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LP W. Alravez (6-2) 2.0IP 8H 7R 5ER 2BB 1SO 1HR 2.37 ERA
Rookie Kevin Correia had an opportunity to make his last start this season by trying to redeem himself of his performance against the Dodgers in his last start. He went up against the former Giant, Wilson Alvarez, who came into this game with an ERA of less than two.
Correia looked like his struggle against the Dodgers continued into this game as Los Angeles managed a run off him in the first inning. Cesar Izturis had a bunt single and stole second base. He took third on Jolbert Cabrera's fly out to left and scored on Shawn Green's groundout to first.
However, the Giants came back five times as strong in their half of the first inning as Ray Durham led off with a double. After J.T. Snow's flyout advanced Durham to third, Barry Bonds singled to right center, where Cabrera trapped the ball to give Bonds his 90th RBI of the season. Edgardo Alfonzo sent a hot potato into the left field corner to put the Giants ahead for good with his season roundtripper total equal to his jersey number.
Jeffrey Hammonds and Jose Cruz, Jr. extended the inning for the Giants with singles, and Yorvit Torrealba was hit by the first pitch he saw from Alvarez. Correia came to the plate to help his own cause with his second major league hit and second major league RBI. Alvarez then walked Durham to force in the Cruz as the Giants' fifth run. Snow flied out to finally end the inning.
Things continued to be a little shaky for Correia in the second inning as he gave up a double to Adrian Beltre. David Ross flied out to enable Beltre to take third, and Alex Cora had an infield hit to drive in Beltre.
The Giants broke it open in the second with help from the Dodgers' defense when Rich Aurilia led off with an infield single. Bonds doubled to the right field corner where Aurilia went to third, but a throwing error by Cora allowed Aurilia and Bonds to score. With no outs, Alfonzo was walked on four pitches, but Hammonds struck out and Cruz hit into an inning ending double play. Nonetheless, Alvarez was chased from the game to make room for Collier
In the top of the third, Correia gave up lead off singles to Izturis and Cabrera, but was able to work through the heart of the order to strand both runners at first and second.
The Dodgers, however, were able to get one more run in the fourth as Ross was walked and Cora singled. Reliever, Collier, walked, loading the bases for Izturis, who singled through the right field hole to drive in Ross. Cabrera promptly hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and potential threat.
In the sixth, Noah Lowry relieved Correia after he pitched five and two-thirds innings. Lowry came into this game as his fourth appearance and he has only allowed one hit since joining the Giants in September.
The Giants' wiped out their starters in the sixth and sent up their minor league line-up, which didn't put on any less of a show. In his first major league at-bat, Lowry had his first hit off Paul Shuey. Eric Young grounded to Beltre, but Beltre threw the ball away, allowing Lowry to take third. Young stole second with Lance Nierko at the plate. Nierko gathered his first major league knock with a double to drive in two runs.
Cody Ransom was in the batter's box for the first time in the game, where Collier threw a wild pitch to bring Nierko to third. Ransom struck out for the first out of the inning, but Pedro Feliz followed that with a demanding triple off the right field brick wall to give the Giants ten runs for the second time in this series. Todd Linden and Hammonds struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Feliz continued his career season by smacking his sixteenth bomb of the season with Young on base, who singled, giving the Giants a 3-12 lead.
Jason Christiansen came into the game in the ninth to retire the Dodgers 1-2-3 and to give the Giants their 100th win of the season.
Game Notes: The last time the Giants had 100 wins was ten years ago in 1993... J.T. Snow stole his first base of the season in the fourth... Tuesday will be Felipe Alou's first postseason game as a manager. The Giants will play host to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday in the postseason opener with first pitch scheduled for 1:06... The Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies to win homefield advantage in the playoffs... The Giants' 57 wins at Pac Bell Park this season broke the old record of 55 in 2000. The next highest home record for the Giants is 61-21, which was set in 1961 at Candlestick... The Giants are 30-9 at home in the second half this season... Today was Pac Bell's 52nd sellout of the season.
Players of the Game: With another explosive offensive game, there were many players responsible, but only a few stood out. Edgardo Alfonzo continues to be a force batting behind Bonds, which will be important going into the postseason to make teams think twice about walking Bonds. Pedro Feliz had a hot season and ended his season with another jack, showing depth for the Giants' bench, which is a good indicator for San Francisco going into the postseason. Noah Lowry made his last appearance this season, but was no less impressive, and still with an ERA of 0.00. He had his first major league hit, too. We also must mention Lance Nierko for getting his first major league hit and two RBIs.
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