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Giants claim just second win in last 13 games

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Felipe Alou frequently speaks of "stopping the bleeding." Perhaps the San Francisco Giants have bandaged their troubles for a day.

Edgardo Alfonzo hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning and pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz added a key two-run double, helping San Francisco snap a six-game home losing streak with a 9-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

"It's nice to win," said Alou, the team's third-year manager. "You get a break here or there, that's how you break out."

Rookie Lance Niekro matched his career high with three RBI and Michael Tucker doubled twice with an RBI in a rare leadoff appearance for San Francisco, which couldn't hold a 4-0 lead for starter Noah Lowry.

Scott Munter (1-0) earned his first major-league victory -- and the slumping Giants won for just the second time in 13 games. Tyler Walker recorded four outs for his ninth save in 10 chances, retiring Angel Berroa on a grounder with the bases loaded to end it.

"There's nothing better than high-fiving in the dugout and scoring runs," Walker said. "Everything's positive. There has been so much negative talk lately."

Ruben Gotay had a tying, two-run double in the Royals' four-run sixth, their first RBI by a pinch-hitter this season. Kansas City added two runs in the eighth off LaTroy Hawkins.

The Royals, 6-3 under new manager Buddy Bell, missed a chance for their first road sweep since July 11-13, 2003, at Texas. They have never swept a road series in interleague play.

As soon as the Royals tied it, the Giants' bats came alive against Leo Nunez (1-1). Ray Durham doubled to start the bottom of the sixth, then Alfonzo singled him home for a 5-4 lead. Feliz, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts a day earlier, hit his two-run double three batters later, and Niekro singled in two runs.

"We pushed it a little, but then they came right back and it sucked the air out of us," Bell said.

Lowry, who ended a five-game losing streak on May 22 against Oakland, matched his season high with seven strikeouts through five innings and allowed just one Kansas City base runner past second.

The Royals loaded the bases in the fifth on singles by John Buck and Joe McEwing and a two-out walk to Berroa, but Lowry induced David DeJesus to ground out.

Lowry, in his first full major-league season, received a warm ovation when he gave way to Munter in the sixth. The left-hander allowed three runs and six hits, struck out seven and walked two in 5 1/3 innings. He spent time between starts working with pitching coach Dave Righetti to tweak his delivery.

"I felt good today," Lowry said. "It's just a matter of repeating it."

Jose Lima's struggles continued. His winless stretch reached 15 regular-season games and the right-hander hasn't won since Sept. 14 against San Diego while with Los Angeles.

Lima, who pitched a shutout for the Dodgers in the NL division series last fall against the Cardinals, gave up three earned runs and six hits in five innings. He didn't walk a batter.

"It was one of my best starts," he said. "I'm trying to stay away from big innings, but a blooper here and a blooper there and it happens. It's been my story this year. I'm waiting for a little break to get over the hump. I'm begging for a win."

Alou, looking to get some offensive production, shuffled the lineup and moved Tucker into the leadoff spot for just the fourth time. He responded with a double down the right-field line in the first.

Niekro made the most of a rare chance to start against a right-handed pitcher.

"I don't put too much pressure on myself, but I know I've got to produce when I'm out there," he said.

Omar Vizquel returned to the lineup after missing two games after having a wisdom tooth extracted Monday. He hit an RBI double in the fifth.

The Giants scored only one run in each of their previous three games and hit just .177 during that span.

Notes

  • Before the game, Barry Bonds blasted former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle, whose recently released book quotes the San Francisco star as saying "I don't sign for white people" before a game at Wrigley Field 12 years ago.
  • Vizquel moved past Dave Concepcion into sole possession of sixth place on the career list for games at shortstop with 2,179. Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio holds the record at 2,581. Vizquel faces his former team for the first time Friday when the Cleveland Indians come to town.
  • Rookie 3B Mark Teahen had a career-high three hits for the Royals.
  • Giants OF Jason Ellison was caught stealing for the first time in his career in the seventh. He had been 10-for-10.
 
