San Francisco ends three-game skid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Felipe Alou had his doubts three hits would
keep the Giants in the ballgame. Gutsy relief pitching made all the

Pinch-hitter Deivi Cruz singled to left in the 13th inning and
San Francisco ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over
Arizona on Thursday night.

The game went 3 hours, 46 minutes, and matched a 13-inning game
played by the Braves and Marlins on April 6. The Giants needed
every pitcher in their pen, and even sent Friday starter Kirk
Rueter out to warm up at the end.

"It's a funny game," said Alou, who was ready for a long one,
even keeping two jackets handy. "You see how far three hits can
take you."

The Giants, who finished with six hits, loaded the bases with
none out in the 13th against Mike Gosling (0-2). Lance Niekro
singled, Pedro Feliz doubled and Edgardo Alfonzo was intentionally
walked before Cruz's hit scored Niekro.

"You hope you can get out of it with a popup or a double
play," Gosling said. "I threw a first-pitch changeup to Cruz
hoping to get him out in front, but he was right on it."

It was the Giants' first 13-inning game since May 27, 2003, also
against Arizona -- won 4-3 by San Francisco. The Diamondbacks played
a 13-inning game last year against Colorado and won 4-3.

Tyler Walker (1-0) pitched the 12th and 13th innings for the

"I probably threw the least pitches of anybody," Walker said,
smiling. "Deivi spent all day waiting to play, then got in there
and made it count."

Matt Herges allowed a one-out double to Shawn Green in the 11th,
then intentionally walked Chad Tracy before Scott Eyre relieved and
got Alex Cintron to hit into a double play.

The Giants, in quite an offensive funk lately, had lost six of
eight, so this was a big boost as they head into a weekend series
against Milwaukee.

"Any win is important," San Francisco's Ray Durham said. "I'd
rather have had it easier, but we'll take 'em any way we get

Tracy hit a three-run homer, Cintron had a double among his
three hits and Luis Gonzalez and Green added two hits each for the
Diamondbacks, who beat the Giants 2-1 on Wednesday.

Brian Bruney, making his majors-leading 11th appearance, walked
the first two batters he faced in the eighth and later gave up a
tying sacrifice fly to Feliz for the right-hander's second blown
save in three opportunities.

That spoiled what would have been Russ Ortiz's first victory
over his former team after eight strong innings and kept Giants ace
Jason Schmidt from his first loss to Arizona in nine starts dating
to a 6-4 defeat Sept. 5, 2002.

This was an exciting pitcher's duel featuring Ortiz against his
old teammate Schmidt, the two of them tied for the most wins by a
starting pitcher since 2003 with 37. Ortiz and Schmidt spent a year
and a half together in San Francisco's rotation before Ortiz left
for Atlanta following the Giants' 2002 World Series season.

Ortiz didn't allow a baserunner past first until Ray Durham
singled in the sixth, went to second on a wild pitch and advanced
to third on Omar Vizquel's groundout. Then, rookie Niekro sent a
hanging 2-2 breaking ball from Ortiz into the left-field seats for
his second homer of the year to pull the Giants to 3-2.

"It just came down to someone had to win," Ortiz said. "I
felt like I only made one mistake."

Schmidt gave way to Jeff Fassero in the eighth after 107
pitches. Schmidt allowed three runs on six hits, struck out five
and walked one.

The lanky right-hander retired 10 of 11 batters to start the
game, allowing only a leadoff double to Troy Glaus in the second.

Then Schmidt gave up four hits in the fourth, including Tracy's
third homer of the year to dead center.

"It was one pitch basically," Schmidt said.

Alou is ready to make some wholesale lineup changes to improve
production, but is waiting to shuffle his batting order until he
knows the status of first baseman J.T. Snow, who's nursing a right
groin strain but came in to pinch-hit in the ninth and flied out.

Game notes
San Francisco's Michael Tucker tossed his helmet in the
11th after lining out and got fined by home-plate umpire Paul
Emmel, then Tucker was removed in a double-switch. ... Alfonzo has
reached base in every game so far. ... The Giants' Snow is
optimistic he will stay off the disabled list. Snow took regular
batting practice, fielding grounders, ran the bases and did agility
drills in the outfield. ... Alou needs two wins for 200 with the