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SAN FRANCISCO -- With his aging outfield mates on the disabled list, Marquis Grissom knew the Giants needed offense from elsewhere.
He took care of that with one sensational swing.
Grissom hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and San Francisco survived for a 10-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night after blowing a six-run lead.
Grissom, the only healthy member of the starting outfield with Barry Bonds and Moises Alou sidelined, connected on a 2-2 pitch from Scott Dohmann that hit the left-field wall and bounced over for his first homer of the year.
"It don't matter," he said with a smile when reminded how the ball got over. "Skip off the wall, bounce off a head, I'll take it any way I can get it."
Jason Christiansen (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the victory, spoiling a remarkable rally by the Rockies.
Todd Greene hit a three-run homer highlighting Colorado's eight-run rally in the seventh inning that erased a six-run deficit. Greene ruined a strong season debut by Giants left-hander Noah Lowry, who pitched six shutout innings before running into trouble.
"Fuentes gets the ball and it was bad timing there not being able to throw strikes," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We didn't do a thing with Lowry. He controlled our bat speed all night long."
Lowry retired nine straight during one stretch, allowed two runs on four hits, struck out two and walked three. He gave way to Jim Brower after putting two runners on in the seventh.
Pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe greeted Brower with a run-scoring double to start the comeback for Colorado, which had won four of its last six in San Francisco's ballpark by the bay. Matt Holliday added a two-run single and pinch-hitter Aaron Miles and Todd Helton each drove in a run in the largest inning in Rockies history on the road.
San Francisco's Omar Vizquel hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth, but Ryan Speier struck out Lance Niekro swinging on full count with two runners on to end the threat.
Jason Ellison and Alfonzo homered for the Giants, who barely held on after staking Lowry to a big lead. Alfonzo also had a first-inning sacrifice fly.
The 40-year-old Bonds and 38-year-old Alou are two of San Francisco's biggest hitters, but the Giants found other ways to score after struggling at the plate in dropping two of three to rival Los Angeles to start the year. Alou went on the DL earlier in the day with a right calf strain and Bonds is sidelined as he recovers from two operations on his right knee, his quest for the career home run record on hold.
"I think our experience kicked in there," said Grissom, who's 37. "We're not going to panic when we fall behind."
Lowry, a 24-year-old former first-round draft pick, went 6-0 as a rookie after being called up for the fourth time Aug. 3, and even pitched with strep throat a day after his temperature reached 101 degrees. The only Giants pitcher to open his career with more wins without a loss is Hooks Wiltse, who went 12-0 for the 1904 New York Giants.
"The streak goes on," said Lowry, disgusted with how he started the seventh. "I'm not disappointed at all. That was an unbelievable game."
It was 53 degrees at first pitch with swirling winds that are typically associated more with Candlestick Park than the team's new stadium, and a tarp covered the infield until just before game time because of intermittent rain showers.
"That's about the last thing you think would happen on a night like this and in this ballpark with all those runs scored," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "It was very cold and windy, yet both teams scored a lot of runs."
Colorado starter Jeff Francis allowed six runs and eight hits in four-plus innings and got his first major league hit with a third-inning single.
Hurdle had flu-like symptoms before the game but was in the dugout by first pitch.
|Marquis Grissom is mobbed by teammates after hitting a clutch three-run homer. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Clint Barmes, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.400|
|Luis Gonzalez, 2B-3B||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.200|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||1||1||1||2||0||0||.333|
|Preston Wilson, CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||4||.167|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||1||1||2||0||1||1||.333|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Dohmann, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Todd Greene, C||4||2||2||3||0||0||0||.375|
|Jeff Baker, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.250|
|Ryan Speier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cory Sullivan, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Michael Restovich, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Bradley Hawpe, PH-RF||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.429|
|Jeff Francis, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.500|
|Byung-Hyun Kim, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Aaron Miles, PH-2B||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.583|
|a-doubled for Restovich in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Kim in the 7th|
|2B - Bradley Hawpe (1, Brower)|
|HR - Todd Greene (1, T. Walker)|
|SH - Aaron Miles (1)|
|RBI - Todd Helton (4), Matt Holliday 2 (3), Todd Greene 3 (3), Bradley Hawpe (2), Aaron Miles (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (1), Matt Holliday 2 (3), Todd Greene 3 (3)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Gonzalez-Barmes-Helton|
|Ryan Speier (H,1)||2||4||1||1||0||2||0||3.38|
|Brian Fuentes (L,0-1)||0||1||2||2||1||0||0||7.71|
|Scott Dohmann (BS,1)||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||20.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 88-57, Byung-Hyun Kim 24-12, Ryan Speier 33-20, Brian Fuentes 11-4, Scott Dohmann 6-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 4-6, Byung-Hyun Kim 3-2, Ryan Speier 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 23, Byung-Hyun Kim 6, Ryan Speier 10, Brian Fuentes 2, Scott Dohmann 1|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Ray Durham, 2B||3||1||0||0||2||0||3||.182|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||5||0||2||2||0||0||1||.333|
|Lance Niekro, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||1||6||.200|
|Jason Christiansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliz, LF||4||2||2||1||1||0||0||.375|
|Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B||4||2||3||3||0||0||0||.533|
|Marquis Grissom, CF||5||1||1||3||0||2||2||.286|
|Mike Matheny, C||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.308|
|Jason Ellison, RF||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.400|
|a- Michael Tucker, PH-RF||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.111|
|Noah Lowry, P||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Jim Brower, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Eyre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- J.T. Snow, PH-1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Ellison in the 8th|
|b-singled for T. Walker in the 8th|
|2B - Omar Vizquel (2, Francis), Pedro Feliz (1, Francis)|
|HR - Edgardo Alfonzo (2, Francis), Marquis Grissom (1, Dohmann), Jason Ellison (1, Francis)|
|SF - Edgardo Alfonzo (1)|
|RBI - Omar Vizquel 2 (2), Pedro Feliz (2), Edgardo Alfonzo 3 (5), Marquis Grissom 3 (4), Jason Ellison (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omar Vizquel (1)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Jason Ellison (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Tyler Walker (BS,1)||1.1||2||1||1||0||1||1||33.75|
|Jason Christiansen (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.50|
|HBP - Pr. Wilson (by Scott Eyre)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 109-69, Jim Brower 21-12, Scott Eyre 6-4, Tyler Walker 17-12, Jason Christiansen 5-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 9-7, Jim Brower 1-1, Tyler Walker 2-1, Jason Christiansen 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 25, Jim Brower 4, Scott Eyre 3, Tyler Walker 6, Jason Christiansen 3|
|Attendance - 37015|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 53|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Jerry Meals|