San Francisco (28-37) at Detroit (31-33)

Cloudy Currently: Detroit, MI
Temp: 59° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 18, 2005
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At long last, the San Francisco Giants appear to be putting it all together.

They’ll look to extend their longest winning streak in nearly a month as they resume a three-game interleague series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

The Giants snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday and then won the series finale 14-7 on Thursday. Their 22 runs in those two games were eight more than they managed during their losing streak.

On Friday, Jason Schmidt pitched eight scoreless innings and Tyler Walker got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth in San Francisco’s 4-0 win over the Tigers. The Giants, who have been hampered by injuries all season, have won three straight for the first time since taking four in a row from May 21-25.

“Momentum happens when you play good baseball,” manager Felipe Alou said.

Mike Matheny went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for San Francisco, and Michael Tucker and J.T. Snow each drove in a run.

However, the Giants’ injury problems continued Friday, as the team placed reliever LaTroy Hawkins on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 10, with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

“I’m concerned,” Hawkins said after the game. “If your fingertips were tingling for the first time, you would be concerned, too.”

Hawkins is 0-1 with a 15.75 ERA in five appearances for the Giants since they acquired him on May 28 from the Chicago Cubs for right-handers Jerome Williams, David Aardsma and cash. He gave up two runs in 1 2-3 innings in his last outing, a 9-7 victory over Kansas City on June 9.

“Nerves tend to heal slowly, but we don’t think this is going to be long term,” trainer Stan Conte said.

Placido Polanco and Dmitri Young each had two hits Friday for the Tigers, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the NL West-leading San Diego Padres. Detroit outscored San Diego 19-7.

“We got shut down completely,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

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