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Dropped ball leads to Giant inning, victory

4/25/2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants are finding
different ways to win.

Pat Burrell dropped J.T. Snow's shallow fly to left, allowing
three runs to score in the eighth inning, as the Giants beat the
Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 Friday night.

Marquis Grissom hit a two-run homer and Jose Cruz Jr. added a
solo shot for the Giants, off to an NL-best 18-4 start.

"When you get an opportunity to get an extra out, you have to
capitalize,'' Grissom said. "We make teams have to beat our whole
lineup.''

The Phillies, who entered the game tied with the Giants for best
fielding percentage in the NL, committed two errors that led to
five runs in the eighth.

The game was played in a steady rain from the fourth inning on.

"You can't give a team like that five runs,'' Phillies manager
Larry Bowa said.

Joe Nathan (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Kurt
Ainsworth, who allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.
Nathan hasn't allowed a run in 14 2-3 innings this season.

Phillies starter Vicente Padilla (3-2) gave up five runs -- two
earned -- and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings.

With one out in the eighth, Rich Aurilia reached when second
baseman Chase Utley's throw pulled Jim Thome off first, even though
it appeared Thome touched the bag before Aurilia.

Padilla got Barry Bonds on a flyout, but Cruz walked and Benito
Santiago hit an infield single to third, loading the bases.

Dan Plesac entered and got Snow to hit his first pitch to
shallow left, but the ball bounced off Burrell's glove and rolled
to the corner, scoring all three runners to give the Giants a 5-2
lead.

"The conditions were bad, but the bottom line is you've got to
make that catch,'' Burrell said. "There's no excuse. I had a
terrible game.''

Terry Adams came in and Grissom hit his first pitch over the
right-field wall to make it 7-2.

Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Scott Eyre for
the Phillies.

The Phillies had just 11 errors in their first 22 games, but
three against the Giants.

"Wins aren't ugly to me,'' Aurilia said. No matter how you get
them, you get them.''

Cruz's seventh homer gave San Francisco a 1-0 lead in the
second.

Bonds made it 2-0 in the third on a two-out bloop double to
right. Ray Durham reached on an infield single to first when
Padilla failed to cover the bag, and moved to second when Edgardo
Alfonzo was hit by a pitch. He scored when Bonds' hit fell between
Utley and Abreu in right field. On the play, Alfonzo was thrown out
at the plate by Utley.

Ricky Ledee's RBI double cut it to 2-1 in the third. David
Bell's RBI single in the fourth tied it at 2.

Ainsworth got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, retiring
Mike Lieberthal on a liner to center.

"I knew I had to go at least six innings,'' Ainsworth said.

Burrell grounded into two, inning-ending double plays, including
one in the seventh against Nathan. He had gone 89 at-bats without
hitting into one entering the game.

Game notes
Snow returned to the lineup after missing one game with a
bruised right forearm. Snow, hit by a pitch from Julian Tavarez in
the 13th inning Wednesday night, initially was thought to have
broken his arm. ... Cruz has reached safely in all 22 games. ...
Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins has reached safely in 18 straight. ...
Durham has hit in six straight, batting .435 (10-for-23) in that
span. ... The Phillies' top three starters -- Padilla, Kevin
Millwood and Randy Wolf -- are 9-4 with a 3.19 ERA.

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