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