San Francisco (23-29) at New York (28-26)

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  • Game info: 1:20 pm EDT Sat Jun 4, 2005
  • TV: FOX
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A rainout was the best thing to happen to the San Francisco Giants all week.

Riding their worst losing streak in three years, the Giants will get Marquis Grissom back in the lineup as they face Tom Glavine and the New York Mets in a late start to their three-game set.

These teams were slated to begin this series Friday night, but a steady rainstorm forced the game to be postponed. It will be made up Sunday as part of a twinight doubleheader.

The bad weather provided a much-needed break for a San Francisco team which has dropped seven straight, its worst slide since an eight-game losing streak from May 12-20, 2002.

The Giants have been victimized by poor pitching, sloppy defense, a lack of timely hitting and some bad breaks.

“It’s not making excuses or feeling sorry for yourself,” first baseman J.T. Snow said. “It’s knowing some of those games could’ve gone the other way.

“And then we’re not sitting here talking about seven losses in a row.”

Grissom was supposed to come off the disabled list Friday, but due to a team clerical error, he wasn’t eligible to be activated until Saturday.

Besides not having to miss a game, Grissom joked with reporters the rainout was beneficial to the Giants because at least they couldn’t lose.

“It’s turning around,” the outfielder said with a laugh. “That’s a start. We have to keep it positive.

“Too bad we got rained out.”

Glavine wasn’t real happy about it, unable to pitch on his usual rest.

“I would’ve liked to pitch today, but there’s nothing you can do,” said Glavine, who didn’t warm up. “That’s the good side of it. I never got going too much on the preparation side.”

The veteran left-hander has pitched much better since going 1-4 in his first seven starts of the season. Glavine is 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his past four outings, lasting at least six innings each time.

New York has won two straight and five of seven.

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13-13 Record 13-13
3.78 ERA 3.53
172 K 105
76 BB 61
1.31 WHIP 1.36