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Marlins outlast Giants in 12 innings; Posey injured

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Scott Cousins went to college at the University of San Francisco. He lives in the Bay Area, and he had almost a dozen friends and family at AT&T Park on Wednesday night to witness the biggest moment of his professional career.

"I don't know if I'm going to be welcomed home as much any more," he said.

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Cousins scored the go-ahead run in a brutal collision with catcher Buster Posey at home in the 12th inning, injuring the Giants star as the Florida Marlins beat San Francisco 7-6.

The Marlins blew a four-run lead in the ninth, setting up the play at the plate. Posey went for X-rays on his left ankle, and the Giants said there would be no test results until Thursday, when he'll have an MRI exam.

Emilio Bonifacio hit a shallow fly ball to right-center off Guillermo Mota (2-1) for the second out. Cousins tagged from third base on the sacrifice fly, beating the throw from Nate Schierholtz and lowering his shoulder to slam into Posey for a clean -- albeit cringing -- hit on the reigning NL Rookie of the Year.

Posey's mask went flying in the collision to his chest. Cousins was safe as Posey never could quite corral the ball.

"I felt like he was blocking the dish. It's the go-ahead run to win the game, I got to do whatever I can to score," Cousins said. "I'm not trying to end anybody's season or anything like that. I just was trying to play hard and score the go-ahead run. He didn't say much and you could tell he was in pain.

"And when their manager, when Bruce [Bochy] came out, he was pretty frustrated. I didn't want to make things any more tense."

Posey lay dazed, writhing in pain and curling up in a ball for several minutes as the ballpark fell silent. After several minutes, with fans chanting "Posey! Posey!" he was helped off the field by two team trainers holding his left leg and looking stunned.

There was no immediate update on the severity of Posey's injury. Bochy, a former catcher, didn't believe the play was dirty but said it was difficult to watch.

"It's the toughest play in baseball. You hate to see it," Bochy said. "As a catcher you know what it's like, and you don't like it. Believe me. When I see him laying there, it's certainly not a good feeling."

Said Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez: "It was a tough play at home. Posey was doing his job blocking the plate and the runner doing his job, he was trying to get to home plate."

All this after the Giants batted around in the ninth to score four runs and force extra innings. Ryan Webb (1-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

This was perhaps the wildest night in a young season already full of them for the defending World Series champion Giants.

Marlins reliever Edward Mujica gave up a single to Schierholtz and a double to Miguel Tejada in the ninth. Leo Nunez entered with one out, and Schierholtz scored on a passed ball by catcher John Buck.

Pinch-hitter Pat Burrell had a bloop RBI single to center, trimming Florida's lead to 6-4. Nunez struck out Andres Torres before Freddy Sanchez doubled to put the tying runs in scoring position.

Aubrey Huff followed with a two-run single to make it 6-all, handing Nunez his first blown save in 19 chances. A good number of fans had left when Mike Stanton's bases-clearing double in the ninth gave the Marlins a four-run lead, and the ones who stayed received quite a show.

Stanton appeared to give Florida all the cushion it would need with a bases-loaded, two-out double to left-center off Javier Lopez to put the Marlins ahead 6-2. Those runs at least gave Florida another opportunity in extra innings after Nunez blew the save, spoiling a sharp outing by starter Chris Volstad.

But the night would belong to a play that could have serious implications for San Francisco's season.

Posey had already taken several foul tips off his mask and leg this season, and some observers have long argued a slugger of his caliber shouldn't be behind the plate -- where hits can be a routine. Posey had even talked about trying a more conventional mask next spring training instead of the hockey-style one he uses.

But the mask had nothing to do with this blow.

Cousins said he felt for Posey and repeatedly mentioned that he wasn't trying to injury him. He said he would find a way to send condolences to the other clubhouse and wish Posey well.

"It's a baseball play. I feel bad for Buster Posey, I really do," Cousins said. "I'm going to send a message over there to them."

Notes

  • Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (right shoulder inflammation) threw for about five minutes on flat ground from 60 feet without any discomfort. Rodriguez said Johnson will long toss next and was still hopeful his ace could be return by June 1.
  • Giants speedster Darren Ford has a sprained left ankle and will likely be out for at least five days.
  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez was removed in the bottom of the ninth because of a right foot contusion. He is day to day.
  • Tejada turned 37 on Wednesday.
  • Giants SS Mike Fontenot left the game after he strained his left groin running to first on a groundout in the fourth. He is day to day.
 
