The Giants jumped ahead in the fourth. Dontrelle Willis walked Barry Bonds intentionally with two out and the bases empty. He followed this with a walk to Edgardo Alfonzo, and a passed ball by Lo Duca put the runners on second and third for Marquis Grissom. Grissom hit a single to left to drive in Bonds.
Florida took the first multi-run lead of the game in the bottom of the inning. Alex Gonzalez led off the inning with a single, and Willis failed to pull off a sacrifice bunt, but Pierre tripled Gonzalez home. With two down, Cabrera walked, and Mike Lowell hit a bases-clearing double to give the Marlins a solid 4-2 lead.
A leadoff home run by Deivi Cruz brought the Giants within one, but the Marlins got in a two-out bases loaded situation for Pierre, who promptly hit a single to center to give the Marlins a two-run lead once again.
In the eighth, the Giants tied things up completely. With one out, Cruz hit an infield single. Pedro Feliz hit a two-run blast to knot the game at 5.
Neither team scored in the 9th, forcing the game into extra innings. Two consecutive one-out singles by Ray Durham and Cruz gave the Giants a two-on, one-out situation in the tenth. Feliz could not capitalize, and the Marlins intentionally walked Bonds. A.J. Pierzynski received a walk as well, forcing in the lead run.
Dustin Hermanson successfully closed out the game for his sixth save of the season.
SFDugout ‘s Player of the Game: Deivi Cruz played a big role in this game. He went 3-5, scored twice, and drove in a run. Without him, the Giants would not have been able to win this game as they did.
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