Final

    7:05 PM ET, July 30, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

    R H E
    SF - -
    PHI - -

    W: K. Rueter ( )

    L: B. Myers ( )

    Lofton's leadoff HR sends Giants toward easy win

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kenny Lofton used his power instead of his speed to impress his new team.

    Kenny Lofton, right, made new friends in a hurry with a leadoff home run in his Giants debut.

    Lofton homered in his first at-bat with San Francisco and Kirk Rueter pitched six strong innings Tuesday night to lead the Giants to a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Lofton, acquired from the Chicago White Sox for two minor leaguers on Sunday, hit the second pitch of the game from rookie Brett Myers over the left-center field wall for his 24th career leadoff homer.

    The six-time All-Star also tripled in the sixth inning. He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

    "It was nice to get my first hit out of the way. I thought it would hit the wall, but it kept carrying,'' Lofton said of his homer. "It was fun, it was exciting, I'm glad I did my part.''

    Rueter (9-6) allowed two runs and seven hits to win his second straight start after eight winless outings.

    The Giants, playing without injured left fielder Barry Bonds for the 10th consecutive game, won their second straight. Bonds, out with a hamstring injury, took batting practice, but isn't expected to play in this series.

    "He's got some sock,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said of Lofton. "We needed to get going against a guy we've never seen.''

    Philadelphia lost for just the second time in seven games, but is 9-19 at home since May 22. It was the first game for the Phillies after trading All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen to St. Louis in a five-player deal on Monday.

    Placido Polanco, acquired in the Rolen trade, was 1-for-4 in his Phillies debut. Rolen went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in the Cardinals' 5-0 win at Florida.

    Myers (1-1) allowed six runs -- five earned -- and six hits in three innings. The 21-year-old right-hander was brilliant in his big league debut against Chicago last week. The former No. 1 pick gave up two hits over eight innings in a 4-2 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

    "I wanted to go out and get ahead of hitters and that didn't happen,'' Myers said. "I didn't have good command.''

    The Giants spoiled Myers' home debut with two runs in the second and four in the fourth.

    After Lofton homered in the first, Tom Goodwin singled and moved to third when second baseman Marlon Anderson made a throwing error on Jeff Kent's infield single. J.T. Snow's sacrifice fly scored Goodwin for a 2-0 lead.

    Kent started the fourth with a double to left and Snow was hit by a pitch. David Bell singled to load the bases and Reggie Sanders also was hit to force in a run, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead.

    Yorvit Torrealba followed with a two-run single that chased Myers. Goodwin added an RBI fielder's choice that made it 6-0.

    "He was overthrowing,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said of Myers. "He was pumped. It's part of the growing process. He'll work his way through this. He knows what he was doing wrong.''

    Pinch-hitter Jason Michaels' two-out bloop double in the fifth scored Mike Lieberthal for Philadelphia's first run. Pat Burrell hit his 26th homer in the sixth to cut it to 8-2.

    Rueter, who was 0-3 with five no-decisions between June 4 and July 24, improved to 6-2 on the road. He's 3-4 at Pacific Bell Park.

    "I do the same stuff at home,'' Rueter said, unable to explain his success on the road. "I like being home, being with my wife and daughter. It's just something that happens.''

    Game notes


    The Phillies started 16-8 at Veterans Stadium, before losing 19 of 28. They lost 22 of 27 on the road, but are 19-7 in the last 26 games away from home. ... Sanders returned to the lineup after missing five straight games with a strained hamstring. ... Burrell was 0-for-15 before his homer. ... Phillies right-hander David Coggin pitched two scoreless innings to extend his scoreless streak to 18 innings.

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