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Scott Cousins scores the winning run and also collides with Buster Posey, who leaves injured. (AP)
Scott Cousins scores the winning run and also collides with Buster Posey, who leaves injured. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Stanton
AB 6
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 4
San Francisco

F. Sanchez
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF5220011 .243
    Burke Badenhop, P00000001.000
Hanley Ramirez, SS3101102 .211
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Greg Dobbs, 3B1010000 .337
Logan Morrison, LF5230112 .313
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5011137 .322
Mike Stanton, RF6044005 .275
John Buck, C5010122 .215
Wes Helms, 3B5000012 .196
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Cousins, PH-CF1100001 .158
Omar Infante, 2B6020010 .250
Chris Volstad, P3000012 .188
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   b- Emilio Bonifacio, PH-SS1101100 .274
Totals467147510  
a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Webb in the 12th
b-walked for Hensley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (14, Bumgarner), Mike Stanton 2 (11, Bumgarner, Lopez)
SF - Emilio Bonifacio (2)
SH - Chris Coghlan (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (17), Gaby Sanchez (31), Mike Stanton 4 (28), Emilio Bonifacio (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Stanton 3 (11)
SB - Chris Coghlan 2 (6, 3rd base off Bumgarner/Posey, 2nd base off Ramirez/Posey), Hanley Ramirez (10, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
PB - John Buck (5)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Volstad 6622260 5.40
Mike Dunn (H,5) 1000000 2.49
Randy Choate (H,5) 0.1000000 1.29
Clay Hensley (H,8) 0.2000000 2.45
Edward Mujica 0.1222000 4.43
Leo Nunez (BS,1) 0.2422010 3.24
Ryan Webb (W,1-3) 2100000 2.78
Burke Badenhop (S,1) 1000000 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 97-58, Mike Dunn 12-8, Randy Choate 3-2, Clay Hensley 12-6, Edward Mujica 9-6, Leo Nunez 26-14, Ryan Webb 16-14, Burke Badenhop 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 8-4, Clay Hensley 1-1, Ryan Webb 4-2, Burke Badenhop 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 26, Mike Dunn 3, Randy Choate 1, Clay Hensley 2, Edward Mujica 3, Leo Nunez 6, Ryan Webb 7, Burke Badenhop 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF5111111 .276
Freddy Sanchez, 2B6140000 .294
Aubrey Huff, 1B6012033 .220
Buster Posey, C5010012 .284
    Eli Whiteside, C1000000 .200
Cody Ross, LF5000012 .255
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P1000000 .000
Nate Schierholtz, RF5120110 .258
Mike Fontenot, SS2000000 .207
    Emmanuel Burriss, SS2010001 .318
Miguel Tejada, 3B5220003 .225
Madison Bumgarner, P1000000 .176
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1000000 .245
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Pat Burrell, PH-LF2111001 .237
Totals47613427  
a-flied out for Ramirez in the 7th
b-singled for Affeldt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (8, Volstad), Freddy Sanchez (11, Nunez), Miguel Tejada (8, Mujica)
SH - Emmanuel Burriss (1), Madison Bumgarner (5)
RBI - Andres Torres (4), Aubrey Huff 2 (23), Pat Burrell (12)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff 2 (8)
SB - Andres Torres (4, off Volstad/Buck)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
DP - Tejada-Huff
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner 6833240 3.79
Ramon Ramirez 1100110 1.37
Sergio Romo 1000030 1.32
Javier Lopez 0.2133210 2.55
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1000000 5.82
Brian Wilson 2200010 3.52
Guillermo Mota (L,2-1) 1211000 2.84
IBB - G. Sanchez by Ramon Ramirez
HBP - Coghlan (by Madison Bumgarner), H. Ramirez (by Javier Lopez)
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 108-67, Ramon Ramirez 16-7, Sergio Romo 10-9, Javier Lopez 26-11, Jeremy Affeldt 2-2, Brian Wilson 22-14, Guillermo Mota 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 4-9, Javier Lopez 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Brian Wilson 3-2, Guillermo Mota 1-2
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 28, Ramon Ramirez 4, Sergio Romo 3, Javier Lopez 6, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Brian Wilson 8, Guillermo Mota 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41037
Game Time - 4:06
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Chad Fairchild