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Giants topple Brewers with five-run eighth inning

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kirk Rueter probably earned another start
thanks to his teammates' efforts in a comeback win.

Pinch-hitter Ray Durham doubled in the go-ahead runs in San
Francisco's five-run eighth inning and the Giants rallied for a 7-6
victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

While Jeff Fassero (2-6) pitched the seventh for the win, his
first since May 21, the rally kept Rueter from being tagged with a
loss that would have dropped his record to 2-8.

Rueter was demoted to the bullpen almost four weeks ago, and
didn't like it. He said Tuesday that if he couldn't pitch every
five days, he would prefer to be traded.

After the Giants won their 11th consecutive game at Miller Park,
Rueter had a different tone.

"I want to stay, I don't want to go," he said after allowing
five runs and seven hits with two walks in 3 2/3 innings. "I'm
just thankful the guys came back tonight and bailed me out of my
fourth inning by having their own five-run [inning] in the
eighth."

Giants manager Felipe Alou said that barring a trade, Rueter
will get the ball again.

"If we stay the way we are, he'll get another start," Alou
said. "He's in the rotation."

Rueter retired the first two batters in the fourth, but the next
seven Brewers pushed across five runs on five hits and two walks
for a 5-2 lead.

Carlos Lee's 25th homer on a 3-2 pitch from Rueter started
Milwaukee's five-run fourth that ended the team's streak of 22 2/3
innings without a run. Geoff Jenkins doubled and scored on Damian
Miller's single. Hall, who had three hits, drove in Miller with a
double before two walks and a wild pitch set up Brady Clark's
two-run single. Kevin Correia took over and struck out Rickie Weeks
to end the inning.

"We definitely put together a nice streak with two outs,"
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

But the bullpen couldn't protect the lead.

Milwaukee reliever Matt Wise (4-3) took the loss after failing
to hold a three-run edge.

With the Giants trailing 5-2 in the eighth, Moises Alou walked
with one out. Pedro Feliz then hit a two-run homer, his 17th.

"It kind of fell apart from there," Yost said.

After Feliz's homer, Deivi Cruz walked and went to third on
Marquis Grissom's single.

Julio Santana took over and struck out Mike Matheny before
Durham hit the first pitch to center field. Clark raced back but
couldn't hold onto the ball and it rolled to the warning track for
a two-run double that made it 6-5.

"Brady Clark made a great effort to catch that ball," Santana
said. "It was inches away from winning the game."

Omar Vizquel doubled home Durham, who is limited to
pinch-hitting this week while resting a strained right groin and
abdomen.

"They couldn't get the last out in the eighth and I couldn't
get the last out in the fourth," Rueter said.

LaTroy Hawkins started the eighth for San Francisco and struck
out the first two batters. Bill Hall singled and went to third when
Hawkins overthrew first base on J.J. Hardy's grounder in front of
the mound. Scott Eyre retired pinch-hitter Wes Helms to end the
threat.

"It finally feels like we're playing like a team," said Tyler
Walker, who gave up a solo homer to Clark in the ninth but earned
his 18th save.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis gave up a two-run homer to Alou,
his 13th, in the first. It was Alou's first homer since connecting
off Oakland's Dan Haren on June 25, a span of 83 at-bats.

Davis allowed four hits and walked four in 6 2/3 innings.

Game notes
Weeks, a rookie 2B, was given Thursday night off because of
a 1-for-11 slump. He was 0-for-5 Friday night. ... Rueter has had
just two losing seasons (1996, 2004) in 13 years as a starter in
the majors. ... Davis has six consecutive no-decisions in pursuit
of his 10th victory. ... The Brewers released RHP Ricky Bottalico.
The team designated him for assignment earlier this week.