Rewind: Giants vs. Padres, Game #4

After a lop-sided loss last night, the Giants came into today's game in a must win situation to prevent themselves from losing any more ground in the division. Unfortunately, the Padres did everything right and capitalized on every opportunity given to them by the Giants.

Brett Tomko has pitched brilliantly ever since coming off the DL, and the Giants depended on him to be their stopper against San Diego tonight. The Padres sent Ismael Valdez to the mound to counter Tomko.

Ray Durham opened the game for the Giants with a solo shot, his 10th jack of the year, into right field to give San Francisco the early lead. The Padres evened things in the bottom of the second when Phil Nevin led off with a double over Barry Bonds' head and moved to third on Brian Giles' fly out. Terrence Long hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring Nevin in for the first Padre run.

In the top of the fourth, Pedro Feliz got onboard with an infield single, and Bonds finally launched one at Petco Park for his 684th career homerun, which puts him thirty back of Babe Ruth on the all-time list, and also put the Giants up 3-1.

However, things unfolded quickly in the bottom of the fifth for the Giants as the Padres continued playing little ball to counter the Giants' longball. Giles hit a double down the right field line and advanced to third on Long's fly out to right. Khalil Greene grounded out to second, which allowed Giles to score.

Miguel Ojeda drew a two-out walk, and Valdez helped his own cause with a single up the middle. Sean Burroughs dumped a base hit to center field, where Michael Tucker, in his haste to throw Ojeda out at third, allowed the ball to skip below his glove to the wall. Ojeda and Valdez scored on the error to put the Padres ahead, and Burroughs made it to third.

In the top of the sixth, Bonds doubled to right field, and came home on a J.T. Snow single, which tied the game again. Ryan Klesko opened the bottom half of the sixth with a double, and Nevin singled up the middle to put the Padres ahead again. Giles doubled to right field, which chased Tomko from the game for Felix Rodriguez. Long drew a walk, and Greene hit a sacrifice fly to left to give the Padres another run.

Scott Eyre relieved Rodriguez in the seventh and allowed a single to Mark Loretta, who stole second base, and came around to score when Klesko tripled. Just called up from the minors, Kevin Correia pitched two-thirds of the eighth inning and looked shaky with his control. Jason Christiansen got the final out, but Trevor Hoffman finished the game and the Giants off in the top of the ninth.

Notes: Ray Durham's homerun is his 31st career lead-off homerun... Wayne Franklin was put on the DL to make room for Kevin Correia... The Padres are 10-3 against the Giants this season.

Player of the Game: Barry Bonds was due for a homerun at Petco Park, and he got it tonight. Not only did it give the Giants a temporary lead, but it also put Bonds just thirty jacks behind Babe Ruth on the all-time list for second place.



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