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Livan Wins First For Giants


Charlie Hayes hit a two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning and Livan Hernandez won his first game for San Francisco on Tuesday night as the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.

With the Giants' victory, the top two teams in the NL West have split the first two games of their three-game series, with Arizona's lead slipping back to 2 ½ games.

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  • Hernandez (6-10), in his second start since coming to the Giants in a trade from Florida, left the game for a pinch hitter in the eighth with Arizona leading 1-0 on an unearned run in the first inning.

    Hernandez allowed two hits a bunt single by pitcher Omar Daal and a double by Luis Gonzalez. Hernandez struck out five and walked five. John Johnstone and Alan Embree pitched the eighth inning for the Giants, then closer

    Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 30 opportunities. He walked the first two batters. After a sacrifice bunt, Nen struck out pinch-hitter Bernard Gilkey and got Tony Womack to ground out.

    Daal (10-6), who allowed just two hits in the first seven innings, retired the first two batters in the eighth, the second on Steve Finley's leaping catch of pinch hitter Stan Javier's deep fly ball at the center field wall.

    But Daal hit F.P. Santangelo with a pitch and Bill Mueller reached first on a bunt single, then Hayes hit a 1-0 pitch into the left-field seats to put San Francisco ahead 3-1. Hayes is well remembered by Diamondbacks' fans for charging the mound to swing at pitcher Todd Stottlemyre last April 16 igniting a bench-clearing melee.

    It was Hayes' third home run of the season.

    Daal gave up five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two. Daal retired the first 13 batters he faced.

    Arizona scored its only run in the first when Tony Womack walked, stole second and advanced to third when catcher Scott Servais threw wildly to second. Womack scored on a passed ball.

    Hernandez held the Diamondbacks without a hit until the fifth inning, when Daal reached safely on a two-out bunt, his fourth bunt single of the season.

    Notes:

  • San Francisco 2B Jeff Kent was out of the lineup again with a sore left foot. He had missed seven games before playing in Monday night's series opener.
  • Mueller committed his second error at third in as many nights, but has only five all season.
  • Hard-throwing young RHP Joe Nathan has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno and will start for San Francisco in place of Mark Gardner in Wednesday night's series finale.
  • The Diamondbacks recalled OF Dante Powell from Triple-A Tucson and optioned INF Edwin Diaz to Tucson.
  • Arizona manager Buck Showalter and Giants manager Dusty Baker met Tuesday to hash out their differences after Showalter publicly criticized San Francisco players for what he characterized as complaining about their injury situation, remarks that drew an expletive-filled tirade from Baker after his team's 16-6 loss on Monday.

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