San Francisco (19-18) at Houston (18-19)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue May 15, 2007
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Barry Bonds and Ray Durham will likely return to the San Francisco Giants lineup Tuesday night. Fred Lewis is making a case to stay in it long-term.

Following their best game at the plate this season, the Giants should have their two best run producers back and Lewis in the leadoff spot again when they open a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

With Bonds and Durham getting the day off, Lewis hit for the cycle as San Francisco (19-18) collected a season-best 22 hits and scored in double digits for the first time this season to beat Colorado 15-2 on Sunday.

Lewis became the 22nd player in franchise history to hit for the cycle, doing it just four days after being called up from Triple-A Fresno. He went 5-for-6 and drove in four runs, becoming the fourth major leaguer to hit his first home run as part of a cycle.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Lewis will face right-handers, platooning in center field and at the top of the order with Randy Winn. Houston (18-19) will send right-hander Woody Williams (1-5, 5.10 ERA) to the mound Tuesday, so Lewis is expected to get a second straight start.

“Fred has so many skills, both at the plate and in the field,” Bochy said of the team’s second-round draft pick in 2002. “He is something special and someone that will only get better with time.”

Lewis is 7-for-14 with seven RBIs since getting called up Thursday, when Dave Roberts (elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list and the Giants designated outfielder Todd Linden for assignment.

Williams will face the task of trying to shut down San Francisco’s suddenly potent lineup. He is 1-3 in his last four starts, but has a 3.86 ERA in that span and is beginning to settle down after a terrible start.

Williams is coming off his first win of the season, giving up two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings to beat Cincinnati 3-2 on Wednesday night. He’s 8-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 starts and a relief appearance against San Francisco.

The Giants will counter with Matt Morris (4-1, 3.11 ERA), who gave up two runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked one in seven innings of a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday. The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA in eight starts against the Astros since 2004, and 11-10 with a 3.43 ERA in 28 starts and three relief appearances against them overall.

Morris will be facing a Houston team that’s starting to come around at the plate, averaging 5.5 runs in its last nine games after struggling for most of April. Carlos Lee was one of five Astros with an RBI in a 5-2 win over Arizona on Sunday that gave Houston its second straight series victory.

“If we keep doing what we’re doing now, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Lee, who has seven homers and 35 RBIs.

Houston has won five of its last seven.

The Giants went 5-1 against the Astros last year, sweeping a three-game set in Houston.

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M. Morris PIT vs. W. Williams HOU
10-11 Record 8-15
4.89 ERA 5.27
102 K 101
61 BB 53
1.52 WHIP 1.43


Tuesday, May 15