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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."
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.
|Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz hits a two-run double in the sixth inning for a 7-4 lead. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Angel Berroa, SS||5||0||1||0||1||0||4||.258|
|David DeJesus, CF||4||1||0||1||1||1||4||.278|
|Tony Graffanino, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||1||1||.298|
|Emil Brown, RF||5||1||2||1||0||2||2||.263|
|Ambiorix Burgos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Diaz, LF||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||.254|
|a- Terrence Long, PH-LF^RF||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.248|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||5||1||3||1||0||2||2||.254|
|John Buck, C||4||1||2||0||0||2||3||.211|
|b- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.268|
|Joe McEwing, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||4||.303|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Stemle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Shane Costa, PH-LF||2||1||1||0||0||1||2||.375|
|Jose Lima, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|d- Ruben Gotay, PH-2B||1||1||1||2||1||0||0||.242|
|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|
|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|
|DP - Buck-Teahen|
|E - Emil Brown (5, misplayed grounder), Mark Teahen (5, )|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Leo Nunez (L,1-1)||1||6||5||5||1||0||0||8.59|
|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, RF||4||3||3||1||1||0||0||.236|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.294|
|Lance Niekro, 1B||5||0||2||3||0||0||1||.309|
|Moises Alou, LF||5||0||2||0||0||2||4||.285|
|Ray Durham, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||5||.259|
|Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.312|
|Marquis Grissom, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Jason Ellison, CF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.320|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.250|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Noah Lowry, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Scott Munter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Pedro Feliz, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.275|
|Scott Eyre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Matheny, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|a-doubled for Munter in the 6th|
|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|
|Scott Munter (BS,1; W,1-0)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||2.03|
|Tyler Walker (S,9)||1.1||1||0||0||1||2||0||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|
|Attendance - 38956|
|Game Time - 3:13|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Terry Craft, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|