The Giants scored first on Jeffrey Hammonds’s first inning homer, giving San Francisco a quick one run lead.
Cincinnati came back with a solo shot of their own when Ken Griffey, Jr. led off the bottom of the second with a homer to right center field. Ryan Freel followed that with a triple. Dustin Hermanson almost managed to get out of it, first by striking out Juan Castro. After walking Corky Miller, he struck out Paul Wilson trying to bunt. With two down, Hermanson left one out over the plate and D’Angelo Jimenez stroked one to left center field which fell right in between Barry Bonds and Michael Tucker. The speedy Freel easily scored, and Miller sped around the bases trying to score from first. Bonds picked up the ball on a bounce and threw it to cutoff man Deivi Cruz who then hurled a good relay to shoot down Miller at the plate.
In the next inning, JT Snow tied it up again with a lazy fly ball that just kept carrying and carried into the first row of the right field bleachers.
The Giants threatened in the fifth. Tucker led off with a solid single. After Snow flied out, Jeffrey Hammonds got hit. Bonds walked to load the bases for Pedro Feliz. However, Cincinnati starter Paul Wilson got Feliz to ground into an inning ending double play.
The bottom of that same inning, Miller led off with a four pitch walk. Wilson struck out trying to bunt again, and Jimenez flew out. With two down, Hermanson hung one, and Barry Larkin made him pay with his first home run of the year.
Griffey, Jr. padded that lead in the bottom of the eighth with his second homer of the game, a shot that went more than seventh-eighths the way up the bleachers.
Pinch hitter Dustan Mohr launched his first home run of the year to lead off the bottom of the ninth, but that would be all the Giants would score. Danny Graves just threw seven pitches to get the next three outs and secure his league-leading thirteenth save.
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