They were trailing 5-3 heading into the ninth inning. San Francisco had struggled to keep up with the Reds all game. Cincinnati scored first, but the Giants later tied it. Cincinnati took the lead back 4-2 in the sixth. The Giants answered with a run in the seventh, but the Reds quickly increased their lead. Nothing the Giants did seemed to matter. Until the ninth that is.
Angel Pagan, with to runners on, stepped to the plate. With two strikes, Pagan smashed a pitch into the left field seats and slingshotted the Giants into the lead. They were able to hold it in the ninth and picked up the win 6-5.
Santiago Casilla, filling in for Brian Wilson, struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his second save. The Giants improved their record to 10-9 while the Reds fell to 9-10 in the get away game for San Francisco. Ryan Vogelsong got the start for the Giants and went six innings. But so far, last year’s feel-good story has struggled. Vogelsong allowed seven hits and four runs while getting the no decision. His ERA is now 4.19.
Last night’s hero, Pagan, was 2 for 5 with his home run and three RBI. Buster Posey is still hitting .362 despite going 0 for 3 in the game.
Kansas City – 4
Cleveland – 2
After 12 straight losses, the Royals’ fans have something to celebrate – and no it’s not that they have the All-Star Game this year. The Royals have now won two in a row, beating the Indians on Luis Mendoza‘s solid start and four innings of shut-out ball from their bullpen.
Seattle – 5
Detroit – 4
The Tigers began their series with the Mariners with a 10-6 record. After Seattle came into Detroit and swept them, the Tigers now find themselves in danger of dropping to .500. Chone Figgins broke the game open in the seventh with a run scoring double the put Seattle ahead for good.
Los Angeles (A) – 3
Tampa Bay – 4
Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Tampa Bay sent pinch-hitter to the plate. He blasted a two-run homer to send the Rays home as walk-off winners. Despite getting to within one run in the sixth, the Rays couldn’t do anything further with the Angels until the bottom of the ninth.
Toronto – 2
Baltimore – 5
The Orioles improved to 12-7 thanks to Adam Jones and his eighth inning heroics. With Baltimore tied 2-2, Jones blasted a solo home run to put the Orioles ahead for good. Chris Davis followed with a two-run home run to pad the lead.
Boston – 10
Chicago (A) – 3
In his first start since his perfect game, Philip Humber got blasted. He went five innings, allowed eight hits, three walks, and nine runs. It was not the type of start he was looking for after his magic of last weekend. The Red Sox improve to 8-10 on the season.
Miami – 2
New York (N) – 3
Kirk Nieuwenhuis may have a difficult name to pronounce, but Mets fans may be trying a little harder after his performance yesterday. He was 3 for 5 on the day including a game winning single in the bottom of the ninth. Justin Turner had tied the game just before with a bases loaded walk.
Washington – 1
San Diego – 2
Despite not scoring until the ninth, San Diego squeezed out a win last night. Edinson Volquez and Edwin Jackson were both solid as the starters gave up a combined one run. Mark Kotsay‘s two-run double in the eighth was the difference for San Diego.