San Francisco (32-42) at Kansas City (31-43)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Jun 21, 2008
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A strong offensive showing by the San Francisco Giants has not been that uncommon lately. Stringing together consecutive high-scoring outbursts has been their challenge.

After a big win their last time out, the inconsistent Giants try to win two in a row as they continue their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

San Francisco (32-42) defeated the Royals 9-4 in Friday’s series opener, just its third win in 10 games. The Giants pounded out 14 hits as they erased an early 4-0 deficit.

San Francisco has not won consecutive games since sweeping a four-game series at Washington June 6-9, mainly because its offense tends to fizzle after big wins.

The Giants, who have scored the sixth-fewest runs in the majors (301), have scored 27 runs in their last three wins, but just 12 in their last seven losses.

On Friday, Ray Durham had three hits, including a three-run double in the sixth to break a 4-all tie, but sprained his ankle while coming out of the batters box on his game-winning hit.

“I’m hour-to-hour,” said Durham, who was 1-for-16 (.063) with five strikeouts in his previous five games. “Hopefully, it will feel better (Saturday) than it does now.”

Kevin Correia (1-4, 5.17 ERA) takes the ball hoping his second start off the disabled list goes a bit better than his first.

Correia allowed five runs—four in the sixth inning—and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-3 loss to Oakland on Sunday. It was the right-hander’s first start since facing just two batters against Cincinnati on April 26, and leaving with a strained left oblique muscle.

Correia, who is seeking his first victory since April 10, will make his first career start against the Royals (31-43).

Kansas City had its five-game winning streak end Friday.

Jose Guillen, who leads the majors with 27 doubles, had a two-run double in the first inning Friday, and is batting .431 (25-for-58) with four homers, eight doubles and 17 RBIs in his last 14 games.

Gil Meche (4-8, 5.12) takes the ball hoping to win consecutive starts for the first time all season.

Meche gave up three runs, four hits and struck out a season-high 10 in 7 1-3 innings of an 8-3 win over Arizona on Sunday, his first victory since May 15.

“Teams know he has a really good breaking ball—he’s lived on it early in his career—and now he’s using it to his advantage by not throwing it,” Royals catcher John Buck told the team’s official Web site.

Meche, in the second year of a five-year, $55 million contract, has won his last two decisions against the NL, and is 11-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 19 career interleague starts.

He has not had much luck at Kauffman Stadium, though. The right-hander is 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA in seven home starts, with the Royals winning just one of those games.

In his only career start against the Giants on June 17, 2006, Meche threw a five-hitter and struck out seven in an 8-1 win for Seattle.

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K. Correia Phi vs. G. Meche KC
3-8 Record 14-11
6.05 ERA 3.98
66 K 183
47 BB 73
1.71 WHIP 1.32


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