National League Game Summary - Houston at San Francisco|
(Saturday, July 14th)
Final Score: San Francisco 3, Houston 2 (12 innings)
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Hector Sanchez had a game-winning RBI
single in the bottom of the 12th, Tim Lincecum tossed eight scoreless innings,
and the Giants edged the Astros, 3-2, on Saturday at AT&T Park.
Pablo Sandoval and Angel Pagan began the 12th with consecutive singles off of
Brett Myers (0-4) before Sanchez ripped a base hit past second baseman Jose
Altuve, allowing Sandoval to score the deciding run.
Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) recorded the final out in the top of the 12th to earn the
win for the Giants, who moved past the Dodgers and into first place in the
National League West with the victory.
They secured their first series win since June 25-27, which came against the
Dodgers, and will look for the sweep of this three-game set on Sunday.
Sanchez, whose ninth-inning error allowed the Astros to tie the game, also had
an RBI double in the sixth.
His single in the 12th short-hopped Altuve and escaped into the outfield after
the second baseman attempted to backhand the sharply hit ball.
Lincecum, who struggled to a 3-10 record before the All-Star break, scattered
five hits and notched a season-high 11 strikeouts, but was robbed of the win
due to an improbable Houston rally in the ninth.
Santiago Casilla entered the ninth with a 2-0 lead, searching
for his 23rd save of the year. Instead he issued a walk to Scott Moore, who
scored on Justin Maxwell's two-out double to deep right-center field.
The closer then struck out Chris Snyder with a curveball, but the pitch was
wild. The ball escaped up the third base line where Sanchez pounced on it and
threw wide to first. Snyder was safe and Maxwell took advantage, scoring the
tying run from second base on the play.
"Lincecum did a good job for those first eight innings," admitted Maxwell. "We
tacked two on the board in the ninth and we had a chance to win but it just
shows a lot about this team and we never give up, regardless."
Although he didn't earn the win, Lincecum turned in arguably his finest
performance of the season. In addition to the season-high 11 K's, he also tied
a season-high in innings pitched, and scored a run on All-Star Game MVP Melky
Cabrera's fifth-inning single.
Additionally, it was just the second time this year that the two-time NL Cy
Young Award winner held his opponent scoreless. The other being a seven-
inning start against the Dodgers on June 27.
Still, the 28-year-old righty doesn't have a victory to show for the effort.
He is now 1-8 in his last 13 starts and the Giants are 5-14 this season when
he takes the mound.
"He's had a tough go but it's all about being resilient and bouncing back,"
said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He did tonight and hopefully he'll carry
this into the next game."
Rookie Lucas Harrell gave up just one run on five hits with four walks
over a five-inning start for the Astros, who lost infielder Jed Lowrie in the
third inning due to an sprained right ankle.
Lowrie appeared to be spiked by a sliding Gregor Blanco on a force attempt at
second base and had to be assisted off the field.
"Right now it just feels like my whole leg, it's just really sore," said
Lowrie about the injury. "He slid into me and my foot got caught underneath
his and I twisted it."
Houston fell for the 12th times in its last 13 games.
Lincecum is 5-0 in nine career starts versus the Astros...Moore went 0-for-4.
He had hit safely in each of his first nine games with Houston -- a franchise
record...Maxwell was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list prior to
Friday's contest...Lowrie was acquired from Boston in the offseason. He has
appeared in 80 games for the Astros and is batting .253 with 14 homers, 36 RBI
and 38 runs scored.
07/15 02:44:29 ET