Homers, Morris lead romp over Phillies
Starter gets three hits; Lewis launches first grand slam
PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants needed a laugher after what they've endured recently. They got it Friday night in the form of a 13-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, ending a streak of six consecutive losses at Citizens Bank Park since 2005.Five losses in their previous six games, Armando Benitez's final unraveling and general manager Brian Sabean's startling candor didn't matter to the Giants on a muggy, rainy evening. Fred Lewis' grand slam fueled a five-run second inning, Ray Durham added a three-run homer in the fourth and Pedro Feliz contributed a three-run homer in a five-run fifth. This complemented Matt Morris' 5 2/3 no-hit innings, which were interrupted by Shane Victorino's single on an 0-1 pitch past diving first baseman Mark Sweeney. Morris (6-2) left with a one-hitter after finishing the sixth inning, having already thrown 93 pitches. All this led to the evening's crowning moment: Reliever Steve Kline's eighth-inning at-bat. Kline, making his 18th plate appearance in 11 Major League seasons, struck out against Yoel Hernandez, taking three lunging swings and missing each time. Kline had some words for umpire Paul Schrieber as he returned to the dugout. "I said, 'God, this is why I should have played in the American League,'" Kline related. Games this lopsided don't always feature a turning point, but the Giants encountered one in the second inning. Appearing destined for frustration, they scored no runs even though seven of their first 10 hitters reached base safely. Phillies starter Adam Eaton (5-4) needed one strike to finish the second. But Lewis poked a 3-2 pitch barely over the left-field wall for the Giants' first grand slam of the season. "For us to get those hits and walks and not get a run, that was huge for us," manager Bruce Bochy said of Lewis' homer, which was also the rookie's first career grand slam. Lewis, who scored three runs, probably benefited from the ballpark's tendency to encourage power hitting. "I didn't think it had a chance," he said. The Giants have always had a chance this season when Morris pitches. They're 6-3 in his starts following a defeat. He also enhanced the offense with a career-high three hits. "What a job he did," Bochy said. "He's done it quite a few times this year when we needed a lift." Morris, who allowed only two Phillies to reach scoring position, indicated that his only other start here lingered in his memory -- which wasn't necessarily beneficial. "I remember an ESPN game last year where I gave up a large number of runs," he said. Seven in five innings, to be precise. But Morris also had a pleasant recollection involving the Phillies: His May 4 effort against them at AT&T Park, where he lasted seven innings in a 6-2 Giants triumph. "I watched my tape of the last time I faced these guys and tried to duplicate it," he said. For Morris, duplication mostly meant disrupting the Phillies' timing with his fastball-curveball combination. "They just couldn't square it up," he said. "I don't know if it was the movement or the right pitch at the right time. I'm able to throw off-speed on hitters' counts. That helps so they can't sit on fastballs." Although Morris' teammates upheld baseball custom by staying mum on the bench about his no-hit bid, he knew what was developing, particularly as the Phillies ran through reliever after reliever. "I was checking the board out," he said. "There was a lot of time to do that with some of the delays we had." All night, the scoreboard was worth watching for the Giants.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.