The Rockies came right back with a run of their own – with a little help. In the top of the third, with two already out, Aaron Miles walked. Royce Clayton hit one barely fair down the left field line. Miles sped around third and scored easily, but only because a fan interfered with the play. However, fan interference was not called and thus the play was still live. Barry Bonds quickly recovered and threw out Clayton at third.
San Francisco retook the lead, manufacturing a run. In the bottom of that same frame, Ray Durham hit a leadoff double. Deivi Cruz bunted him over to third. Durham then scored when Pedro Feliz hit a medium-deep fly ball.
Finally, the Giants broke out and put up a crooked number. The rookie finally faltered. Edgardo Alfonzo led off with a double, and Marquis Grissom walked. Dustan Mohr singled to load the bases. Torrealba struck out swinging, and then Tomko got rung up looking on a borderline pitch. It started to look like the Giants would not get any in after the inning started off so promisingly, but Ray Durham had sure the Giants cashed in. He slammed a ringing double off the left field wall to clear the bases.
The Giants added another three runs in the next inning. Both Bonds and Alfonzo walked with one out, and then Grissom hit a three-run jack to left center, effectively chasing Francis out of the game.
Brett Tomko only lasted five innings due to injury. After striking out Choo Freeman to end the fifth, Tomko rolled over his right ankle and was unable to come back to continue.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Giants added another run, but yet again fell victim to fan interference. With Feliz on first, Barry Bonds launched one to deep center field. Feliz would have easily scored and Bonds may have had a triple, but a fan reached over and caught it. Feliz would later score on a ground out by Dustan Mohr, but whether the Giants would have had more, the world may never know.
It all turned out to be irrelevant. In the ninth, Jim Brower walked the first two batters. Dustin Hermanson was then brought in, and he struck out Mark Sweeney and Jorge Piedra, and secured his his eighth save by getting Aaron Miles to fly out to shallow left field.
Player of the Game: Ray Durham has finally busted out of his slump, going 3-5 with 3 batted in and scoring one run himself. If the Giants want to go anywhere this October, they need Durham at the top of the lineup making things happen. Also, Dustin Hermanson, bouncing back from his horrible outing yesterday in Atlanta. He came back and was just nasty today.
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