Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, June 18
Tampa Bay 8Final
San Francisco 3
Game 2: Wednesday, June 19
Tampa Bay 0Final
San Francisco 8
Game 3: Thursday, June 20
Tampa Bay 2Final
San Francisco 10

Devil Rays 2

(24-46, 11-25 away)

Giants 10

(40-30, 21-14 home)

    3:35 PM ET, June 20, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: R. Ortiz (6-4)

    L: T. Sturtze (0-8)

    Giants send Sturze to his eighth straight loss

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Daytime baseball agrees with Marvin Benard.

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    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.

    Game notes


    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.

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