Giants Make All the Right Moves, 9-6
Jose Cruz Jr. and Andres Galarraga drove in three runs apiece as the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds, 9-6, Saturday at San Francisco with a shuffled lineup.
Galarraga and Yorvit Torrealba hit two-run homers as the Giants jumped to an eight-run lead in the fourth inning, tagging Cincinnati starter Paul Wilson (1-3) for nine hits and nine runs.
Converted reliever Danny Graves (1-2) pitched a career-best seven scoreless innings as the Reds won, 5-1, Friday night, in another rain-delayed game.
San Francisco (20-9), off to its best start in 30 years in Felipe Alou’s first season as manager, won for only the second time in seven games.
After the Giants scored only 11 runs in their previous six games, Alou made changes designed to spark his veteran hitters. J.T. Snow, Marquis Grissom, Benito Santiago and Neifi Perez sat down Saturday, while Galarraga, Ruben Rivera, Torrealba and Rich Aurilia took over.
Houston 5, Florida 2 -- The Astros chased newly promoted Justin Wayne before he retired a batter at Houston.
Wayne (0-2), a former Stanford star, was recalled from triple-A Albuquerque before the game when left-hander Mark Redman was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken left thumb. He didn’t last long.
Craig Biggio led off with a single and scored on a double by Geoff Blum. Walks to Jeff Bagwell and Jeff Kent loaded the bases for Lance Berkman, who was hit by a pitch.
After a walk to Richard Hidalgo forced home a run, Wayne was replaced.
Milwaukee 3, New York 2 -- The Brewers ended a six-game losing streak by holding off the Mets at Milwaukee. With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, closer Mike DeJean got Raul Gonzalez to ground into a game-ending double play.
The Mets, who have lost six of seven, put first baseman Mo Vaughn on the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Jason Phillips from triple-A Norfolk. Vaughn was sidelined with inflammation in his left knee.
Colorado 6, Chicago 4 -- Preston Wilson hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning at Wrigley Field to help the Rockies end a three-game losing streak.
Carlos Zambrano hit his first career home run and pitched six strong innings, but it was wasted as the Cub bullpen gave up three runs in the eighth inning.
Mark Guthrie (0-2) walked one and gave up two runs and a hit in two-thirds of an inning.
Philadelphia 5, San Diego 4 -- David Bell atoned for a key error with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning at San Diego.
Bobby Abreu started the winning rally by drawing a leadoff walk from Jaret Wright (1-4). Abreu advanced on Mike Lieberthal’s single and Jim Thome’s grounder before Bell’s fly to center off Matt Herges.
Bell’s throwing error in the eighth helped the Padres rally for three runs to tie it at 4-4.
Arizona 7, Atlanta 6-- Consecutive RBI singles by Matt Williams and Quinton McCracken in the seventh inning at Phoenix proved decisive for the Diamondbacks and ended the Braves’ six-game winning streak.