Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Cincinnati leads 1-0 (as of 8/24)

Game 1: Thursday, August 24
Cincinnati6Final
San Francisco3
Game 2: Friday, August 25
Cincinnati1Final
San Francisco4
Game 3: Saturday, August 26
Cincinnati1Final
San Francisco4
Game 4: Sunday, August 27
Cincinnati0Final
San Francisco8

Reds 6

(67-61, 32-28 away)

Giants 3

(62-66, 35-31 home)

10:15 PM ET, August 24, 2006

AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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CIN 000002112 6 10 0
SF 120000000 3 11 1

W: R. Franklin (5-6)

L: V. Chulk (1-2)

S: D. Weathers (10)

Resilient Giants get huge opportunity against Reds

Cincinnati (66-61) at San Francisco (62-65) 10:15 pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) - Every time it seems the San Francisco Giants are down for the count, they manage to pick themselves up.

Winners of three straight, the Giants try to extend their streak when they host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of an important four-game series on Thursday.

Coming off a paramount three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres, San Francisco is four games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West Division and four games back of the Reds in the wild-card race.

In San Francisco's 7-6 win over San Diego on Wednesday, Eliezer Alfonzo capped a seventh-inning rally by following Pedro Feliz's game-tying two-run double with an RBI triple.

Cincinnati, which suffered a 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday, trails the first-place St. Louis Cardinals by one game in the NL Central.

If the Giants want to extend their winning streak - and more importantly pull closer to the Reds - they will need a better performance from Brad Hennessey (5-3, 3.38 ERA), who was pounded in his last start.

Hennessey retired just three batters against the Dodgers on Saturday, surrendering seven runs - six earned - and seven hits in a 14-7 setback. The righthander had allowed just two hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 1-0 triumph over the Padres on five days earlier.

The Reds counter with Eric Milton (8-7, 5.28), who also is looking to rebound from a shaky start. The lefthander did not figure in the decision but gave up six runs and nine hits in four innings of a 14-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

In three career starts against the Giants, Milton is 1-0 but has a 7.94 ERA over 17 innings.

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Gameday Matchup

 CincinnatiSan Francisco
W-L80-8276-85
Night57-4847-53
Grass80-8276-85
Current StreakL2L4
Last 106-41-9

Pitching Matchup

CincinnatiSan Francisco
E. Milton
8-8, 5.19 ERA

Last Game:
9/17 at CHC
0.1 IP, 6 ER
Dec = Loss
B. Hennessey
5-6, 4.26 ERA

Last Game:
10/1 vs LA
1.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = Loss

Gameday Lineups

NO.CincinnatiSan Francisco
1. R. Freel, RF R. Winn, RF
2. S. Hatteberg, 1B O. Vizquel, SS
3. K. Griffey Jr., CF S. Hillenbrand, 1B
4. E. Encarnacion, 3B B. Bonds, LF
5. A. Dunn, LF R. Durham, 2B
6. R. Aurilia, SS P. Feliz, LF
7. B. Phillips, 2B S. Finley, CF
8. D. Ross, C E. Alfonzo, C
9. E. Milton, P B. Hennessey, P