The tone for the game was set early in the first, when Jeffery Hammonds smacked a homer to center. Edgardo Alfonzo doubled to deep center and Marquis Grissom walked, but the slumping Barry Bonds grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, moving Alfonzo to third. Pedro Feliz struck out, stranding him there.
Former Giant David Bell continued the home run theme with a solo shot to tie the game in the second.
Pitcher Jason Schmidt felt he needed a lead to work with, and he did it hands-on. A home run to left in the third pushed the Giants ahead 2-1.
The Phillies tied it up in the bottom of the fourth, surprisingly without a home run. With one out, Bell walked, and Mike Liberthal doubled, moving the slow Bell up to third. Chase Utley provided the only scrappy run of the game, grounding out to Giants shortstop Deivi Cruz to score Bell.
Pedro Feliz continued the “solo homer” song with a shot to left in the fourth, giving the Giants the lead once again. Cruz hit a double with one out, but with two outs, Phillies starter Randy Wolff chose to intentionally walk eighth-place hitter Neifi Perez, and he struck Schmidt out to end the inning.
Feliz added his second homer of the game to lead off the sixth and give the Giants a two-run lead.
Bobby Abreu followed suit in the eighth, leading off with a solo homer, bringing the Phillies within one once again.
Matt Herges held the lead to earn his eleventh save of the season.
Notes: Schmidt has now pitched at least seven innings in three consecutive contests. Schmidt has gone 2-0 so far in May, and he pitched well enough to deserve a win on May 6. Pedro Feliz has hit 5 home runs in the month of May already. Bonds has gone 1 for his last 22, and is yet to drive a run in in the month of May.
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