San Francisco (43-34) at Los Angeles (39-35)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Wed Jun 30, 2004
  • TV: ESPN2, FSN2
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Brett Tomko felt just fine when he came off the disabled list last Thursday.

He’ll look for another strong start when the San Francisco Giants meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle game of their series at Dodger Stadium.

Tomko, who had missed more than two weeks with inflammation in his right elbow, had one of his strongest starts of the season in his last outing, limiting the Dodgers to one run and three hits over six innings in a 9-3 win at home.

“Tomko was outstanding—I can’t give him enough credit the way we pitched, the way he threw and the way he went after those guys,” Giants catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “It was fun to watch and I was happy for him.”

It was Tomko’s first win since a 10-7 victory over Atlanta on April 28.

“It was a good game all around. A.J. did a good job behind the plate, there were some great defensive plays that saved me a couple of times,” Tomko said. “It was fun.”

The Giants, who swept their four-game series against the Dodgers last week, won 12 of 14 overall before losing 2-1 in Tuesday’s series opener.

Dodgers center fielder Jayson Werth tied the game with a solo homer and then scored the go-ahead run on Paul Lo Duca’s eighth-inning single to help Los Angeles win its second straight following a six-game losing streak.

After last week’s series in San Francisco was marred by a few bench-clearing incidents, Tuesday’s series opener was without any such extracurricular activities.

During Thursday’s series finale at SBC Park, Giants outfielder Michael Tucker got upset about a high pitch over the middle of the plate from Eric Gagne and triggered a bench-clearing episode that resulted in ejections for both players.

That came one day after another bench-clearing situation, which was incited when pitcher Jeff Weaver covered first base on a grounder by Tucker, and Tucker took exception to Weaver’s high tag as both players got there simultaneously.

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B. Tomko Cin vs. H. Nomo KC
11-7 Record 4-11
4.04 ERA 8.25
108 K 54
64 BB 42
1.34 WHIP 1.75