The San Francisco Giants won, 3-2, in twelve innings over the San Diego Padres Tuesday night at AT&T Park.
Starter Matt Cain deserved a better fate than getting a no-decision. Cain, after walking James Darnell with one out in the 7th, was lifted in favor of Javier Lopez.
Pinch-hitter Kyle Blanks reached on a fielder’s choice as Darnell was forced at second base. So far, so good. No harm done.
Aaron Cunningham batted for Will Venable and promptly doubled to deep left field. So far, not-so-good. No harm done.
Runners were set up on second and third for the Padres with two outs as Guillermo Mota took over for Javier Lopez on the mound and Jason Bartlett at the plate.
Hit was the first pitch Mota threw to Bartlett. Well too, over the head of Giants’ centerfielder Justin Christian to score both runners to tie the game. Harm done.
Extra innings into the cold San Francisco night with the fog starting to roll in atop the McCovey Cove, right field wall.
In the 12th, Cody Ross led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. On a Pablo Sandoval grounder to second, he advanced to third, ninety feet away from paydirt.
Mark DeRosa then ended the game with a single just off the tip of second baseman Orlando Hudson’s glove, scoring Ross.
With the Giants winning their third game in a row, something they haven’t done since July 19th , they’re still alive but would need a total collapse by the Diamondbacks who are ahead by 8 1/2 games with fifteen left to play.
“If we wanted to keep any pulse, we had to win this game,” DeRosa said after the game knowing the predicament the Giants are in.
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