It wasn't until the third inning that either team scored. In the top of the third, Mike Matheny singled and advanced to second when Jason Ellison walked. Omar Vizquel then singled to center field which allowed Matheny to score the first run of the game.
The Giants came back for more against last year's American League Cy Young winner as Ray Durham led off the inning with his 15th double. Santana made an error himself on Deivi Cruz's sacrifice bunt, and with runners at the corners, Pedro Feliz singled to left field to bring Durham home.
The Twins got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning when Michael Cuddyer sent a solo roundtripper to left field. However, the Giants got that run back on a solo jack by Durham in the sixth.
In the bottom half of the sixth, the Twins got another run on the board when Justin Morneau had a sacrifice fly to score Torii Hunter, who singled and was moved to third on a single by Jacque Jones. Cuddyer singled and Luis Rodriguez coaxed a walk out of Foppert.
With the bases loaded, Foppert ended his night and gave way to another rookie, Scott Munter. Munter got Juan Castro to hit a grounder to the hole at shortstop, and Vizquel made an acrobatic throw to second on time, but Durham couldn't handle the throw and dropped the ball, allowing the tying run to score. The next batter, Shannon Stewart, grounded out to third to end the inning, but it wasn't before the Twins came back to tie the game with two runs that were really gifts from the Giants.
Jason Christiansen finished the seventh for Munter, and pitched the entire eighth inning. In the ninth, Jeff Fassero took the mound for the Giants and pitched beautifully through the ninth and tenth. However, in the eleventh inning, Fassero gave up a bloop single to Cuddyer, and exited the game for closer Tyler Walker after allowing a sacrifice bunt which moved Cuddyer to second. Walker gave up a game winning bloop single to Stewart and the woes continue for the Giants as they have lost fifteen of their last seventeen games.
SFDugout's Player of the Game: In a pitching staff that was full of problems, Jesse Foppert was brought up to start against one of the league's best pitchers today, and excelled. The defense did not help him out, and he ran into some bad luck, but his performance in this game should prove to be promising for the Giants' future. Scott Munter also deserves an honorable mention for stranding the bases loaded, and even though Jeff Fassero got the loss today, he certainly continued pitching well for the Giants even out of the bullpen.
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