerfield. Chacon hit Snow with a pitch, bringing Grissom in as the go-ahead run, and loading the bases for Bonds. Chacon threw a wild pitch that allowed Cruz to score, and the throw back to Chacon went down the third baseline by Charles Johnson, which allowed Durham to score.
In the ninth, Matt Herges entered the game to try to close it out for the Giants. However, after allowing two runners on with two outs, Herges allowed an RBI single to Castilla. Herges was taken out of the game for Scott Eyre to face the lefty, Walker. Walker grounded out to first for the final out.
Game Notes: The Giants stranded 14 runners on base in the first eight innings, A.J. Pierzynski has 11 of them personally.
Players Of The Game: Wayne Franklin and Tyler Walker pitched a great game in relief, and Scott Eyre also did his job by earning his fith career save. J.T. Snow continues to hit the ball in front of Barry Bonds, and also took one for the team to bring in the go-ahead run. Neifi Perez went 3-3 in the game and continues his hot hitting at Coors Field.
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