Roy Oswalt’s offering appeared to hit Juan Uribe in the hand. But home plate umpire Wally Bell said it hit the handle of the bat, extending Uribe’s at-bat. A couple pitches later and he hit a sacrifice fly to left, winning the game for the Giants, 6-5.
With Oswalt pitching the ninth in a tie-game situation, the Giants too advantage of the right-hander, who was pitching on two days rest.
With one out, Aubrey Huff singled just out of the reach of a diving Ryan Howard. Buster Posey then ripped a double into right field to put Huff on third. Uribe, sore left wrist and all, followed with the clutch sacrifice fly to score Huff.
San Francisco and Philadelphia had their number-four’s going in this game and both didn’t get through the fifth inning. Both starters went 4 2/3 innings pitched while giving up three runs. Madison Bumgarner struck out six and Joe Blanton sat down three.
The Giants got on the board in the first inning with an RBI single by Buster Posey, who had himself a fantastic game. Posey went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and made a great defensive play in the fifth inning when he blocked the plate to keep Carlos Ruiz from scoring.
San Fran then made it 2-o in the third inning when again Posey came up with an RBI hit, this one a double to deep center field.
But the Phillies erupted on Bumgarner, getting four runs in the fourth thanks to an RBI single by Shane Victorino, an RBI double by Placido Polanco, and a wild pitch with the bases juiced and two outs. After the hit batter and runners on second and third, Jimmy Rollins swung at ball four to end the threat.
San Fran got a run back in the fifth thanks to an RBI single by Huff. Pablo Sandoval’s two-run double in the sixth gave the Giants a 5-4 lead before Howard and Jayson Werth hit back-to-back doubles in the eighth to tie the game at five.
It’s bad enough the Phillies have to overcome a 3-1 deficit. What makes it even harder is now the Phils have to beat Tim Lincecum in San Francisco, take the series back to Philadelphia, and beat Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain.
2B: Polanco (2), Howard (3), Werth (1).
WP: B. Wilson. LP: Oswalt.
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