SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Matt Morris mixed up his pitches to stymie
the Reds and even caught Cincinnati off guard with one swing of his
Morris hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and pitched a
three-hitter, lifting the San Francisco Giants past the wild
card-leading Reds 4-1 Friday night.
Morris retired 18 straight batters to finish his second complete
game of the season and 20th of his career. He ended a seven-start
winless stretch with his first victory since July 14 against
"That was vintage him," outfielder Steve Finley said. "He's
pitched a lot of games like that for us. We haven't given him many
runs. We haven't given him much breathing room. I thought he took
matters into his own hands."
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 26th home run of the season and No. 562
of his career for the Reds, who fell out of a virtual tie with St.
Louis for first place in the NL Central.
Omar Vizquel stole three bases for the Giants, the first San
Francisco player to do so since he did it in July 2005.
"I felt good. Slow pitcher," he said with a grin.
Shea Hillenbrand hit a solo home run to help Morris win his
fourth straight decision against the Reds dating to a defeat on
June 20, 2004.
With the Giants ahead 2-1, manager Felipe Alou sent Mark Sweeney
to the on-deck circle as a decoy in the eighth. After the Reds
intentionally walked rookie Eliezer Alfonzo with two outs, the
crowd roared when Morris came to bat.
Morris delivered, hitting a liner into the left-center gap for
his 10th hit in 52 at-bats this season and his third double. Morris
(9-11) won with an efficient 99-pitch effort.
"He was lobbying on the mound," Alou said.
Finley drew a one-out walk from Ryan Franklin, Thursday night's
winning pitcher, then stole second. Catcher Javier Valentin made a
throw that was offline trying for the pickoff and the ball got past
second baseman Brandon Phillips, allowing Finley to reach third.
Pedro Feliz then struck out swinging and the Reds intentionally
walked Alfonzo for the second straight time to bring up Morris
"A lot of luck," Morris said.
Griffey connected with two outs in the first, sending the ball
into the elevated seating area in right-center. He moved within one
home run of tying Reggie Jackson for 10th place on the career list.
The Giants tied it at 1 in the bottom half on Barry Bonds' RBI
single up the middle. The hit gave him 1,351 RBI as a Giant,
moving him past godfather Willie Mays and into sole possession of
second place on the San Francisco list behind Willie McCovey's
Hillenbrand hit a towering homer to left leading off the third
against Aaron Harang (13-9). It was Hillenbrand's fourth homer
since joining the Giants in a trade from Toronto on July 21 and his
16th overall this season.
"When I get into the rhythm of the game, I have better
control," Morris said. "Aaron's having a great year. I knew he
wasn't going to give up many."
Ray Durham had his 14-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-4
for the Giants.
Morris allowed a leadoff double to Edwin Encarnacion in the
fourth, then didn't permit another baserunner. The right-hander
struck out five and didn't walk a batter for the fourth time this
"Aaron Harang has a good outing every time," Reds manager
Jerry Narron said. "He did a great job of getting out of the first
inning. Morris just pitched a little better."
Harang missed his chance to become the NL's second 14-game
winner. He allowed nine hits and two runs in seven innings, struck
out one and walked two.
The 42-year-old Bonds, who hit his 725th career homer Monday
against Arizona, planned to take off Saturday afternoon's game
after playing in eight straight games. Twice in the season's second
half the slugger has played 12 straight games -- including 10
consecutive days following the All-Star break -- and 11 in a row in
the first half of the year.
"I'm exhausted," Bonds said in the dugout before the game.
"I've been playing every day."
Vizquel stole his 21st base in the first after a one-out
single, swiped No. 22 of the year in the seventh after another
single, then stole again moments later for his 23rd. ... Harang is
7-6 in 15 road outings this year. ... It warmed up Friday to 65
degrees at first pitch after Thursday's game time temperature of