SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sidney Ponson's first win in the National
League was pretty special -- even if he had to wait a little longer
than expected to get it.
"Sometimes that first win is the hardest one to get but it
feels great," Ponson said. "I left a ball up that they hit for a
home run but I was able to bear down after that. We won the game
and that's all that matters."
Marquis Grissom homered to help spoil Dontrelle Willis'
homecoming, and Andres Galarraga had three hits and drove in the
go-ahead run during a five-run sixth inning as the Giants won their
fourth straight after losing a season-high six games.
"We had a good approach against him tonight," Grissom said.
"He's got great stuff but we had some good at bats."
Ponson (1-3), acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on July 31,
won for the first time since July 24, when he beat the New York
Yankees. He walked three and struck out five as he snapped his
four-game losing streak. He's a combined 15-9 on the season.
"We haven't been scoring any runs for him," Giants shortstop
Rich Aurilia said. "He's pitched well enough to win all his games.
Sometimes you don't need the big home run; sometimes you just have
to keep the bases jammed."
Joe Nathan got two outs in the eighth before giving up two hits
in the ninth. Tim Worrell relieved with one out and gave up a
run-scoring single to Luis Castillo. Worrell then got Ivan
Rodriguez to ground into his second double play for his 26th save
as the Giants beat the Marlins for the fourth straight time.
Willis (11-4), who grew up across the bay in Alameda and had
about 300 supporters among the sellout crowd of 42,244, lasted
three batters into the sixth inning. He lost his second straight
after allowing four runs on six hits. He matched his career high
with four walks and matched his career low with one strikeout.
"I faced a good team," said Willis, who rooted for the Giants
growing up. "I just gave up too many hits. It's a wakeup call for
me to get my stuff back."
Willis took Grissom's line drive off his right calf leading off
the sixth, which went for an infield single. He remained in the
game but was removed after Barry Bonds and Edgardo Alfonzo each
singled to tie the game at 2-all.
"We didn't take him out because of the calf," Marlins' manager
Jack McKeon said. "He just wasn't as aggressive as he should be
and we were trying to avoid a big inning."
Chad Fox replaced Willis and walked Benito Santiago to load the
bases. Galarraga singled to put the Giants ahead and Fox walked
Cruz on a full count to force home another run. Eric Young added a
sacrifice fly and Aurilia doubled home a run in the inning to make
Grissom's 16th homer of the season with two outs in the first
gave the Giants a 1-0 lead.
Gonzalez hit his career-high 15th home run in the fifth, a
two-run shot on a 1-1 pitch from Ponson, to put the Marlins ahead
2-1. It was his second home run in as many days after hitting one
in his previous 50 games.
Derrek Lee hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run in the eighth.
Lenny Harris singled in the ninth for his 178th pinch-hit,
extending his major league record. ... Santiago was hit on the back
swing by Juan Encarnacion on his right hand in the top of the
fourth but remained in the game after getting it checked out. ...
Grissom went 100 at bats since his last home run on July 20. ...
Giants 2B Ray Durham is expected back sometime next week. ...
Gonzalez last hit homers on consecutive days on June 18-19. ...
Willis was four years old when Bonds made his major league debut
with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986. ... The Marlins have lost five
straight on the road.