Rewind: Dbacks vs. Giants, Game #2

The Giants won their second in a row over Arizona thanks to Randy Winn's glove and Moises Alou's sizzling bat.

On a cool and dreary afternoon, Moises Alou's bat remained red-hot for the Giants.

Alou continued his stellar month with the bat, launching a Luis Vizcaino fastball over the left field fence for a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Giants a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon.

Alou's heroics might not have been possible if Randy Winn, starting in place of Barry Bonds in left field, didn't make two spectacular catches in the top half of the ninth inning.

Facing closer Armando Benitez, Shawn Green hit a line drive that was headed for the gap in left center, but Winn made a diving catch, taking away what would have been a sure double for Green.

The next batter, Eric Byrnes, who has come up with numerous big hits against the Giants the past few years, nearly put Arizona ahead with one swing. Byrnes smoked a fastball that appeared ticketed for the left-field bleachers, but Winn leaped high above the wall to take away the four-bagger.

"I think it was a great shift in the momentum," Winn told the AP. "We had been a little flat. They were pitching well. We were scraping for everything we had to get. The crowd got into the game after I made the catches and then it was just a different feeling in the dugout."

With the crowd still in a frenzy, Alou led off the bottom of the ninth, depositing a 2-0 pitch from Vizcaino (0-2) into the left field bleachers to send the fans home happy.

"After he made a play like that, you want to win the game no matter how," Alou said. "It was even better we won it right away. It was a great feeling. It made it a lot more special because of the catch he made."

Alou, who has been the Giants leading hitter in the clutch so far this season, has driven in 12 runs over his last five games.

Despite a no-decision, Giants starter Brad Hennessey turned in another solid outing tossing six innings and allowing only two runs. The Giants first got on board when Omar Vizquel doubled to lead off the third inning. Winn did his part not only on the field, but also in the batter's box, when he hit a single to knock in Vizquel. However, that was the only run the Giants could manufacture until much later in the game.

Hennessey had only one shaky inning and that came in the fourth when he walked Luis Gonzalez and Connor Jackson to lead off the inning. Green and Byrnes then followed with consecutive singles to give Arizona a 2-1 lead.

The Giants offense, which was held in check most of the afternoon by Arizona starter Juan Cruz, finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh.

Facing reliever Brandon Lyon, Steve Finley led off the inning with a bunt single and moved to second on a groundout by catcher Todd Greene. Then Lance Niekro, who has been struggling as of late, lined a two-out single to center field, driving in Finley as the tying run.

Game Notes: Lance Niekro snapped a 0-for-12 slump in the seventh with an RBI single... Omar Vizquel had two more hits, raising his team leading average to .390... Alou leads the Giants with seven homeruns and 24 RBI... Bonds was given the day off on Saturday, which was a day game following a night game... Benitez pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first win of the season. Benitez still hasn't given up a run this season.

SFDugout's Players of the Game: Moises Alou hit his sixth career walk-off homer. Alou has had the hot bat, providing tremendous offense for the Giants in the clutch, and basically whenever else. Randy Winn saved the game with his sensational glove work in the ninth.



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