San Francisco at Milwaukee

W: D. Bush (12-11) L: M. Morris (10-15)
HR: SF - S. Hillenbrand (21), M. Alou (19), M. Alou (20)   MIL - D. Bell (9)

Brewers 9, Giants 4

CBS wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- With time running out in the playoff race, Moises Alou seemed to concede that the San Francisco Giants' postseason hopes are all but over.

"I think everybody can look at themselves in the mirror and at least say, 'We tried,'" Alou said.

The Giants stumbled again with a 9-4 loss Thursday night to the Milwaukee Brewers, who received a two-run homer and three RBI from David Bell.

"The results aren't what we expect them to be, but we can't hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves," said Alou, who homered twice in the Giants' fifth loss in six games.

San Francisco fell five games back in the NL West and 4½ behind in the wild-card race. The Giants have nine games left on their schedule and could play a 10th if it becomes necessary to make up a rainout against St. Louis.

Giants manager Felipe Alou wouldn't concede that his team is out of contention.

"I don't want to get into that," Alou said. "You won't get me to say anything. I know there are 10 games left."

San Francisco again had problems with its starting pitching. Matt Morris (10-15) went 4 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs and nine hits, unraveling in the fifth inning.

"I got to get my guy out of there either before or in the fifth inning, three out of (the last) four," Alou said. "It's not a pennant race."

The fourth was Matt Cain's start Tuesday, but he only lasted 5 1/3 innings in a 12-4 loss to Colorado. San Francisco starters are 0-5 with a 14.83 ERA in the last six games.

"Only speaking for myself, it's real disappointing to not be able to come in, put up some zeros and give us a chance to win," Morris said.

Already trailing 4-2, Morris and reliever Jamey Wright combined to walk six and give up two hits, including a two-run single by Brewers starter Dave Bush, as Milwaukee sent 11 men to the plate in its five-run fifth inning.

Morris walked Geoff Jenkins and Drew Anderson after recording the first out, and Jenkins scored on an error by Steve Finley, who let Bell's single skip by him in center field.

Morris intentionally walked Mike Rivera to load the bases and Bush hit a chopper over third baseman Pedro Feliz to score two, ending Morris' night.

Wright then walked the first three batters he faced to give the Brewers a 9-2 lead before settling down and striking out the inning's final two batters.

Morris, a former 22-game winner, also hit two batters and is now 1-2 with an 8.54 ERA in his last five starts.

"I've been so streaky, up and down, up and down," he said. "More down than up, obviously. With a new team, it's been a disappointment."

Bush (12-11) pitched 7 1/3 solid innings, giving up four runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Bush is now 5-0 with a 3.26 ERA in his last five starts at Miller Park and the Brewers, who had been averaging 3.28 runs in their previous 25 games, posted their best offensive effort since scoring 12 on Aug. 24, the day before they began a 10-game losing skid.

Bush's only mistakes were a solo home run to Shea Hillenbrand in the fourth and Alou's two big hits -- a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh that made it 9-4. It was Alou's first multihomer game this season and 28th of his career.

"He gave up three homers and it didn't kill him," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "If Moises Alou wasn't in the lineup tonight, it would have been a great game for him."


Giants slugger Barry Bonds went 1-for-3 before leaving the game for a pinch runner after his single in the seventh. ... Giants C Eliezer Alfonzo (concussion) has been medically cleared to return after being struck by a foul ball Tuesday night. Alou said he may return to the lineup Friday. ... Anderson had his first major league hit in the second inning of his first major league start.

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D. Bell
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H 3
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Steve Finley, CF3000110 .248
Omar Vizquel, SS4000001 .301
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4111001 .281
Barry Bonds, LF3010010 .267
    Fred Lewis, PR-LF1100010 .571
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Moises Alou, RF4223010 .292
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000010 .251
Todd Greene, C3010000 .290
    Billy Sadler, P0000000 .000
    Scott Munter, P00000001.000
Matt Morris, P2000011 .203
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .255
    Patrick Misch, P0000000 .000
    Justin Knoedler, C1000000 .200
HR - Shea Hillenbrand (21, Bush), Moises Alou 2 (20, Bush, Bush)
RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (66), Moises Alou 3 (69)
2-OUT RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (23)
Team LOB - 2
DP - Feliz-Durham-Hillenbrand
PB - Justin Knoedler (1)
E - Steve Finley (1, )
San Francisco Giants
Matt Morris (L,10-15) 4.1999321 5.09
Jamey Wright 0.2000320 5.19
Patrick Misch 1200010 0.00
Billy Sadler 1100130 8.10
Scott Munter 1000100 8.87
IBB - Rivera by Matt Morris
HBP - Jenkins (by Matt Morris), Bush (by Matt Morris)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 77-47, Jamey Wright 23-8, Patrick Misch 18-10, Billy Sadler 29-15, Scott Munter 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 6-5, Patrick Misch 1-1, Scott Munter 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 27, Jamey Wright 5, Patrick Misch 5, Billy Sadler 5, Scott Munter 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Anthony Gwynn, CF4110104 .275
Tony Graffanino, 2B4012112 .280
Prince Fielder, 1B4011122 .276
Bill Hall, SS4110114 .260
Geoff Jenkins, RF3100126 .269
Drew Anderson, LF4210123 .125
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
David Bell, 3B4233100 .265
Mike Rivera, C4120103 .255
Dave Bush, P2122000 .183
    Kevin Mench, LF1000000 .265
2B - Anthony Gwynn (2, Morris), Mike Rivera (4, Morris)
HR - David Bell (9, Morris)
SH - Dave Bush (8)
RBI - Tony Graffanino 2 (55), Prince Fielder (77), David Bell 3 (54), Dave Bush 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - David Bell (14)
Team LOB - 12
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (W,12-11) 7.1544153 4.54
Jose Capellan 1.2000020 4.39
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 112-73, Jose Capellan 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 11-6, Jose Capellan 1-2
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 28, Jose Capellan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28719
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Reynolds