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Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz hits a two-run double in the sixth inning for a 7-4 lead.  (Getty Images)
Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz hits a two-run double in the sixth inning for a 7-4 lead. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

L. Niekro
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
Angel Berroa, SS5010104 .258
David DeJesus, CF4101114 .278
Tony Graffanino, 1B5021011 .298
Emil Brown, RF5121022 .263
    Ambiorix Burgos, P0000000 .000
Matt Diaz, LF2100100 .254
   a- Terrence Long, PH-LF^RF1000102 .248
Mark Teahen, 3B5131022 .254
John Buck, C4120023 .211
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000012 .268
Joe McEwing, 2B3010004 .303
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Steve Stemle, P0000000 .000
   c- Shane Costa, PH-LF2110012 .375
Jose Lima, P1000011 .000
   d- Ruben Gotay, PH-2B1112100 .242
Totals39713651127 
a-fouled out for Diaz in the 7th
b-struck out for Buck in the 9th
c-singled for Stemle in the 8th
d-doubled for Lima in the 6th
Batting
2B - Mark Teahen (7, Lowry), Ruben Gotay (9, Munter)
SH - Jose Lima (1)
RBI - David DeJesus (21), Tony Graffanino (13), Emil Brown (27), Mark Teahen (16), Ruben Gotay 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Graffanino (8), Ruben Gotay 2 (9)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Buck-Teahen
E - Emil Brown (5, misplayed grounder), Mark Teahen (5, )
Kansas City Royals
Jose Lima 5643040 8.16
Leo Nunez (L,1-1) 1655100 8.59
Steve Stemle 1000110 5.06
Ambiorix Burgos 1200010 5.89
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Lima 79-50, Leo Nunez 25-15, Steve Stemle 13-6, Ambiorix Burgos 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Lima 8-4, Leo Nunez 2-1, Steve Stemle 1-0, Ambiorix Burgos 1-1
Batters Faced - Jose Lima 22, Leo Nunez 10, Steve Stemle 3, Ambiorix Burgos 5
San Francisco Giants
Michael Tucker, RF4331100 .236
Omar Vizquel, SS4121000 .294
Lance Niekro, 1B5023001 .309
Moises Alou, LF5020024 .285
Ray Durham, 2B4110015 .259
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B4111011 .312
Marquis Grissom, CF2000000 .200
    Jason Ellison, CF0000100 .320
Yorvit Torrealba, C4110020 .250
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
Noah Lowry, P2110000 .300
    Scott Munter, P0000000 .000
   a- Pedro Feliz, PH1112000 .275
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Mike Matheny, C1000000 .229
Totals3691482611 
a-doubled for Munter in the 6th
Batting
2B - Michael Tucker 2 (6, Lima, Lima), Ray Durham (14, Nunez), Yorvit Torrealba (6, Nunez), Noah Lowry (3, Lima), Pedro Feliz (10, Nunez)
SH - Omar Vizquel (7), Marquis Grissom (2)
RBI - Michael Tucker (15), Omar Vizquel (17), Lance Niekro 3 (21), Edgardo Alfonzo (29), Pedro Feliz 2 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Tucker (10), Omar Vizquel (5), Lance Niekro 2 (4)
CS - Omar Vizquel (4, Home by Lima/Buck), Jason Ellison (1, 2nd base by Stemle/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry 5.1633270 5.53
Scott Munter (BS,1; W,1-0) 0.2211000 2.03
Scott Eyre0111100 3.00
LaTroy Hawkins 1.2322120 5.48
Tyler Walker (S,9) 1.1100120 4.91
HBP - Gotay (by Tyler Walker)
WP - Scott Munter (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 113-74, Scott Munter 13-8, Scott Eyre 11-7, LaTroy Hawkins 34-19, Tyler Walker 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 5-4, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Tyler Walker 1-1
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 24, Scott Munter 4, Scott Eyre 2, LaTroy Hawkins 9, Tyler Walker 7
Game Information
Attendance - 38956
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Terry Craft, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez