SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Brett Tomko got more moral support than run
support from his teammates earlier this season. That all changed in
the Giants' highest-scoring effort of the month.
Feliz and Alou both homered in the first inning of the biggest
offensive night since April 27 for the Giants (23-22), who pulled
even with the Dodgers in the NL West standings.
Barry Bonds wasn't missed for one night, as San Francisco's
4-5-6 hitters -- Alou, Edgardo Alfonzo and Feliz -- combined for six
hits and seven RBI. Jason Ellison, Omar Vizquel and Deivi Cruz
also drove in runs.
Tomko (4-6) has earned a decision in each of his 10 starts this
season, but he had received just 2.3 runs of support per nine
innings, third-lowest in the NL. San Francisco scored just nine
total runs in his last five starts.
But the Giants gave him a fluffy cushion this time. Tomko, whose
teammates blamed themselves for his subpar record, finished his
quietly efficient outing by retiring 10 of his last 11 batters.
"Scoring some runs and burying some people is better than
anything," Tomko said. "We didn't have a lot of games where we
broke out this season. ... The guys are trying. They're not
purposely trying not to score runs. You've just got to ride it
Feliz, who has missed just one game for the injury-plagued
Giants this season, had the fifth multihomer game of his career.
His shot off reliever Buddy Carlyle in the sixth inning landed deep
in the left field stands, inciting raucous chants of "Beat L.A.!"
J.D. Drew homered for the Dodgers, who have lost 10 of 13. Their
slumping lineup couldn't solve Tomko, who was still throwing 95-mph
fastballs in the eighth inning.
"When things have been going the way they've been going for us,
you just hope you don't get in a hole," manager Jim Tracy said.
"When they hit homers and there are people on base, the number on
that scoreboard gets to the point where it becomes fairly
Wilson Alvarez (1-2) was battered in his first start of the
season for the Dodgers, allowing six runs and seven hits in the
first two innings of his three-inning stint.
Alvarez missed the first month of the season with shoulder
tendinitis, then spent the last three weeks in the bullpen. He was
on a 65-pitch limit, but needed 46 pitches just to get through the
first two innings -- and by the time he was through, his ERA rose
from 0.84 to 4.61.
"They were good pitches," Alvarez said. "I was looking at the
video. I threw the ball how I wanted, and they hit it. ... If I get
another chance, I'll try it again."
Alou hit his sixth homer of the season after a lengthy
first-inning battle with Alvarez. Alfonzo then doubled, and Feliz
ended a 1-for-15 slump with his seventh homer of the season.
Feliz's two-run homer highlighted San Francisco's three-run
sixth, and Alou added a solo shot in the seventh for his 27th
"I'm still not there. I want to be able to hit the ball hard
two games in a row," said Alou, who has four homers in his last
five games. We hadn't scored 10 runs in a long time. It was nice to
be able to see that."
Jayson Werth went 0-for-2 while playing four innings in his
first game of the season for Los Angeles. Werth, who hit 16 homers
as a rookie last season, missed the Dodgers' exhibition schedule
and the first 44 regular-season games with a broken wrist.
Scott Erickson, recently dropped from the Dodgers' rotation
after going 1-4 with a 7.22 ERA, made his first relief appearance
since Aug. 23, 2002, in the seventh inning. Erickson has pitched
just six times as a reliever in 370 major league games.
Jeff Kent went 0-for-4. He's hitless in his last 20
at-bats. ... Giants 2B Ray Durham, who has a 13-game hitting
streak, was scratched with an ingrown toenail. He missed Sunday's
game against Oakland with a sprained finger. ... The Dodgers
activated Werth from the disabled list before the game, sending
rookie OF Jason Repko back to Triple-A Las Vegas.