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Millwood allows six hits over 6 2/3 innings

5/12/2004

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Kevin Millwood already had a lead when he
went out to face San Francisco in the first inning -- a similar
scene to a year ago when he no-hit the Giants.

Millwood relaxed after a shaky warmup and shut down San
Francisco again in the Philadelphia Phillies' fourth straight
victory, 10-4 Tuesday night.

"Coming out of the pen I didn't feel really great," he said.
"I never felt comfortable. But it's easy to feel confident when
you have runs on the board behind you."

And the Phillies provided plenty of them -- and not a single one
on a home run, this team's forte.

Chase Utley had two hits with a double and an RBI in his first
start since being recalled from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre on
Saturday. Marlon Byrd hit a three-run triple and Pat Burrell had
three hits, scored twice and drove in a run as the Phillies pounded
out 15 hits.

The 10 runs were the Phillies' most since getting that many last
Sept. 14 at Pittsburgh.

"It makes the pitchers work when you get on base," said Byrd,
who's been wearing his lucky Duke hat before each game, which was a
gift from Millwood and closer Billy Wagner. "It makes them think
about us."

The Giants' starting lineup was a combined 18-for-93 (.194)
against Millwood entering the game.

The right-hander no-hit the Giants on April 27, 2003, but didn't
go long without allowing one this outing. After retiring the side
in order in the first, Barry Bonds hit a leadoff double in the
second and Pedro Feliz followed with a single to center.

Millwood (4-2) allowed six hits and struck out four in 6 2-3
innings. He went 1-2-3 in the third and fifth and got double plays
in the second and fourth.

Bonds finished 1-for-3 with an intentional walk -- his major
league-leading 51st walk. The fans behind home plate twirled rubber
chickens, which is apparently the latest way of showing outrage to
those who walk the six-time NL MVP. Ushers handed out the chickens
before the game.

"I didn't notice," Millwood said. "I had some guy absolutely
bury me on-deck. What's new? ... He's the best player I've ever
seen."

Bonds said before the game he was "feeling better" after a
sinus infection forced him to miss three straight starts last week.

Giants starter Jerome Williams (3-2) left in the fourth inning
with a slight biceps strain. The team said he would be re-evaluated
Wednesday.

Williams threw a 2-0 pitch to David Bell for another ball, then
shook his throwing arm. Assistant trainer Ben Potenziano, pitching
coach Dave Righetti and manager Felipe Alou all went to the mound
to check on Williams, who walked off and was replaced by Wayne
Franklin.

"I felt a little tingle but I came out and felt fine,"
Williams said. "I won't miss my next start. I tried to shake it
off but they wanted to take me out as a precaution. To me it's
nothing."

The Giants trailed 2-1 when Williams got hurt.

With Burrell aboard on a single, Bell singled off Franklin and
Utley also singled to load the bases for Millwood, who struck out.
Franklin then gave up Byrd's triple.

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the first on three hits -- a
single, double and triple. Jimmy Rollins singled, Bobby Abreu
doubled him home and Jim Thome's triple scored Abreu.

"They attacked the ball, especially in the first inning," Alou
said.

Thome later hurt his left thumb and was replaced by Shawn
Wooten. Thome was hurt -- the team called it a "tweaked" thumb --
fielding Tyler Walker's grounder in the fifth. He also singled and
scored a run.

Bonds scored in the second when A.J. Pierzynski grounded into a
double play. J.T. Snow scored on a double play in the fourth. Feliz
homered for San Francisco's third run, a leadoff shot in the
seventh that gave him five for the season. Pinch-hitter Edgardo
Alfonzo drove in a run with a bunt single in the ninth.

Snow left after the fifth inning as a precaution after hitting
the back of his head on the ground. The first baseman was chasing a
foul ball by Byrd in the fourth inning, lunged over the dugout
railing but didn't make the play. He fell hard as he came back and
struck his head on the ground. The Giants said they did not believe
Snow had a concussion, although he was dizzy and lightheaded.

Byrd then hit his triple to give the Phillies a 5-1 lead.

Phillies manager Larry Bowa likes how his team is hitting --
especially when it can score 10 runs without a homer.

"That's good, real good," he said.

Game notes
Millwood also drove in a run with a fifth-inning bunt
single, his first hit and RBI this year. ... Bonds hit his 542nd
double to move him into a tie for 19th place on baseball's all-time
list with Harry Heilmann. ... Williams threw 51 pitches, 34
strikes. ... Millwood improved to 5-2 in eight career appearances
against the Giants. ... Philadelphia's 15 hits were two off its
season high.