SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Even before three innings had been
completed, Brett Tomko received two visits from the team trainer,
one for a sore right shoulder, the second when he was hit in the
right foot by a line drive.
Tomko pitched on through the sixth inning despite the aches and
got a big lift from both his offense and defense in the San
Francisco Giants' 8-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday
"I feel beat up but you kind of smell it when you get a lead,"
Tomko said. "I didn't want to come out of the game. Wins are tough
enough to come by."
Durham and shortstop Omar Vizquel turned in a spectacular double
play to end the third inning, and combined again for an
extraordinary play in the eighth, both times turning hits into
"You don't see that every day," Feliz said. "These are the
times you feel good they are on your team. It's great to see it
live and not on ESPN."
Local product Dontrelle Willis suffered through yet another
embarrassing loss in San Francisco as the Marlins lost for the
eighth time in their last 11 games.
Willis (13-6), who grew up in nearby Alameda, dropped to 0-2 in
four career starts against the Giants. He lasted a season-low three
innings, giving up seven runs and six hits. He has allowed 23 runs
in his last three starts to extend his season-worst losing streak
"We've been playing better ball and obviously I've been
struggling," Willis said. "It's one of those things where you
think about it going into it. You just want to do well. I want to
put up a solid outing."
Willis has given up 18 runs and 17 hits in a total of nine
innings in San Francisco.
"I don't know what it is about San Francisco," Marlins manager
Jack McKeon said. "We got him nine runs here last year. I have no
idea. He gets behind the hitters; he's in trouble. He throws
strikes; he'll be fine."
Tomko (7-10) remained unbeaten in six career decisions against
the Marlins. He allowed four runs and 10 hits through six innings.
Tomko, who fell on his right shoulder in the first and had a line
drive hit off his foot in the third, won a second straight decision
for the first time since late April.
"I'm pretty sore but nothing is broken," Tomko said. "The
plays Ray and Omar made are about as good as you're going to see.
Those are key plays."
Tyler Walker worked the ninth for his 15th save as San Francisco
won for the eighth time in 13 games.
Cabrera gave Florida a 2-0 lead with his 21st homer in the
first. Lowell's first road home run, leading off the second, made
The first four hitters reached base against Willis in the second
with Alfonzo's single driving in a run. Alfonzo was activated from
the disabled list Friday and played in his first game since June 12
when he injured his leg.
"It's just nice to be back and healthy," Alfonzo said. "I
just tried to do my thing and put the ball in play. This is a good
sign for me."
Feliz singled home another run and Alfonzo came around to score
on the play when left fielder Cabrera dropped the ball to tie it at
Juan Encarnacion hit a sacrifice fly in the third for a 4-3
Florida lead but it was all Giants afterward.
Feliz's two-run homer highlighted a four-run third that ended
Willis' night. Durham and Alfonzo also drove in runs as the Giants
took a 7-4 lead.
"I don't think too much when I go to the plate," Feliz said.
"I just want to hit the ball hard."
Durham's single made it 8-4 in the fifth.
Paul Lo Duca singled home a run for the Marlins in the seventh.
Ismael Valdez pitched two innings in his season debut. Valdez,
who was activated off the DL earlier Friday, had been out since a
minor league start in early April when he was hit by a line drive
and had a hairline fracture in his right fibula.
LHP Scott Olsen was sent to Double-A Carolina to make room
for Valdez. ... OF Adam Shabala was optioned to Triple-A Fresno to
make way for Alfonzo. ... The Marlins have not won the opener of a
three-game series since June 24. ... The Marlins fell to 4-13 at
SBC Park. ... Giants RHP LaTroy Hawkins has not allowed a run in
his last eight appearances.