The Rockies were behind early as in the top of the first inning, Matt Williams hit a two-run home run. However, in the bottom of the first inning, Dante Bichette cut that lead in half with a sacrifice fly to score Eric Young.
In the top of the second, J.R. Phillips hit a lead off homer off Saberhagen to make it a 3-1 game but in the bottom half of the inning, Vinny Castilla had a sac fly to pull the Rockies within one.
In the third innings, the Giants busted their lead wide open. Barry Bonds had an RBI double to score Mike Benjamin and Mark Carreon had a two-run double. After Phillips walked, Rockies manager Don Baylor pulled Saberhagen from the game for reliever Mark Thompson.
Thompson gave up two sac flies to Aurilia and Manwaring to make it a 8-2 game and eventually, Thompson stopped the bleeding.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Rockies narrowed the gap again, though, as they hit two, two-run home runs by Eric Young and Larry Walker to knock starter Joe Rosselli out of the game.
After three innings, the score was already 8-6.
No further scoring happened for another inning and a half…and the magic came.