San Francisco (26-27) at Philadelphia (26-28)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 2, 2007
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The San Francisco Giants opened their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies in impressive form, even with a relatively quiet night from Barry Bonds.

The Giants hope to follow up their biggest win of the season with another big offensive effort Saturday night when they continue their series against the slumping Phillies, who have lost a season-high four straight games.

San Francisco (26-27) began the set with a 13-0 victory over Philadelphia (26-28) on Friday, tallying 15 hits while receiving a stellar outing from Matt Morris. The Giants starter allowed just one hit over six innings while providing plenty of offense himself, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Five other Giants had a multi-hit game, and Fred Lewis hit a grand slam while Ray Durham and Pedro Feliz each hit three-run homers. The 26-year-old Lewis was called up last month due to injuries and drove in four runs and scored three times.

“I’m just trying to make a name for myself and trying to stay in the big leagues as long as possible,” Lewis said.

Bonds reached base three times with an RBI double and two walks, but remained at 746 career home runs, 10 shy of breaking Hank Aaron’s record.

It was a worse night for Philadelphia cleanup hitter Ryan Howard, who went 0-for-3 to drop his batting average to .217.

Bonds said before the game he could sympathize with the reigning NL MVP’s struggles.

“Keep your head up. That’s it,” Bonds said when asked what he would say to Howard. “If you can’t deal with bad times in the game of baseball, you will never, ever appreciate the good times.”

It is unclear whether Bonds will be in the lineup against Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels (7-2, 3.74 ERA), who has never faced the slugger.

Hamels earned his team-leading seventh win of the season on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings of a 13-6 victory. He also struck out eight, giving him 86 for the season—second-most in the National League.

Hamels won his lone career appearance against the Giants on May 6, giving up five runs - three earned - and eight hits in seven innings of a 8-5 victory.

The Giants will counter with Noah Lowry (5-4, 3.08), who struggled in his last start on Sunday, allowing four runs and seven hits in just four innings of a 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Lowry did not factor in the decision and is 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA in his last four starts.

Lowry is 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies. This is his second time facing them this season after he allowed three runs - only one earned - in 6 2-3 innings on May 5 in a 9-4 win.

The left-hander has struggled on the road, going 1-3 with a 3.58 ERA in four starts. He’s lost his last two road starts.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Friday that right-hander Brad Hennessey will serve as the team’s closer after Armando Benitez was traded.

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N. Lowry SF vs. C. Hamels TEX
14-8 Record 15-5
3.92 ERA 3.39
87 K 177
87 BB 43
1.55 WHIP 1.12