PHOENIX (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants came to Arizona nursing
a sore backside after one of the worst losses imaginable. Two
victories over the Diamondbacks have eased the pain.
Jason Christiansen, who gave up five runs in one inning in
Sunday's 16-0 loss to Oakland, stifled Arizona's bases-loaded,
no-out threat in the sixth inning and the Giants went on to a 4-2
victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
"It probably was the most embarrassing game in my career,"
Christiansen said of that 16-0 pasting, "but I've got a short
memory. It's good to get in a situation like I did tonight. It
showed me that Felipe and everybody still have the confidence in
Manager Felipe Alou said the Giants were anxious to get to
Arizona after being swept by Oakland.
"This is a big league team. It's missing some key parts but
it's still a big league team," Alou said. "It's not like we came
here to catch the heat. We came here to play baseball."
"I took a different stance against him," Vizquel said, "and
then tried not to pull him. Then the first base hit I didn't even
try to pull that ball and it still went to right. It shows you that
sometimes when you stay inside the ball anything can happen."
Moises Alou was 3-for-4 with two RBI, and drew praise from his
father Felipe for his ability to hit with two strikes.
"You've got to be tough, and Moises Alou is a tough man,"
Felipe Alou said. "You see I'm not even saying he's a tough
hitter, he's a tough man ... so with two strikes, he still believes
that he's going to beat you. All good hitters do that."
Vizquel drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, reached on a
walk and scored a run to help the Giants win two in a row for the
first time in 11 games.
Alou singled in two runs off Webb (8-4), who allowed three runs
on nine hits in seven innings.
Christiansen (4-1) came on with the bases loaded and no outs in
the sixth, and got out of the jam by giving up only a sacrifice fly
that tied it 2-all. He got the victory after the Giants scored the
go-ahead run in the seventh.
Tyler Walker put runners on first and second with no outs to
start the ninth before finishing for his 11th save in 13 chances.
Jason Ellison singled to start the seventh, then stole second.
After two outs, Vizquel singled up the middle to bring home Ellison
to make it 3-2.
San Francisco went up 4-2 when Todd Linden scored from first on
Michael Tucker's pinch-hit single to right in the ninth.
Kirk Rueter failed to get a victory for the eighth consecutive
start, despite a strong outing. He gave up two runs -- one earned --
on three hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out two.
Two San Francisco errors on the same play made Arizona's tying
run unearned in the sixth. Royce Clayton walked, then Luis Gonzalez
hit a sharp grounder. The ball glanced off the glove of Lance
Niekro, who was playing first base because J.T. Snow was ejected in
the fifth. Then second baseman Ray Durham went for the ball
barehanded and missed it, allowing Clayton to take third.
"They put pressure on us every inning and we did nothing
offensively tonight," Arizona's Craig Counsell said.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the third on Vizquel's two-out
walk, Snow's ground-rule double and Alou's two-run single.
"That was the at-bat that I wish I had back, the two-out
walk," Webb said said, "They ended up getting two runs off that.
That was pretty frustrating."
Arizona made it 2-1 in the third on Clayton's RBI single. Webb's
attempt at a sacrifice bunt in the inning failed when the runner
was forced at third. Webb was safe at first, but was called out for
turning the wrong way after crossing the base.
Gonzalez returned to the Arizona lineup after missing three
games to go to Florida following the death of his stepfather. INF
Matt Kata was sent back to Triple-A Tucson to make room for
Gonzalez on the roster. ... Eleven of San Francisco's 13 hits were
singles. ... Rueter, 0-5 in his last eight starts, snapped a string
of four straight losses.