SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Daytime baseball agrees with Marvin Benard.
Benard had a season-high four hits and Rich Aurilia drove in four runs as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-2 Thursday.Benard, who tripled, doubled and singled twice, said it's just
easier to play in the day."At night here it's hard to break a sweat,'' he said. "It's much easier during the day. I haven't played as much as I liked, but you have to take advantage when you get the chance.''Russ Ortiz (6-4) allowed two unearned runs over eight innings as
the Giants improved to 6-6 in interleague play.Ortiz allowed six hits, including a two-run homer by Ben Grieve.
The Devil Rays fell to 11-25 on the road."I knew they were an aggressive team,'' Ortiz said. "My
thinking was to go out and throw strikes, and let them hit the
ball. I'm not going to paint the corners. I'm going to go after
guys.''Tanyon Sturtze (0-8) now owns the longest losing streak in the
majors after allowing a season-high seven runs on 13 hits over 5
1/3 innings. The Devil Rays committed three errors."When you give a big league team extra outs they'll make you pay,'' Sturtze said. "I guess it's one of those years when anything bad that happens, happens on my days. I just hope it ends pretty soon. It's been a little bit embarrassing for me.''Sturtze, who led the Devil Rays with 11 wins last year, had
pitched nine innings in each of his last two starts."He's pitched a lot of innings, which means he's good,'' Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae said. "He has to go out and pitch and not worry about the record.''The Devil Rays scored both their runs in the first inning. After
Randy Winn reached base on Aurilia's error at shortstop, Grieve hit
his eighth homer of the season.Benard, who also scored a season-high four runs, led off the
first with a single and stole second. He scored on Reggie Sanders'
single."It was great that he could score runs and give Barry (Bonds) a
day off,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said.Aurilia singled home two runs during a four-run second. Tsuyoshi
Shinjo homered and Benard singled home a run.Aurilia hit his sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot off
reliever Jason Jimenez in the eighth. Jeff Kent also homered in the
inning."We played like we'd been at sea for six months,'' McRae said. "That was maybe the worst game we played all year.''Kent had three hits in all three games against the Devils Rays,
finishing 9-for-14 with a pair of homers.
Giants OF Bonds took a scheduled day off. ... Devil Rays
pitchers have allowed 13 hits in a game four times, including twice
by Sturtze. ... Ortiz improved to 3-0 in his last four interleague
starts. ... Winn went 0-for-4 to end his career-high 13-game
hitting streak. ... The last time a Giants player scored four runs
in a game was Russ Davis last June 2 at Colorado. ... The Giants
stole a season-high three bases.