Posted: Jul 14, 2012 11:04 PM by Bill Halter
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hector Sanchez singled in Pablo Sandoval in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Sanchez, whose throwing error in the top of the ninth helped Houston score the tying run and force extra innings, hit a sharp grounder off Houston closer Brett Myers that bounced off the glove of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and went into right field. Sandoval, who opened the inning with an infield single, easily beat the throw home from Matt Downs.
Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) got the last out in the top of the 12th.
Sanchez finished with a career-high four hits while Melky Cabrera had two to add to his majors-leading total for the Giants, who moved into first place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Houston scored twice off Giants closer Santiago Casilla with two outs in the ninth. That prevented Tim Lincecum from earning the win after his most impressive outing of the season. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, who went into the game with the highest ERA in the majors among qualifying pitchers, scattered five hits over eight innings and had a career-high 11 strikeouts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-runner Everth Cabrera stole home to tie the game with two out in the ninth inning and Will Venable came around with the winning run when closer Kenley Jansen threw the ball past catcher A.J. Ellis, leading the San Diego Padres to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
Alex Hinshaw (1-1) recorded two outs to get the victory, ending the Padres' 10-game losing streak at Dodger Stadium. All-Star Huston Street worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 14 attempts.
Jansen (4-3) ended up with his fourth blown save opportunity in 20 chances.
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