SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- This night nearly called for Felipe Alou to
go with something stronger than red wine for his postgame drink.
Pinch-runner Ruben Rivera was thrown out at the plate on a
ridiculous play in the ninth inning, but Marquis Grissom hit a
two-out, two-run triple in the 13th to lift the San Francisco
Giants over Arizona 4-3 Tuesday night.
"If we'd have lost, it would have been a night for something
another color," Alou, the Giants' 68-year-old manager, said as he
slowly wiped his brow with his hand over and over again.
After Matt Williams hit a go-ahead double for the Diamondbacks
in the top of the 13th, Grissom won it with his drive off the
"I've got 14 years, I've got a lot of experience," said
Grissom, who is hitting .444 with 11 RBI since taking over the
leadoff spot. "I'm trying to relax and have fun. I don't go out
looking for a real big thing to happen."
It was another ball that Grissom hit to right that caused a
It was 2-all in the Giants' ninth when pinch-hitter Andres
Galarraga reached on an error. Rivera came in to pinch-run -- a move
that didn't work out too well.
Rivera began running on Grissom's fly that was misjudged for an
error by David Dellucci. Rivera initially thought the ball would be
caught, so he headed back toward first base.
When the ball dropped, Rivera took off again but missed touching
second base and wound up on the infield grass. Rivera backtracked,
tagged second and headed to third.
Second baseman Junior Spivey's relay was in plenty of time to
get Rivera at third, but the ball skipped away for another error.
Rivera bumped into third baseman Alex Cintron and headed home as
the ball rolled loose.
Arizona shortstop Tony Womack captured the carom and threw home,
and Rivera was easily tagged out. Alou could only shake his head
after watching what happened.
When asked what happened, Rivera said, "Whoa, that's really
kind of hard to say."
Rivera said his reactions were behind the entire play.
"I don't know if I can sleep tonight," he said. "In all my
career it's the first time it's happened. I know it's going to be
on the highlights. It can happen to anybody. I'm not sad, but I am
sad that I tried to score and it didn't happen. Everything was so
quick, I didn't have time to think."
Rivera's misadventure left Alou shaking his head in the dugout.
"I've got to listen to a lot of versions of the replay and then
I'll tell you how I feel about it," Alou said. "He missed second
a couple times."
Earlier this month, Pac Bell was the site of another bizarre
play on the bases. Montreal misplayed a popup and mixed up the
infield fly rule, allowing a Giant runner to sneak home. The Expos
still won the game.
The Giants started a 12-game homestand by winning in dramatic
San Francisco failed to score in the 12th after putting runners
on first and third with no outs.
"I usually don't have command problems," Mantei said. "I beat
myself tonight and I have to learn from it."
These two teams played 18 innings here two years ago, followed
by a 12-inning game the next day.
"The 18-inning game we had with them two years ago crossed my
mind," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "It makes you think about
making moves and not burning players. Something like this hurts for
a couple hours, but you've got to come back and play tomorrow.
We've had a lot of tough losses this year. You have to have a short
Cintron homered and Byung-Hyun Kim pitched seven strong innings,
but the Diamondbacks' bullpen couldn't hold its lead.
Kim came off the 15-day disabled list after sitting out with a
bruised right ankle to make his first career start against the
Barry Bonds returned to the Giants' lineup, four days after
hurting his right knee when he ran into the outfield wall in
Colorado. The five-time MVP went 0-for-3 with three walks.
Giants starter Jason Schmidt pitched well against Arizona for
the second time in a week. Last Wednesday, Schmidt blanked the
Diamondbacks 6-0 for his fourth career shutout.
After the homer to Cintron, Schmidt retired 18 straight batters
before hitting Luis Gonzalez in the left calf with two outs in the
ninth. Gonzalez left the game with a left calf contusion and will
be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Brenly said Gonzalez has a knot behind the calf with
considerable swelling but he could play Wednesday.
Arizona RHP John Patterson will be brought up Wednesday
from Triple-A Tucson to start in place of RHP Brandon Webb, who
will skip a start because of tendinitis near his right elbow. ...
The same male fan missed three opportunities to catch foul balls
behind home plate in the first six innings, getting his hand on all