The San Francisco Giants’ lineup got some much-needed help on Friday.
The Giants activated Alou from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. Alou, who had been out since Aug. 3 with a strained right hamstring, started and hit in the cleanup spot, going 1-for-4.
San Francisco has struggled without star slugger Barry Bonds, who has missed the whole season with a knee injury. The Giants entered Friday’s game ahead of only Washington in the National League with 507 runs.
Alou is hitting .327 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 88 games, and has been one of the Giants’ main sources of power.
With Alou failing to drive in or score a run, the Giants lost 5-4 to the Cardinals on Friday for their second straight loss since a three-game winning streak. Omar Vizquel and Ray Durham each homered for San Francisco, which blew a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning.
Molina’s homer was his first since being activated off the 15-day disabled list on Thursday without a rehab assignment, having missed 33 games with a broken hand.
“What a great game it was,” said starter Chris Carpenter, whose nine-game winning streak was kept intact. “It’s all about what we did in that last inning.”