SAN FRANCISCO -- As well as Ray Durham has taken to coming off the bench at the end of this disappointing season, he doesn't see it as a long-term role.
Durham broke up a scoreless tie with a pinch-hit, two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.
"It takes a different person to come off the bench day in and day out and come in and get pinch hits," Durham said. "I take my hat off to Lenny Harris and Mark Sweeney, the guys who have done it the majority of their careers and made a good living doing it. It's tough."
Durham doesn't see himself becoming a pinch-hit specialist down the road. He has done quite well at it this year, going 6-for-17 with 10 RBIs as a pinch-hitter. He was sent to the bench because of his career-low .218 average and to give Kevin Frandsen a chance to show if he can play in the majors.
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Durham has one year left on his $14.5 million, two-year contract and expects to be starting again next season.
"I'm sure they wouldn't want to be paying me all this money to be a pinch-hitter," he said. "They want me in the lineup every day."
Pedro Feliz started the go-ahead rally with a pinch-hit single with one out off Bill Bray (3-3).