PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brandon Duckworth pitched just five innings,
yet that was more than enough to make his manager happy.
Duckworth, making his second start of the season after beginning
the year on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis, gave up a run
on five hits as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San
Francisco Giants 10-2 Saturday night.
The right-hander went just 1 1/3 innings last Sunday, giving up
seven runs -- six earned -- in an 8-1 loss to Atlanta.
"He's still not where he wants to be, but tonight was much
better," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "He made pitches when
he had to and threw the ball, he wasn't as apprehensive. He gave
himself a chance to win."
Bobby Abreu homered, scored four runs and knocked in three. Jim
Thome also homered and drove in two runs for the Phillies, who have
won four of five. Abreu is 9-for-19 with nine RBI and seven runs
scored in his last five games.
Duckworth (1-1) walked three and struck out two. He threw 99
pitches, including 34 in the first inning when the Giants loaded
the bases but did not score.
"I was bound and determined to get out of that inning,"
Duckworth said. "I told myself that it was time to show something
The loss snapped the Giants' three-game winning streak, but
their 18-5 start still matches their best since moving to San
Francisco in 1958 -- tying the 1962 and 1971 teams.
Carlos Silva pitched four innings for his first save this season
and the second of his career.
Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch.
The Giants scored a run in the fourth but could have had more.
Benito Santiago was hit by a pitch and went to second on a single
by J.T. Snow. Marquis Grissom then hit a shallow fly ball to right
that got past Abreu, scoring Santiago. Snow made it to third and
Grissom went into second with a double.
"Alfonzo is not swinging the bat aggressively," Giants manager
Felipe Alou said. "I think we may have to move him around a little
(in the lineup)."
Williams (0-1), making his major league debut, went four-plus
innings, giving up five runs on five hits. He walked five and
struck out three.
After the game, Williams was sent down to Triple-A Fresno and
will be replaced by left-hander Jeff Urban.
"It was a learning process. I thought I pitched well, but I'm
not disappointed I'm going back down. I had a feeling I would be,"
Williams said. "It was a real good experience and I'd like to come
back and do better."
In the fourth, the Phillies scored three runs despite hitting
only one ball out of the infield. Williams walked the bases loaded
with one out and then walked Todd Pratt to force in a run. Tomas
Perez followed with an infield single, scoring Thome, and Duckworth
singled to center, Philadelphia's first hit to the outfield, to
score David Bell.
Williams then got back-to-back groundouts, including a nice play
by Snow at first that cut off a run.
The Phillies added two runs in the fifth. Consecutive singles by
Abreu and Pat Burrell chased Williams. Reliever Jim Brower got
Thome on a lineout before Bell doubled home Abreu, and Pratt
singled to score Burrell.
With one out in the sixth, Ricky Ledee tripled to left before
Abreu hit his third homer to center. One out later, Thome homered
to left, his third of the season.
In the eighth, Abreu's RBI double scored Ledee, who led off with
a double. Abreu then moved to third on a groundout and scored on a
sacrifice fly by Thome.
Bonds got hit by a pitch in the right shoulder in the third
inning. He stayed at the plate for a few moments before sharing a
laugh with Pratt and heading to first. ... Santiago tried to stay
in the game after being hit by a pitch in the fourth but was pulled
after taking some warmup tosses after the inning. He has a sore
right elbow and is day to day. ... Thome was 1-for-13 before his