Bell tolls: Giants even Series
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By Doug Miller / MLB.com
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SAN FRANCISCO -- For once in the postseason, Francisco Rodriguez proved to be human.
Rodriguez, the Angels' rookie phenom who had looked unhittable throughout the playoffs, entered Game 4 of the World Series in a tie but gave up the game-winning run on a David Bell RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Giants held on to beat Anaheim, 4-3, in front of 42,703 at Pacific Bell Park. More important, they forged a 2-2 tie in the best-of-seven Series and assured themselves of a trip back to Anaheim for at least a Game 6.
Rodriguez looked good when he entered a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning, striking out Jeff Kent, getting Barry Bonds to ground out to first base, and retiring Benito Santiago on a lazy fly ball to left.
But in the eighth, J.T. Snow led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball by catcher Bengie Molina, and then Bell did his damage.
By Josh Rawitch / MLB.com
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SAN FRANCISCO -- After everything the Giants have been through this season, including two Division Series games that would have sent them home for the winter had they not won, a three-run deficit in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the World Series probably looked about as daunting as David Eckstein.
That's not to say Anaheim's 5-foot, 7-inch shortstop has not loomed large this series -- his second-inning sacrifice fly Wednesday night gave Anaheim an early advantage -- but the Giants battled back to wipe away a three-run lead and finally got to rookie sensation Francisco Rodriguez as David Bell's game-winning single in the eighth inning earned them a 4-3 victory before 42,703 fans at Pacific Bell Park.
Against Rodriguez (1-1), who had retired all nine batters he faced in Game 2 and the first three he saw Wednesday night, the Giants were finally able to break through and even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. More >
|San Francisco Giants 4, Anaheim Angels 3|
|Anaheim|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Molina, B, C
a-Struck out for Weber in the 7th. b-Singled for Gil in the 9th. c-Grounded into a double play for Molina, B in the 9th.
HR: Glaus (3, 3rd inning off Rueter, 1 on, 1 out).
RBI: Eckstein (2), Glaus 2 (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Glaus, Erstad.
GIDP: Glaus, Molina, B, Fullmer.
Team LOB: 5.
E: Salmon (1, throw).
PB: Molina, B (1).
Outfield assists: Anderson (Bell at 2nd base).
DP: 3 (Eckstein-Gil-Spiezio, Molina, B-Gil, Eckstein-Spiezio).
|San Francisco|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Walked for Rueter in the 6th. b-Struck out for Worrell in the 8th.
2B: Aurilia (2, Lackey).
RBI: Aurilia (2), Kent (2), Santiago (2), Bell (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rueter, Sanders, Aurilia.
GIDP: Santiago 2.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Goodwin (1, 2nd base off Weber/Molina, B).
CS: Bell (1, 2nd base by Rodriguez/Molina, B).
E: Bell (2, throw).
DP: 3 (Aurilia-Kent-Snow, Snow-Aurilia-Rueter, Aurilia-Snow).
|Anaheim|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Rodriguez (L, 1-1)
|San Francisco|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Worrell (W, 1-0)
|Nen (S, 2)
IBB: Bonds (by Lackey), Bonds (by Lackey), Bonds (by Lackey).
Pitches-strikes: Lackey 95-54, Weber 19-12, Rodriguez 30-18, Rueter 88-54, Rodriguez 9-6, Worrell 13-9, Nen 7-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Lackey 8-5, Weber 0-2, Rodriguez 1-2, Rueter 13-3, Rodriguez 1-1, Worrell 1-2, Nen 2-1.
Batters faced: Lackey 25, Weber 4, Rodriguez 7, Rueter 26, Rodriguez 3, Worrell 3, Nen 3.
Umpires: HP: Mike Winters. 1B: Mike Reilly. 2B: Tim McClelland. 3B: Jerry Crawford. LF: Angel Hernandez. RF: Tim Tschida.
Weather: 56 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to CF.
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