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Huff's single helps Giants down Marlins in 12th; Lincecum fans 13

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MIAMI -- The seesaw marathon lasted nearly four hours, and afterward it took awhile for Aaron Rowand to peel off his sweat-soaked uniform.

"My jersey and pants must weigh five pounds," he said.

It was his own fault. Rowand kept the game going with a tying two-out solo homer in the ninth inning, and Aubrey Huff hit a two-run single to break the tie in the 12th, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Florida Marlins 9-6 Tuesday night.

"That was a crazy game," Huff said. "Two out in the ninth with Rowand coming up, it was kind of dead in the dugout. He saved the game."

Dan Uggla's three-run homer with two out in the eighth off Sergio Romo gave the Marlins a 6-5 lead. They were one out from victory when Rowand homered on a 1-0 hanging slider from closer Leo Nunez.

"I wasn't trying to hit a home run in that situation, especially against a guy like him," Rowand said. "I'm just trying to hit something hard and keep it going."

Unbeaten Giants ace Tim Lincecum had 13 strikeouts in seven innings and left with a 5-3 lead, but he was denied his fifth win of the season when Florida rallied.

"The starter's job isn't to get a win every time," Lincecum said. "It's to put the team in a position to get a win. I threw my seven innings, we nitpicked and scored big runs when we needed to late, and it turned into a really exciting game."

Lincecum was up 3-0 before Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the sixth. Lincecum's ERA soared to 1.70, but aside from the homer he was in top form, allowing only five hits and one walk.

Dan Runzler (1-0) struck out the side in the 11th, and Guillermo Mota pitched a perfect 12th for his first save. Six San Francisco pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts.

Andres Torres singled with one out in the 12th off Burke Badenhop (0-3), then took third on a double by Pablo Sandoval. After Bengie Molina was intentionally walked, Huff singled.

"It's a case of not getting guys off-balance enough and backing a couple of guys off the plate," Badenhop said.

He threw inside after loading the bases. Nate Schierholtz earned a tough RBI when he was hit by a pitch from Hunter Jones in the side of the helmet. Schierholtz remained on his feet and stayed in the game.

Ramirez, last year's NL batting champion, had three hits to hike his average to .327. Rowand had three RBI and three of the Giants' 15 hits, and he made a leaping catch in center field.

In the early going, Lincecum was on pace to break the Giants' 106-year-old team record of 16 strikeouts set by Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. By the fifth inning, Lincecum had 12 Ks and had struck out every position player, making the Marlins look silly at times. Cody Ross fell down when he swung at a 3-2 pitch and missed.

An inning later, the bats began finding the ball. Pinch hitter Mike Lamb singled to start the sixth, and Cameron Maybin beat out a swinging bunt. Rowand robbed Chris Coghlan of a hit, but Ramirez hit the next pitch for a homer.

It was his fourth homer in a span of nine at-bats, and his sixth this season.

With Florida trailing 5-3 in the eighth, Coghlan walked with one out and Ramirez singled. Jorge Cantu struck out for the fourth time, but Uggla hit his sixth homer on the next pitch.

The Giants' bullpen has failed to protect a lead for Lincecum in his past two starts.

Florida starter Anibal Sanchez allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings. Nunez blew a save for the second time in six chances.

"We were just one hit away from shaking hands," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's baseball. You can't hold the ball and run out the clock."

The Giants went 6 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Juan Uribe hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth to put them ahead 5-3.

"We had some big hits," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's what it takes to win games like this."

Notes

  • Before the game, Marlins RHP Clay Hensley was reinstated from the bereavement list and rejoined the team. RHP Tim Wood was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. OF John Raynor, selected by Pittsburgh in the Rule 5 draft, was returned to the Marlins.
  • Giants SS Edgar Renteria (groin) took part in pregame drills and is improving but was again held out of the lineup. He has been sidelined since leaving Friday's game.
  • LHP Barry Zito, scheduled to start Wednesday, is 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA in five starts against Florida.
 
