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National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Philadelphia

(Friday, April 25th)

Final Score: San Francisco 7, Philadelphia 4

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - J.T. Snow's fly ball to left field with the bases loaded was misplayed into a three-base error, as the Giants scored five times in the eighth inning to snap a tie and beat Philadelphia, 7-4, in the opener of a three-game series at rainy Veterans Stadium.

Marquis Grissom capped the five-run rally with a two-run homer, as San Francisco won its third straight and improved to 5-2 on a nine-game road trip. Jose Cruz, Jr. also homered in the victory.

Kurt Ainsworth started for the Giants and threw six innings of two-run ball. The righthander allowed eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Joe Nathan (2-0) worked two scoreless innings for the win.

Ricky Ledee and David Bell each had an RBI for Philadelphia, which was coming off a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer in the ninth in the losing effort.

Vicente Padilla started for the Phillies and was charged with five runs - two earned - on seven hits. Padilla (3-2) struck out seven and walked three. The righthander left the game with two outs in the eighth inning and the game tied at 2-2.

The Giants snapped the tie with five unearned runs on just two hits in the eighth. Rich Aurilia reached on an error by Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Padilla walked Cruz with two outs. Benito Santiago reached with an infield single to third that Bell failed to catch and Dan Plesac came on in relief of Padilla with the bases loaded.

Snow lofted Plesac's first pitch to shallow left and Pat Burrell misplayed the ball for an error, as all three runners crossed the plate to give San Francisco a 5-2 lead.

Terry Adams replaced Plesac and Grissom greeted the reliever with an opposite field homer into the bullpen in right to increase the Giants' lead to 7-2.

Abreu's second homer of the season with Tomas Perez aboard in the ninth completed the scoring.

Cruz hit the first pitch he saw from Padilla over the wall in right-center field with one out in the second to give San Francisco a 1-0 edge.

The Giants added a run with two outs in the third inning. Ray Durham reached with an infield single on a ball hit to Jim Thome at first. Padilla, who failed to cover the first base bag on Durham's grounder, hit the next hitter, Edgardo Alfonzo. After Aurilia struck out, Barry Bonds lofted a fly ball to shallow right that landed just inside the line and Durham raced home to give San Francisco a 2-0 lead. Alfonzo also tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate to end the frame.

Jimmy Rollins singled and scored on a double by Ledee to get the Phillies on the board in the home half of the third inning. Abreu followed with a walk, but Burrell grounded into a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

Thome doubled to start the home fourth and hustled to third on a single by Mike Lieberthal. Bell brought Thome to the plate with a base hit, but with runners at first and second Utley lined into a double play to end the frame.

The Giants put their first two batters on base to begin the sixth inning, but Padilla struck out Bonds before retiring Cruz and Santiago to end the threat.

Game Notes

Snow missed yesterday's game with a bruised right forearm after getting hit by a pitch in Wednesday's contest...Prior to the game, San Francisco recalled righthander Jerome Williams from Triple-A Fresno and he is expected to make his major league debut on Saturday...Rollins has reached base safely in 19 straight games...The Phillies outhit San Francisco, 10-9.

04/25 23:04:19 ET

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