Giants 3, Red Sox 2
Unable to produce a clutch hit, the San Francisco Giants still
found a way to win.
Brayan Villarreal walked Marco Scutaro with the bases loaded and
two outs in the bottom of the ninth, handing the Giants a 3-2
victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
The Giants squandered numerous opportunities early in the game,
going 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, but they tied it
in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly in foul territory and used
two walks and a hit batsman to win it.
”We have been on the other end of these games,” manager Bruce
Bochy said. ”You take it any way you can get it. This was a good
Roger Kieschnick started the winning rally with a one-out single
against Franklin Morales (2-1) for his third hit of the game. The
Giants loaded the bases with two outs when Morales walked Andres
Torres and hit pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez on the left wrist.
”We started out the inning in pretty good shape and then
seemingly in a matter of about seven or eight pitches it looked
like Franklin lost the strike zone a little bit and leaves us in a
tough spot with two outs,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
With Brandon Workman having pitched the past two days, Farrell
gave Villarreal his first appearance with the Red Sox. Villarreal
was acquired in a deal last month from Detroit and called up from
Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.
He made a poor first impression, throwing four straight balls to
Scutaro. Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens told Scutaro that
Villarreal had control problems before the at-bat and that proved
true. Villarreal has walked nine of 29 batters he has faced this
season, including two with the bases loaded.
”When he told me that, I wanted to make sure I looked for my
pitch and not be too aggressive,” Scutaro said.
He did just that, giving the defending World Series champion
Giants a rare reason to celebrate.
”It’s nice to win one like this because we have been on the
other side of them,” said starter Ryan Vogelsong, who allowed two
runs in seven innings. ”When you play a tough game like that and
things aren’t going your way … it’s good to come out on the
winning end of it.”
The Red Sox couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and lost for the fifth time
in seven games to fall percentage points behind Tampa Bay for the
lead in the AL East.
Sergio Romo (4-6) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
After twice failing to get a runner in from third with no outs,
the Giants finally delivered in the eighth inning to tie the
Scutaro reached on a one-out single and went to third on Brandon
Belt’s single against Junichi Tazawa. Buster Posey then hit a high
fly down the right-field line that Shane Victorino caught in foul
territory. Scutaro scored easily on the sacrifice fly but Tazawa
escaped without any further damage to keep the score tied at 2.
”No second-guessing guys. I let that ball fall and he hits a
three-run homer then what are you guys going to say?” Victorino
said. ”When I was on the move over there I told myself catch the
ball and try and get in the best position I could to make the
Victorino helped give Boston the lead when he hit a rare
right-handed homer off a righty pitcher. The switch-hitting
Victorino is unable to bat left-handed because of an injured left
leg. But that did not bother him when he led off the third inning
with a drive to left that made it 2-0.
It was just the second time Victorino had hit a right-handed
homer against a righty in his career, also doing it against
knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sept. 24, 2010, according to STATS
It looked as if that 2-0 lead would stand up when Jake Peavy
escaped jams in the fourth and fifth innings. Belt, who had three
hits, was stranded after a leadoff triple in the fourth when Posey
grounded out and Peavy struck out Hunter Pence and Brandon
The Giants scored their first run of the series when Kieschnick
led off the fifth with a single and scored on Joaquin Arias’
triple. But San Francisco couldn’t get the equalizer when
Vogelsong, Gregor Blanco and Scutaro followed with groundouts.
NOTES: SS Xander Bogaerts (20 years, 323 days) became the
youngest position player to appear in a game for Boston since
Dwight Evans (20, 318) in 1972. He went 0 for 3 and stranded five
runners. … San Francisco 3B Pablo Sandoval was scratched because
of a sore back. … Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (neck and shoulder)
threw 46 pitches in a simulated game and is set to make a rehab
start Sunday. Farrell said he would like Buchholz to get three
rehab starts but he might only get two depending on the minor
league schedule. … LHP Barry Zito (4-8) makes his first start of
the month for the Giants in the series finale Wednesday after Chad
Gaudin was placed on the DL. Felix Doubront (8-6) goes for