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Aubrey Huff, who smacks the game-winning single in the 12th inning, finishes 2 for 5 with two RBI.  (AP)
Aubrey Huff, who smacks the game-winning single in the 12th inning, finishes 2 for 5 with two RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

A. Rowand
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF5133110 .327
Mark DeRosa, LF5000014 .200
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Andres Torres, LF1110000 .271
Pablo Sandoval, 3B6220012 .337
Bengie Molina, C5210110 .333
Aubrey Huff, 1B5022100 .278
Juan Uribe, SS6022011 .295
Nate Schierholtz, RF5221002 .350
Matt Downs, 2B6120023 .364
Tim Lincecum, P2000012 .214
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   a- John Bowker, PH-LF2000000 .192
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
   b- Eugenio Velez, PH1000013 .186
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Totals49915839  
a-grounded out for Romo in the 9th
b-struck out for Runzler in the 12th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (8, Badenhop), Bengie Molina (3, Leroux), Aubrey Huff (5, Badenhop), Juan Uribe (5, Leroux), Nate Schierholtz (8, Sanchez)
HR - Aaron Rowand (2, Nunez)
SH - Tim Lincecum (5)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 3 (9), Aubrey Huff 2 (14), Juan Uribe 2 (18), Nate Schierholtz (4)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (2), Juan Uribe 2 (7)
SB - Nate Schierholtz (2, 2nd base off Sanchez/Baker)
CS - Aaron Rowand (2, 2nd base by Sanchez/Baker)
Team LOB - 9
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum 75331131 1.70
Sergio Romo (BS,2) 1233121 3.55
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2100100 2.79
Brian Wilson 1.1000010 1.93
Dan Runzler (W,1-0) 1100030 2.25
Guillermo Mota (S,1) 1000010 0.87
IBB - Maybin by Jeremy Affeldt
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 110-71, Sergio Romo 26-18, Jeremy Affeldt 14-5, Brian Wilson 13-9, Dan Runzler 19-16, Guillermo Mota 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 3-5, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Brian Wilson 2-1, Guillermo Mota 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 27, Sergio Romo 6, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Brian Wilson 4, Dan Runzler 4, Guillermo Mota 3
Florida Marlins
Cameron Maybin, CF5110120 .245
Chris Coghlan, LF3100111 .182
   a- Ronny Paulino, PH1000002 .311
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Brian Barden, 3B1000010 .125
Hanley Ramirez, SS6233010 .327
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B5000043 .282
Dan Uggla, 2B5113030 .290
John Baker, C4000130 .262
Cody Ross, RF5020011 .271
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3000012 .263
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brett Carroll, PH-LF2010011 .294
Anibal Sanchez, P1000000 .333
   c- Mike Lamb, PH1110000 .222
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   d- Wes Helms, PH-3B3000023 .370
    Hunter Jones, P0000000 .000
Totals45696320  
a-grounded out for Coghlan in the 9th
b-singled for Nunez in the 9th
c-singled for Sanchez in the 6th
d-struck out for Hensley in the 7th
Batting
HR - Hanley Ramirez (6, Lincecum), Dan Uggla (6, Romo)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (17), Dan Uggla 3 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (7)
SB - Brett Carroll (1, 2nd base off Affeldt/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-G. Sanchez
PB - John Baker (1)
E - Jorge Cantu (3, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez 6532130 4.06
Clay Hensley 1100000 1.98
Chris Leroux 1322110 3.86
Leo Nunez (BS,2) 1111011 0.79
Burke Badenhop (L,0-3) 2.1533120 4.96
Hunter Jones 0.2000020 0.00
IBB - Huff by Chris Leroux, Molina by Burke Badenhop
HBP - Schierholtz (by Hunter Jones)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 90-64, Clay Hensley 10-7, Chris Leroux 22-13, Leo Nunez 12-7, Burke Badenhop 45-26, Hunter Jones 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 4-10, Clay Hensley 2-1, Leo Nunez 1-1, Burke Badenhop 1-4
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 23, Clay Hensley 4, Chris Leroux 7, Leo Nunez 4, Burke Badenhop 13, Hunter Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13690
Game Time - 3:51
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Field Culbreth