Series: Game 2 of 4

San Francisco leads 2-0 (as of 7/29)

Game 1: Thursday, July 28
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Game 2: Friday, July 29
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Game 3: Saturday, July 30
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Game 4: Sunday, July 31
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Giants 7

(45-57, 23-27 away)

Brewers 6

(50-54, 28-20 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 29, 2005

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: J. Fassero (2-6)

    L: M. Wise (4-3)

    S: T. Walker (18)

    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.

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