Lowry didn't need much help from the offense, but they gave it to him anyway, thanks to a blast from the suddenly hot Ray Durham in the third. Randy Winn followed up his four-hit game with a two hitter, one of them being a single to lead off the third. Omar Vizquel, after sitting out yesterday's game with a tweaked back, followed with another single.
Pedro Feliz, another Giant who has been warming up, singled to left field and drove in Winn as the first run of the game. Barry Bonds was intentionally walked, of course, but Durham finally made it hurt. With the bases jammed, Durham took a 3-1 pitch to the left field bleachers, putting San Francisco ahead 5-0.
Rheinecker only pitched four innings for the Rangers, but Joaquin Benoit, Bryan Corey and Francisco Cordero blanked the Giants. However, on San Francisco's end, this was no problem because Lowry kept Texas in check.
Lowry went seven and two-thirds innings strong, scattering six hits, striking out four and only allowing two walks. His only trouble inning was in the eighth, when the Rangers manufactured a run on some singles to chase him from the game.
Steve Kline replaced Lowry and finished the eighth without any more damage. Kline continued to pitch in the ninth, and allowed a single to Kevin Mench, but that was erased when Gerald Laird grounded into a game ending double play.
Game Notes: Moise Alou was originally in the Giants' lineup today, but instead was placed on the DL due to his back stiffening up after batting practice. However, since Alou was inactive for ten days already, he will only need to be on the DL for another five days. The Giants have recalled first baseman Lance Niekro to take Alou's spot. Niekro has been rehabbing in Triple-A Fresno from a strained right groin.
SFDugout's Player of the Game: Ray Durham did what every Giants' supporter likes to see: Make the other team pay for walking Bonds. His big hit overshadowed a very solid outing by Noah Lowry, who should deserve an honorable mention for bouncing back from a bad month.
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