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Giants' Sanchez redeems himself with winning sac fly in 10th

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- The night before, and two innings before, Freddy Sanchez left the bases loaded during a potential game-changing situation.

Given one more chance, he didn't want to fail again.

Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, Tim Lincecum lasted seven for the first time in four starts and the San Francisco Giants bounced back from pinch-hitter Delwyn Young's tying two-run homer to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Sunday.

Andres Torres doubled off Octavio Dotel (2-1) and moved up on his wild pitch ahead of a mid-range fly ball to center by Sanchez, who went 7 for 13 in his first series in Pittsburgh since being traded to the Giants in July.

"There's no getting around it, that would have been a tough one if we hadn't come away with the win," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "After giving up a two-out, two-strike home run to tie it, Torres came right back and got us going."

With the score tied at 3, Sanchez struck out looking against Brendan Donnelly to leave the bases loaded in the eighth. Similarly, Sanchez stranded three runners to end a 6-3 Giants loss Saturday, when left fielder Lastings Milledge made a remarkable, stick-out-his-glove-and-hope catch of Sanchez's drive to the wall.

No wonder that sacrifice fly felt so good.

"That [Saturday] was tough but I'll tell you, this was even harder," Sanchez said. "I got a chance in that same situation and didn't come through again. The way we were able to battle back and scrap after me striking out, everyone could have gotten down."

For Sanchez, it was an uplifting way to end a weekend that included a trip to a Pittsburgh suburb to play in a game for special needs youngsters on a field he helped fund.

"That was special," he said.

So was Young's homer -- but only for a few minutes.

"It was kind of a bittersweet swing," said Young, who hit his second career pinch-hit homer after Ronny Cedeno singled to end an 0-for-20 streak. "It put us back to zero, but we lost the game. It was good for the moment."

San Francisco had gone ahead 5-3 in the ninth after reliever Javier Lopez's error for muffing an easy throw on a grounder led to Juan Uribe's RBI double and Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly.

Brian Wilson (2-0) got four outs for the victory despite blowing his second save in 16 opportunities, but needed Santiago Casilla to get the final two outs for his first save since Sept. 22, 2008, with Oakland.

Bochy rarely pulls Wilson during an inning, but the manager felt he needed a fresh arm after Wilson threw 35 pitches during his fourth appearance this month. Casilla struck out Jeff Clement with runners on second and third to end the game.

Lincecum didn't figure in the decision after losing two in a row, but was relatively pleased even though both runners he walked came around to score. He fought with his control while walking 20 in his previous four starts, five in each.

"I've been kind of erratic with my mechanics and my timing and my motion, and this was a big step forward," Lincecum said. "I stayed consistent throughout the game and I was pounding the strike zone, I felt like. I wish I could have done better, but I'll take what I get."

Rookie Neil Walker walked leading off the fourth, and Garrett Jones made it 2-2 one batter later with a drive into the right-center seats for his eighth homer and the fifth allowed by Lincecum in 78 2/3 innings.

"To be honest, I thought it was a pop fly [when it left the bat]," Lincecum said.

The Giants retook the lead at 3-2 in the fifth on Sanchez's run-scoring single and Pablo Sandoval's double down the left-field line, but Walker walked again leading off the sixth and scored on Lastings Milledge's one-out single.

Lincecum avoided a career-high third consecutive loss, striking out six and walking two in seven innings. The right-hander was 1-0 with an 0.56 ERA and 25 strikeouts in two starts against Pittsburgh last season, striking out a career-high 15 on July 27.

Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf was pulled after throwing 110 pitches, allowing eight hits and walking three in six innings.

Notes
  • The Giants also scored on Aubrey Huff's RBI single in the first and Sandoval's sacrifice fly in the third.
  • San Francisco won twice in the series and is 12-3 against the NL Central.
  • Sandoval returned to No. 3 in the order after batting eighth for the first time Saturday.
 
