Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 6/18)

Game 1: Friday, June 18
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San Francisco9
Game 2: Saturday, June 19
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Game 3: Sunday, June 20
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Red Sox 14

(39-27, 17-16 away)

Giants 9

(35-32, 18-15 home)

    10:15 PM ET, June 18, 2004

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: M. Timlin (4-2)

    L: J. Williams (6-5)

    Giants' nine-game home win streak ends

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox showed manager Terry Francona just the kind of offensive display he came to fear as Oakland's bench coach a year ago.

    The craziest thing about it? Boston made this pitcher friendly park seem like a hitter's haven just after the Red Sox had their share of struggles at Coors Field.

    Pinch-hitter Kevin Millar hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning, and Boston had four other longballs to power past the San Francisco Giants 14-9 on Friday night.

    "It was a big hit at the time in a game we're down 7-2," Millar said. "This is something you just build off of."

    David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez also homered in the fifth, and Trot Nixon and Doug Mirabelli hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth for Boston. The five homers were a Giants opponent record.

    "Have you ever seen seven home runs hit in this ballpark?" slugger Barry Bonds said. "That was unreal. It makes this ballpark look like Colorado."

    Marquis Grissom homered twice for the Giants, who had their nine-game home winning streak snapped in the highly anticipated first regular-season meeting between the teams.

    The game was played before a rowdy sellout crowd of 42,557, the Giants' third-largest this season. After the homers by Nixon and Mirabelli, fans started throwing about two dozen baseballs onto the field, delaying the game.

    "About saw everything tonight," Francona said. "It was like playing a couple of different games. Early on, we were scrambling to stay in it. So many guys did so many things to keep us in the game."

    Francona praised the poise of Mike Timlin (4-2), who pitched 2 2-3 innings for the win, allowing only one hit.

    With Boston trailing 7-6 in the fifth, Millar's shot hit the left-field wall just above the outstretched glove of Bonds and went over for his second career pinch-hit homer -- and the first by a Red Sox player this year.

    Ortiz hit a two-run homer earlier in the inning and Ramirez connected for his AL-leading 18th homer one batter later for Boston, which had lost six of nine on the road.

    The Red Sox made it 7-6 after consecutive fielding errors by shortstop Deivi Cruz and right fielder Michael Tucker.

    Cruz attempted a backhanded catch in left field and dropped the ball. It should've been Bonds' play, but he didn't appear to call off Cruz. Tucker committed the other error when he dropped a ball hit by Pokey Reese.

    "One inning, seven runs and that was the ballgame," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "If you catch two flyballs, that lineup's not that great. To me that was it, that inning. Once you open the gates, you're going to pay for it."

    Giants starter Jerome Williams (6-5) lost for the first time in eight career interleague starts. He gave up five earned runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked three in 4 2-3 innings.

    Grissom hit his eighth homer leading off the third, sending the first pitch he saw from Wakefield into the left-field bleachers for a solo shot. It was his first homer since June 2 and snapped an 0-for-10 slump.

    He connected again an inning later for a three-run homer. It was Grissom's ninth career multihomer game, and third with the Giants. He also hit two April 13 this season against Milwaukee.

    Grissom grounded into a double play in the eighth after the Giants added two runs against Alan Embree.

    Ortiz has driven in nine runs in his last two games. He had a career-high five RBI on Thursday in Colorado, and two run-scoring singles to go with his homer Friday.

    The last time these teams played outside spring training was June 28, 1954 -- a charity game at the Polo Grounds in New York played in front of 11,380 fans.

    Friday marked the first game that's counted since the clubs met in the 1912 World Series, when Boston beat the New York Giants in eight games.

    Bonds, 0-for-7 lifetime against Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield coming in, went 0-for-3 with two walks -- one intentional.

    The Giants scored two unearned runs in the first following a passed ball and a wild pitch. Wakefield threw another wild pitch in the second, when the Giants added another run on Ray Durham's sacrifice fly.

    Wakefield hasn't won since beating Toronto 7-2 on May 23 -- a span of five starts.

    Game notes


    The seven combined homers matched the ballpark record, previously set Sept. 5, 2000, vs. Philadelphia. ... The only teams the Red Sox haven't faced in the regular season are the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati. ... Boston had its streak of consecutive games with a double end at 41. ... Tickets for this series sold out in 20 minutes in February. They were being listed on eBay for more than $1,500.

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