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SAN FRANCISCO -- Garrett Jones started the game as Pittsburgh's offensive star. He ended it as an unlikely defensive hero.
"That's not the way I had it planned but it worked out," Dotel said.
Eugenio Velez hit a two-run homer off Dotel in the ninth but the closer responded by retiring three straight, getting Pablo Sandoval to line out to the 6-foot-5 Jones, three inches taller than starter Jeff Clement, to end the game.
"That was a great play," Pirates manager John Russell said. "The reaction on that ball was really good. It was hit hard; a nice way to end the game."
Jones said he had trouble picking up the ball off Sandoval's bat.
"That was a shot," said Jones, who moved into the infield late in the game. "I just barely saw it off the bat and I just had to get the full extension and luckily it went right in the glove."
Matt Cain allowed three runs and five hits in six innings for the Giants, who lost for only the second time. Cain retired the last 10 batters he faced.
"I was happy with how I ended," he said. "Mechanically I was trying to find some things early and getting myself into trouble. I put the guys in a hole through the first three and they did a great job of battling back."
Paul Maholm pitched five-plus innings for the Pirates, yielding three runs and eight hits.
"I never got into a perfect rhythm but that lineup is a challenge," Maholm said. "There are no easy outs; even Cain has a couple of hits off of me so it wasn't like I was extremely comfortable."
Pittsburgh went in front for good in the eighth. With one out and a runner on first, Lastings Milledge hit a comebacker to Jeremy Affeldt but shortstop Edgar Renteria couldn't handle the throw to second. Jones then grounded a single into right field to give the Pirates a 4-3 lead.
"That's an aberration more than anything," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Renteria's error. "It's not something you're going to see too often. It just didn't stick in his glove."
LaRoche hit a home run with one out in the ninth and Iwamura added an RBI single.
"We definitely needed that after a couple of tough losses," Jones said. "We got some big hits when we needed them and scored just enough to win."
The Giants rallied after falling behind 3-0 in the third. Sandoval had an RBI single in the bottom half, Mark DeRosa added a run-scoring double in the fifth and Velez drove in the tying run with a groundout in the sixth.
|The Pirates celebrate their win after Octavio Dotel gets the last out. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Akinori Iwamura, 2B||5||1||2||2||0||0||0||.281|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||3||3||1||0||2||0||1||.265|
|Lastings Milledge, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.219|
|Garrett Jones, RF-1B||4||0||3||2||0||0||0||.258|
|Ryan Doumit, C||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.250|
|Jeff Clement, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.143|
|Evan Meek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brendan Donnelly, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Bobby Crosby, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.375|
|Octavio Dotel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andy LaRoche, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.250|
|Paul Maholm, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Ryan Church, RF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.455|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.321|
|a-struck out for Donnelly in the 9th|
|2B - Garrett Jones (1, Cain)|
|3B - Ryan Church (1, Medders)|
|HR - Akinori Iwamura (2, Cain), Andy LaRoche (1, Medders)|
|RBI - Akinori Iwamura 2 (6), Garrett Jones 2 (8), Ryan Doumit (4), Andy LaRoche (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Akinori Iwamura (3), Garrett Jones (1)|
|SB - Andrew McCutchen 2 (5, 2nd base off Cain/Molina, 2nd base off Cain/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Garrett Jones 1|
|DP - Cedeno-Iwamura-Clement|
|Evan Meek (BS,1; W,1-0)||2||1||0||0||0||3||0||1.50|
|Brendan Donnelly (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.86|
|Octavio Dotel (S,2)||1||2||2||2||0||0||1||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 97-58, Evan Meek 29-23, Brendan Donnelly 17-12, Octavio Dotel 24-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 6-4, Evan Meek 2-1, Brendan Donnelly 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 24, Evan Meek 7, Brendan Donnelly 3, Octavio Dotel 5|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||5||2||2||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.400|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||0||1||.382|
|Aubrey Huff, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.241|
|Mark DeRosa, LF||3||0||1||1||1||1||1||.231|
|Bengie Molina, C||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.455|
|Juan Uribe, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.345|
|Andres Torres, RF||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|a- John Bowker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.238|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Medders, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Nate Schierholtz, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Matt Cain, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||4||.000|
|c- Eugenio Velez, PH-RF||2||1||1||3||0||0||0||.300|
|a-struck out for Torres in the 6th|
|b-doubled for Medders in the 9th|
|c-grounded out for Cain in the 6th|
|2B - Aaron Rowand (2, Maholm), Mark DeRosa (1, Maholm), Bengie Molina (2, Maholm), Nate Schierholtz (1, Dotel)|
|HR - Eugenio Velez (1, Dotel)|
|RBI - Pablo Sandoval (4), Mark DeRosa (5), Eugenio Velez 3 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark DeRosa (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 1|
|DP - Uribe-Renteria-Huff|
|E - Edgar Renteria (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Jeremy Affeldt (L,2-1)||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||1.69|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 86-49, Sergio Romo 13-9, Jeremy Affeldt 12-6, Brandon Medders 20-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 7-7, Sergio Romo 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Cain 24, Sergio Romo 3, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Brandon Medders 6|
|Attendance - 28030|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 57|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|