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After failing to produce in the eighth, Freddy Sanchez becomes the hero with his sac fly in the 10th. (AP)
After failing to produce in the eighth, Freddy Sanchez becomes the hero with his sac fly in the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

J. Uribe
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

G. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, RF-CF5220111 .292
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4221113 .371
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5121010 .283
Aubrey Huff, LF3011202 .298
Juan Uribe, SS5122004 .276
Bengie Molina, C4000103 .248
Buster Posey, 1B3010100 .433
    Nate Schierholtz, PR-RF0000100 .278
Aaron Rowand, CF4010003 .225
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   a- Pat Burrell, PH0001000 .205
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Tim Lincecum, P3000012 .120
   b- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B2010002 .259
Totals38612674  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Mota in the 9th
b-singled for Lincecum in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (16, Dotel), Pablo Sandoval (16, Ohlendorf), Juan Uribe 2 (8, Ohlendorf, Lopez)
SF - Freddy Sanchez (2), Pablo Sandoval (3), Juan Uribe (3), Pat Burrell (2)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez (9), Pablo Sandoval (23), Aubrey Huff (26), Juan Uribe 2 (33), Pat Burrell (14)
SB - Andres Torres 2 (11, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Doumit, 3rd base off Ohlendorf/Doumit), Aubrey Huff 2 (3, 2nd base off Carrasco/Doumit, 2nd base off Dotel/Doumit), Aaron Rowand (1, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Doumit)
Team LOB - 14
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum 7633261 3.20
Dan Runzler 0.1000100 4.03
Guillermo Mota 0.2000000 1.33
Brian Wilson (BS,2; W,2-0) 1.1322111 2.55
Santiago Casilla (S,1) 0.2000010 1.80
WP - Tim Lincecum (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 113-74, Dan Runzler 10-6, Guillermo Mota 9-6, Brian Wilson 35-20, Santiago Casilla 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-8, Dan Runzler 1-0, Santiago Casilla 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 29, Dan Runzler 2, Guillermo Mota 1, Brian Wilson 8, Santiago Casilla 2
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF5000012 .313
Neil Walker, 2B3200211 .333
Ryan Doumit, C5020001 .281
Garrett Jones, RF3122212 .266
Lastings Milledge, LF5011012 .246
Jeff Clement, 1B5000025 .189
Andy LaRoche, 3B4000013 .244
Ronny Cedeno, SS4110010 .240
Ross Ohlendorf, P2010000 .091
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   a- Akinori Iwamura, PH1010000 .182
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
   b- Delwyn Young, PH1112000 .250
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Totals3859548  
a-doubled for Carrasco in the 7th
b-homered for Meek in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (12, Lincecum), Akinori Iwamura (5, Lincecum)
HR - Garrett Jones (8, Lincecum), Delwyn Young (2, Wilson)
RBI - Garrett Jones 2 (35), Lastings Milledge (16), Delwyn Young 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Delwyn Young 2 (6)
CS - Garrett Jones (2, 2nd base by Mota/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Walker-Cedeno
E - Garrett Jones (4, Throwing), Javier Lopez (1, Missed catch of throw)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Ohlendorf 6833320 4.30
D.J. Carrasco 1000000 3.82
Brendan Donnelly 1200110 5.40
Javier Lopez 0.1120200 1.64
Evan Meek 0.2000000 0.83
Octavio Dotel (L,2-1) 1111110 5.40
IBB - Huff by Ross Ohlendorf, Molina by Javier Lopez
HBP - Huff (by D.J. Carrasco)
WP - Javier Lopez (3), Octavio Dotel (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 110-62, D.J. Carrasco 11-6, Brendan Donnelly 27-15, Javier Lopez 16-5, Evan Meek 2-2, Octavio Dotel 31-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 1-14, D.J. Carrasco 3-0, Javier Lopez 1-1
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 28, D.J. Carrasco 4, Brendan Donnelly 6, Javier Lopez 5, Evan Meek 2, Octavio Dotel 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24068
Game Time - 3:41
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds