SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Omar Vizquel's go-ahead single with two
outs in the eighth inning sent the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1
victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday, completing a three-game
Jason Ellison hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the Giants' first
run in the second and scored on Vizquel's single to right off
Francisco Cordero, who relieved Scott Feldman (0-2) after he
allowed Ellison's leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt by Eliezer
Cordero came in to face pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino with one out,
and Vizcaino grounded out to shortstop to move Ellison to third.
Texas lost its fifth straight game and has scored only 11 runs
during the skid. This marked the Rangers' first losing road trip of
the year (1-5).
The Giants had their first three-game home sweep since April
8-10, 2005, against Colorado.
Vizquel had two hits and Pedro Feliz had a hit and scored a run
for the Giants, who faced a left-handed starter for the second
San Francisco ended a 6-3 homestand and now leaves town for a
season-long 11-game road trip against its NL West foes -- San Diego,
Colorado and Los Angeles -- leading into the All-Star break. The
trek includes a doubleheader Saturday against the Padres to make up
an early rainout.
Jason Schmidt, making his first career appearance against Texas,
saw his winless stretch reach four starts with his third
no-decision during that span since winning six straight decisions.
He still has a six-game home winning streak.
After allowing a leadoff single to Gary Matthews Jr. to start
the game, Schmidt got nine straight outs before Mark DeRosa's
triple to right-center leading off the fourth. DeRosa scored to tie
the game at 1 on Teixeira's fielder's choice after third baseman
Feliz booted a routine grounder by Michael Young for an error.
Feliz was part of a great play in the fifth, when the Giants
turned a rare 5-6-4 double play. Feliz charged John Koronka's bunt,
threw to shortstop Vizquel covering third, then Vizquel fired to
second baseman Ray Durham at first to get the pitcher.
Schmidt escaped a jam in the seventh.
With runners on first and second with one out, he got
pinch-hitter Jason Botts to fly out, then ended the threat when
Matthews grounded out.
Feliz doubled to start the second for the Giants, moved to third
on Steve Finley's flyout to center and scored on Ellison's
Barry Bonds got the day off for San Francisco following a night
game Wednesday after having appeared in 11 straight contests, not
Koronka allowed four hits and one run in six innings, struck out
two and didn't walk a batter, but he hasn't gone more than 6 1-3
innings in his last six outings -- though he'd won his previous two
Texas concluded a stretch of 15 straight games against the NL
West, going 6-9 -- 2-7 on the road.
The Giants finished interleague play 8-7 and had their
first winning homestand since May 8-14 (4-3). ... Durham grounded
into his team-leading 13th double play to end the first. Former C
A.J. Pierzynski holds the franchise record with 27 in 2004. ... The
Rangers acquired minor league LHP Daniel Haigwood and cash from
Philadelphia for LHP Fabio Castro. Texas also reinstated RHP Josh
Rupe from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A
Oklahoma, and released INF Marshall McDougall from the Oklahoma
squad. ... Ellison drove in his third run of the year. ... Schmidt
threw two wild pitches.