The Giants must have thought they were playing in Colorado Wednesday afternoon, because SBC Park had absolutely perfect hitting conditions. San Francisco smacked four homeruns en-route to a 5-3 win over the Rockies.
Since returning from the minor leagues a few weeks ago, Giants outfielder Todd Linden has been one of the clubs top hitters. Linden provided plenty of excitement in the field and at bat in the series finale. Linden went 2-4, with a home run and made a clutch diving catch in the sixth inning to rob Todd Helton of a potential two-run extra base hit.
"That was one of the best plays that we have seen this season," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "That was the game right there. If the ball goes over his head it is two runs and who knows what is next."
Thanks to a strong performance from the bullpen, the Giants notched their second consecutive victory. San Franciscos young right-hander Kevin Correia (2-5) started the game, but was lifted in the third inning due to shoulder pain. Colorado opposed with their young ace, Jeff Francis (12-10).
It didnt take the Rockies long to find the scoreboard Wednesday. Colorado scored in the first, thanks to an Aaron Miles single, Todd Helton walk and a run scoring double by Garret Atkins.
San Francisco used the power of the long ball to take the lead in the second inning. Moises Alou led the inning off with a homer to left and two outs later Mike Matheny did that same, building a 2-1 lead.
With Jeff Fassero (4-6) on the mound, the Rockies tied the game in the fourth inning. After reaching on a throwing error, Dustin Mohr scored via JD Closser single.
The Giants flexed their muscles again with their next two runs coming from the long ball. Ray Durham crushed solo shot in the fourth and Linden did the same in the sixth inning.
Since being re-called from Fresno Linden is hitting a blazing .358 (19-53). Linden has combined for 34 round-trippers this season, four with the Giants and 30 at the Triple-A level.
"I'm just being patient and not trying to do too much," Linden said. "There's a good mix on the club with the young guys and the veterans. Alou, Matheny and Durham hit homers and I jumped on the bandwagon."
San Franciscos grizzled left-hander Fassero won his third straight decision. He pitched well in relief lasting three innings, and giving up an unearned run on two hits.
Brett Tomko, LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Eyre and eventually Armando Benitez were all also used to solidify the victory. It was Eyres 72 appearance and Benitezs ninth save on the season.
After winning two series in a row, San Francisco heads to the desert for a three game series with the Diamondbacks starting Friday night. The Giants will send Jason Schmidt (11-6) to the hill and Arizona will counter with Brandon Webb (11-10).
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