San Francisco (75-76) at Milwaukee (69-83)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 21, 2006
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The San Francisco Giants ended their slide. They’re hoping they did it in time to keep from falling out of the playoff race.

After snapping a four-game losing streak, the Giants look to boost their slim playoff hopes when they open a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday.

San Francisco (75-76) rallied in the eighth inning to beat Colorado 7-4 on Wednesday after dropping the first four games of a nine-game trip.

The Giants trail NL West-leading San Diego by four games and Los Angeles by 3 1/2 in the wild-card race. San Francisco had lost six of eight.

Giants center fielder Steve Finley has been around long enough to know it’s not over yet.

“Unfortunately, we need help,” Finley said. “But we don’t give up. We haven’t done it this year and we’re not going to start now.”

Finley had a two-out triple in the fourth inning Wednesday, his 12th of the season to tie Willie Mays for the most in team history in one year.

“It’s a great honor to be mentioned with him,” Finley said.

Bonds had no idea that Finley had tied his godfather for the team mark, but he’s not surprised.

“He hits and runs,” Bonds said. “Unlike me, who hits and watches. It takes me three hours to get out of the batter’s box.”

The Giants hope Matt Morris (10-14, 4.79 ERA) can end his own losing streak Thursday. The right-hander has dropped three straight starts, posting a 7.00 ERA in that span. He gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings of a 6-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday.

Morris struggled against the Brewers on July 19, allowing six runs and seven hits in a 7-6 Giants win. He is 11-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 18 starts and two relief appearances against them.

Milwaukee will counter with Dave Bush (11-11, 4.53 ERA). The right-hander won two straight starts before losing Saturday, giving up five runs—four earned—and seven hits in four innings of an 8-5 loss to Washington.

Bush is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA in one start and one relief appearance against the Giants in his career.

Geoff Jenkins homered in the ninth inning and rookie Carlos Villanueva combined with two relievers on a four-hitter to lift the Brewers over the Cardinals 1-0 on Wednesday.

Jenkins’ homer was his 16th of the season. It was Milwaukee’s fourth game-ending home run this year and the second of Jenkins’ career.

The right fielder is 14-for-28 with five home runs and eight RBIs in his last nine games.

Jenkins, in his ninth year with Milwaukee, lost his starting right-field job Aug. 11, with Gabe Gross and Corey Hart also sharing time there.

Jenkins has one guaranteed year left in his contract—he is owed $7 million — and may not be in the team’s plans for 2007.

“I know I’ve got a big support group,” said Jenkins, who was aware of the “Keep Jenkins” sign just behind him in right field. “It’s definitely nice when you see that from the fans. It’s pretty awesome. And they get a baseball, too.”

The Giants and Brewers split two games in Milwaukee on May 3 and 4, and San Francisco took two of three at home from July 17-19.

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M. Morris Pit vs. D. Bush Tor
10-15 Record 12-11
4.98 ERA 4.41
117 K 166
63 BB 38
1.35 WHIP 1.14


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