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Updated: Thursday, August 7, 2003 8:27 PM EDT
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Pittsburgh Pirates
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5 7 0
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7 7 1
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SAN FRANCISCO 7, PITTSBURGH 5
 

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- The San Franciso Giants were looking for a bunt. Jeffrey Hammonds gave them a lot more.

Hammonds belted a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, powering the Giants to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates .

Since having his contract purchased from Class AAA Fresno of the Pacific Coast League a week ago, Hammonds had failed to make an impact with just two hits in 11 at-bats.

With slugger Barry Bonds getting the day off, Hammonds started in center field and came up big. He was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning before delivering his second homer of the season in the seventh.

After Brian Boehringer (5-2) walked Jose Cruz Jr. to start the inning, Hammonds, who played collegiately at Stanford, twice unsuccessfully tried to get down a sacrifice before sending a 3-2 fastball over the left field wall for his first homer as a Giant.

"I'll remember this one," said Hammonds, who was making his first start since joining the Giants. "It's special to be back in the Bay Area. San Francisco is a great city."

"I grooved it too much," Boehringer said. "You go through things like that. The real problem was I shouldn't have walked the leadoff guy. I messed up there big."

Hammonds' blast made a winner of Scott Eyre (1-1), who pitched a scoreless inning.

Closer Tim Worrell worked into trouble in the ninth but struck out former Giant Reggie Sanders with two runners on to end it, securing his 25th save in 29 chances.

After getting blanked Wednesday, the Giants broke through for four runs in the third inning against Pirates starter Ryan Voegelsong.

Vogelsong hit Hammonds with a pitch to force in a run, J.T. Snow delivered a two-run single and Edgardo Alfonzo capped the uprising with an RBI single.

Vogelsong lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits. He is 0-6 in 22 career appearances.

"He wasn't good," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Most young guys struggle with keeping the ball down, and he did today. You can't get away with throwing the ball up at this level. Sometimes you can get away with it at Triple-A, but not here."

With two outs in the fourth, Jack Wilson sent a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall for his sixth homer, pulling the Pirates within 4-2.

But Snow, who batted in Bonds' normal cleanup spot, stroked an RBI single with two outs in the fifth, restoring the Giants' three-run cushion.

"I think it's just a credit to the guys in the lineup," Snow said. "A sign of a good team is having a lot of different guys coming through, and we've seen that all season. No matter where we plug them in, they come through."

Giants rookie starter Jerome Williams , who entered with a 2-1 record and 2.17 ERA in five starts at Pacific Bell Park, gave back the lead in the sixth.

Brian Giles led off with a single and Sanders walked before Randall Simon delivered a run-scoring base hit. Williams struck out Jose Hernandez but walked Wilson, ending his afternoon.

Matt Herges came on and committed an error on a comebacker by Abraham Nunez , allowing Sanders to score. Matt Stairs followed with a sacrifice fly, tying it at 5-5.


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