Rewind: Brewers vs. Giants, Game #3

After a team meeting Tuesday in which the Giants' players took turns refreshing each other that are better than they have been playing, the Giants have now won two games in a row and look like a completely different team.

It was the type of game that can turn a season around. While trailing 6-1 at one point, the Giants score twice in the ninth to take the series against the Brewers 2-1.

The game started inauspiciously, when Carlos Lee hit a two-run bomb off Matt Morris to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Steve Finley got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly off Brewers' starter Doug Davis.

The Brewers struck immediately back, however, as Bill Hall hit a solo blast to lead off the second inning. Milwaukee wasn't done displaying their power, as Gabe Gross hit a three run jack in the top of the third inning to give the Brewers a commanding 6-1 lead.

After Matt Morris gave up the six runs in the first three innings, including three long balls, he really settled down and quieted the Brewers' offense. Morris allowed seven hits, one walk and struck out two over seven innings of work. Despite the subpar outing, Morris has still given the Giants a quality start in eight of his last 10 starts.

The Giants began their comeback with a Moises Alou double in the bottom of the third, allowing Steve Finley to score on the play. Then in the bottom half of the fifth, red-hot Ray Durham hit a two-run homer to make it a 4-6 deficit for the Giants.

Making his first relief appearance of the year, the Brewers later turned to David Bush in their bullpen. Eliezer Alfonzo, who went 3-for-4 on the day, greeted Bush with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth to bring the Giants to within one run. Both Jonathan Sanchez and Brian Wilson pitched scoreless innings to keep the Giants within striking distance.

Entering the last half of the ninth, the Brewers brought in All-Star closer Derrick Turnbow to protect the lead. Barry Bonds, who got the day off with it being a day game following a night game, pinch-hit for Todd Linden and promptly singled to start off the inning. After Omar Vizquel failed to bunt over pinch-runner Jose Vizcaino and struck out, Steve Finley doubled to put runners on second and third with just one out. The hit was Finley's third on the day. The Brewers then decided to intentionally walk Moises Alou, bringing the Giants' hottest hitter, Ray Durham, to the plate with the bases full.

Durham sharply singled and both Vizcaino and Finley came around to score to win the game for the Giants in a dramatic come from behind victory. The game-winner didn't come without a little luck, as Durham's hit was a one-hopper that could've become a game-ending double play. Instead, Turnbow reached for the ball and it glanced off his glove and caromed into right-center for the game-winner. Turnbow took the loss and Brian Wilson got his first win of the season, bringing his record to 1-2.

The Giants evened their record at 3-3 since the All-Star break and are now 48-47 for the year. Because the Padres lost, they picked up a full game on the division leaders and are only 2.5 games out of first place in the NL West. The Giants now enter a big four game series against the division leading Padres with some much-needed momentum. Game one starts Thursday and features a matchup of Noah Lowry (4-6, 4.58 ERA) vs. Chan Ho Park (6-5, 4.49 ERA).

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Ray Durham not only went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI, but he also hit the game-winning two-run single to propel the Giants to victory. Also, not only is Durham the player of the game, but he's also been the Giants' best player over the last month. It looks like the jammed shoulder injury that made him leave Sunday's game will not force Durham to adjust a swing that has produced 11 jacks and 29 RBI over his last 29 games.



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