No doubt, Noah Lowry (3-6) and the San Francisco Giants performed better than they have felt of late Wednesday evening in Minnesota. The struggling Giants defeated the Twins 8-4 behind great pitching and active bats.
Run support is always nice for a pitcher and San Francisco got Lowry four big runs before he even took the mound. Twins pitcher Kyle Lohse (5-5) didnt fool anyone in the first inning, surrendering four runs on five hits.
"We came out scoring early against a guy who, after the first inning, was really, really tough," Felipe Alou said. "Four runs was big because we haven't been giving our pitchers that kind of support."
The Giants added another run in the third inning bringing the score to 5-0. With one out in the inning Moises Alou and Ray Durham hit back-to-back singles and a passed ball set runners up at second and third for Michael Tucker. The Giants executed with Tucker hitting a sacrifice fly to score Alou.
The Twinkies got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with two runs. Joe Mauer doubled and Torri Hunter followed with a two-run homer to left field. Minnesota made it even closer scoring two more runs in the fifth inning.
After an impressive outing Lowry was lifted in the sixth inning by Alou and replaced by Scott Munter. Over five and two thirds innings Lowry allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out seven. Scott Eyre became the third pitcher of the night for the Giants working a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
San Francisco added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning. extending the lead to 8-4. Jason Ellison and Mike Matheny doubled and then Omar Vizquel picked up his first National League home run, with a two-run shot to left.
Tyler Walker came on to work a perfect ninth inning and shut the door on the Twins, helping the Giants earn a much-needed victory.
"We'll take them any way we can get them," Matheny said. "Getting a win any way we can right now is a beautiful thing."
Moises Alou had a great game for the orange and black. Alou went 4-4, scored twice and drove in a run. Also playing well was Vizquel with three hits, two RBIS and a pair of runs and Ellison with two hits.
Besides the bats, it was the Giants gloves that came up big in the twin-cities in Wednesdays game. San Francisco turned two big double plays in the sixth and seventh inning and fielded solidly as a team the whole game.
The Giants will look for a series split in Thursdays finale. Brett Tomko (5-8) will head to the hill for the orange and black and Joe Mays (3-2) will go for the Twins.
SFDugout.com player of the game: Noah Lowry struck out seven and lasted into the sixth inning Wednesday night. Normally this wouldnt be a big deal, but it was exactly what a struggling team and pitcher needed and hopefully is a sign of good things to come.
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