With a double down the left field line from Johnny Estrada to begin the third, the Diamondbacks had a runner in scoring position. But Damion Easley hit an infield single to short which did not allow Estrada to advance, and Arizona starter Miguel Batista fouled out attempting a sacrifice bunt. The rally was thwarted when Counsell lined to first and the Giants caught Estrada off third to end the inning with their lead in tact.
To begin the fourth, Moises Alou hit a ball to shortstop Craig Counsell, but it got by him and Alou made it to second on the play. Ray Durham grounded out to move Alou to third, and Feliz had his second hit of a game, a line drive over the bag at third and into left field for a double, scoring Alou for the Giants' second run of the afternoon. Batista threw a wild pitch, moving Feliz to third and Travis Ishikawa hit a flare that dropped in for a hit and scored Feliz, but would have been caught had the infield been at normal depth.
Eliezer Alfonzo singled to left, Matt Morris moved the runners along the base paths with successful sacrifice bunt, and Winn walked for the second time to load the bases. However, the Giants were unable to do any additional damage as Omar Vizquel grounded out to first to end the inning.
Steve Finley led off the Giants half of the fifth with a single to center and on a hit and run play, Moises Alou hit a flare single to right-center. Finley made it to third on the play. A wild pitch allowed Alou to advance to second, and Pedro Feliz stroked a single to left between third and short, giving the Giants a solid 4-0 lead.
After giving up four runs (three earned) on ten hits over six innings pitched, Batista was pulled in favor of Greg Aquino, who promptly allowed Finley to hit a single to right, and moved him to second on a wild pitch. Alou walked, and Durham hit a sharp grounder to first, which allowed the runners to advance to second and third with just one out for Feliz. Feliz hit a blast into left field, tearing the game wide open and giving himself six RBI on the day. With two down, Alfonzo followed with a solo shot to left, his third home run of the season since making his MLB debut.
Arizona finally struck back in the bottom half of the inning. Morris walked Luis Gonzalez to begin the inning, and Shawn Green powered a double to right, scoring Gonzalez from first and putting the Diamondbacks on the board. Estrada followed with a single, but Morris kept the damage to a minimum by forcing Easley to ground into a double play.
After getting one out in the ninth, Morris gave up a single to Gonzalez and then another one to Tony Clark, putting runners at the corners with just one down. Green hit a ground ball to third, but the Giants were only able to get one out at second, allowing the Diamondbacks to score their second and final run of the game.
Morris went on to pitch the rest of the way, earning his first complete game with the Giants. Morris only had 110 pitches.
Game Notes: The Giants are tied for third place in the West along with the Padres and the Rockies, all three of them two games behind the Dodgers... Randy Winn was the only starting Giant not to receive a hit, though he walked twice... Eliezer Alfonzo has hit three home runs in just 31 at-bats, and also has a double and a triple.
SFDugout's Player of the Game: Matt Morris. He's had a lot of tough luck this season, pitching well enough to win yet being held back by poor run support. Tonight he threw a great game and got his fourth win of the season. Pedro Feliz must get credit as well, as the Giants would not have won without his offensive support.
Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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