SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Jose Cruz Jr. kept alive the San
Francisco Giants' slim hopes of gaining home-field advantage
throughout the National League playoffs.
Cruz drilled a three-run homer off Guillermo Mota in the bottom
of the eighth inning to lift the Giants to a 6-3 victory over
the Los Angeles Dodgers and a split of their day-night
San Francisco can earn home-field advantage over the Atlanta
Braves with a win in Sunday's season finale and a loss by the
Braves at Philadelphia. Earlier Saturday, the Giants opted
against playing a makeup game against the New York Mets on
Monday, which would have enhanced their chances.
With the game tied, 3-3, Mota (6-3) started the eighth inning
and was greeted by Marvin Benard's double. Yorvit Torrealba
followed with a grounder, but second baseman Alex Cora tried to
nab Benard at third and both runners were safe.
Cruz was next and deposited a 2-0 delivery over the right field
fence for his 20th homer. It was the third time he has homered
at least 20 times in a season.
The blast made a winner of Joe Nathan (12-4), who allowed one
hit in the top of the eighth. Closer Tim Worrell bounced back
from a terrible outing in the first game by recording the final
three outs for his 38th save in 45 chances.