Detroit (16-43) at San Francisco (38-23)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 8, 2003
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Maybe facing the worst offense in the majors can help snap Damian Moss out of his slide.

Moss and the San Francisco Giants look to complete a three-game sweep of the lowly Detroit Tigers as they close out their season-high 12-game homestand.

After starting the season 5-0, the left-hander has dropped four of his last five decisions, including a 6-4 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.

After ending his season-high three-game losing streak with a 10-2 win over Arizona on May 28 in his previous start, Moss took a step back against the Twins as he allowed a season-high 12 hits.

“Sometimes my pitch selection wasn’t very good for me and sometimes my location was bad,” he said.

Facing the light-hitting Tigers might help straighten Moss himself out.

The Tigers have the worst record in baseball, and are last in the majors with a .216 average and 184 runs. Detroit is the only team to have scored fewer than 200 runs.

On Saturday, Barry Bonds hit his 628th career homer and 15th of the season, and also stole a base in the Giants’ 7-5 victory in the middle game in the set. The five-time MVP needs only two more steals to become the first player ever to reach 500 homers and 500 stolen bases in his career.

The Giants, who will begin a 12-game road trip on Tuesday, are 8-3 on their homestand.

Kevin Witt and Omar Infante each had two hits for the Detroit and Dmitri Young extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

STANDINGS: Tigers - 5th place, 18 GB, AL Central. Giants - 1st place, NL West.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nate Cornejo (3-3, 2.82) Since winning back-to-back games on May 5 and 11, the right-hander is 0-1 in his last four starts. He allowed a total of four runs in his last three starts, spanning 21 1-3 innings, allowing 18 hits and just four walks. In his last start, a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesaday, Cornejo allowed nine hits and one run in seven innings.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Moss (6-4, 3.86). In Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Minnesota, Moss lasted seven innings, allowing six runs and 12 hits. Moss, who has pitched one inning of scoreless relief against the Tigers in his career, is 3-1 with a 4.55 ERA in interleague play.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Tigers - Young, .277 avg., 12 HRs and 38 RBIs; Bobby Higginson, 30 runs; Alex Sanchez, 10 SBs. Giants - Marquis Grissom, .317 avg. and 6 SBs; Bonds, 15 HRs and 40 runs; Benito Santiago, 36 RBIs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Tigers - 2-3; Giants - 3-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - OF Higginson sat out Saturday with a sore left hamstring and is expected to miss the next couple of games. … OF Gene Kingsale is in a 3-for-18 (.166)slump. He’s hitting .214 this season. The Tigers are 2-3 on a six-game roadtrip. Giants - OF Bonds is hitting .361 with three homers and nine RBIs during the homestand. … LHP Moss is 2-3 with a 3.71 ERA at home …. OF Grissom and 2B Ray Durham each have 11-game hitting streaks.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 11-22 on the road; Giants - 20-13 at home.

INJURIES: Tigers - OF Higginson (hamstring), day-to-day; 3B Dean Palmer (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL. Giants - RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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N. Cornejo CWS vs. D. Moss Col
6-17 Record 10-12
4.67 ERA 5.16
46 K 79
58 BB 92
1.51 WHIP 1.67