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Two-run shot in 11th powers Giants past Astros

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HOUSTON -- The San Francisco Giants had several good chances to beat the Houston Astros. It took them until the 11th inning to find one that worked.

Pablo Sandoval hit a tie-breaking two-run homer with two out in the 11th inning to lead the Giants to a 6-4 victory Sunday.

The score had been tied 4-4 since the fourth inning and the Giants missed a few opportunities to take the lead until Sandoval's 15th homer off Mark Melancon (6-4).

It's been tough for the Giants lately. They've lost 17 of their last 23 games. The Astros made two outstanding defensive plays to keep the score tied.

"It's frustrating, especially when you've been in a streak like we've been in and lost two straight here," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You're hoping that somebody comes through but they made two unbelievable defensive plays that saved them. It was a great job on their part."

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Sandoval, playing with nagging injuries, was pleased to get it over.

"I'm tired," Sandoval said. "I just was looking for a pitch to hit. Now we go home, got a day off and come Tuesday, play hard. I've been hurting so I'll enjoy that day. I just want to play and help team win a game."

Jeremy Affeldt (2-2) pitched two innings for the victory. He has allowed one earned in 17 1/3 innings since the All-Star break.

The Giants left 12 base runners stranded, including seven over the final five innings. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Astros, equaling their longest of the season.

Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the second inning and had a career high four hits.

The Astros kept coming up with big defensive plays to keep the score tied.

"I thought our guys did a great job of battling all the way until the end," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "It seemed like the leadoff guy got on in every inning. Our guys had to really buckle down and work out of jams, and they did. There were a lot of quality pitches being made."

The Giants were poised to take the lead in the eighth with the bases loaded and one out. Instead, Chris Stewart hit a fly to left fielder J.D. Martinez, who caught it for the second out and then made a perfect throw to catcher Carlos Corporan, who blocked the plate and tagged Nate Schierholtz sliding into home plate.

San Francisco loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth but Schierholtz flew out to center field to keep the score tied. The Giants left seven runners stranded in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

Aaron Rowand led off the ninth with a single. He took off for second when a pickoff throw got past first baseman Carlos Lee. The ball bounced perfectly off the fence back to second baseman Jose Altuve, who threw out Rowand at second.

"When you're in one of these streaks, what can go wrong does go wrong," Bochy said. "They got a break there and throw the guy out at second. There's nobody out and a man on first, yeah, it's a tough break."

Giants starter Dan Runzler made his major league debut as a starter after 71 appearances in relief. He didn't get out of the second inning. He allowed four runs, walked three and struck out two.

Henry Sosa pitched five innings against his former team but didn't figure in the outcome.

San Francisco got a quick lead off Sosa on Belt's 3-run homer for the early lead but the Astros battered Runzler and Guillermo Mota for four runs in the second inning that included four walks.

Runzler yielded a single to Jimmy Paredes and walked Clint Barmes and Jason Michaels to start the second inning. Carlos Corporan hit into a double play, scoring Paredes.

Sosa walked and Jose Altuve had an RBI single to bring on Mota, who walked Jason Bourgeois and J.D. Martinez followed with a two-run single to right field for a 4-3 lead.

Mike Fontenot's sacrifice fly tied it in the fourth inning.

"We survived it is the best way to put it," Bochy said. "We're not too far back. We're fortunate."

Notes

  • The Giants placed closer Brian Wilson on the 15-daydisabled list retroactive to Tuesday with inflammation in his right elbow and recalled RHP Steve Edlefsen from Triple-A Fresno.
  • The Astros optioned RHP Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Oklahoma City Sunday in anticipation of OF Jordan Schafer coming off the disabled list on Monday. General manager Ed Wade said Lyles would return with the September call ups.
 
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Pablo Sandoval swings through a tie-breaking, two-run shot in the 11th to give the Giants a much-needed victory.   (AP)
Pablo Sandoval swings through a tie-breaking, two-run shot in the 11th to give the Giants a much-needed victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Belt
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cody Ross, CF5100133 .235
Jeff Keppinger, 2B6010002 .297
Pablo Sandoval, 3B6122023 .310
Aubrey Huff, 1B3110200 .248
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH1000010 .178
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Nate Schierholtz, RF4210015 .278
Brandon Belt, LF-1B5143011 .230
Mike Fontenot, SS2001001 .227
   b- Miguel Tejada, PH-SS2010001 .241
Chris Stewart, C4000014 .202
Dan Runzler, P0000100 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P1000001 .111
    Steve Edlefsen, P0000000 .000
   c- Orlando Cabrera, PH1010000 .242
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   d- Aaron Rowand, PH-LF2010000 .238
Totals42612649  
a-struck out for Affeldt in the 11th
b-singled for Fontenot in the 8th
c-singled for Edlefsen in the 7th
d-singled for Casilla in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (24, Sosa)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (15, Melancon), Brandon Belt (5, Sosa)
SF - Mike Fontenot (3)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (50), Brandon Belt 3 (12), Mike Fontenot (14)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Fontenot-Keppinger-Huff
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Runzler 1.2344320 7.77
Guillermo Mota 3300110 3.84
Steve Edlefsen 1.1000020 0.00
Santiago Casilla 2100000 1.47
Jeremy Affeldt (W,2-2) 2100210 2.54
Ramon Ramirez (S,3) 1000010 2.79
HBP - Corporan (by Jeremy Affeldt)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Runzler 49-26, Guillermo Mota 44-29, Steve Edlefsen 22-16, Santiago Casilla 25-16, Jeremy Affeldt 39-24, Ramon Ramirez 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Runzler 2-0, Guillermo Mota 5-3, Steve Edlefsen 2-0, Santiago Casilla 4-2, Jeremy Affeldt 2-3, Ramon Ramirez 2-0
Batters Faced - Dan Runzler 10, Guillermo Mota 13, Steve Edlefsen 4, Santiago Casilla 7, Jeremy Affeldt 10, Ramon Ramirez 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5111010 .322
Jason Bourgeois, CF4000200 .292
J.D. Martinez, LF5032013 .278
Carlos Lee, 1B5010017 .259
Jimmy Paredes, 3B5120010 .299
Clint Barmes, SS4100112 .250
Jason Michaels, RF1000100 .197
   a- J.B. Shuck, PH-RF3010000 .282
Carlos Corporan, C3000000 .193
    Brian Bogusevic, PR0000000 .286
    Humberto Quintero, C1000001 .253
Henry Sosa, P1100100 .000
    Wesley Wright, P1000010 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   b- Angel Sanchez, PH0000100 .247
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Downs, PH1000010 .259
Totals3948367  
a-grounded out for Michaels in the 6th
b-walked for F. Rodriguez in the 9th
c-struck out for Melancon in the 11th
Batting
2B - J.D. Martinez (7, Runzler)
SH - Jose Altuve (2)
RBI - Jose Altuve (7), J.D. Martinez 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Altuve (2), J.D. Martinez 2 (7)
SB - Jimmy Paredes (2, 3rd base off Runzler/Stewart), Clint Barmes (2, 2nd base off Runzler/Stewart)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Martinez 1
DP - Lee-Barmes, Martinez-Corporan, Altuve-Barmes-Lee
E - Sergio Escalona (1, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Henry Sosa 5444131 6.35
Wesley Wright 1000120 3.00
Wilton Lopez 0.2100010 2.88
Sergio Escalona 0.2100010 3.00
Fernando Rodriguez 1.2400110 2.87
Mark Melancon (L,6-4) 2222111 3.36
HBP - Schierholtz (by Henry Sosa), Stewart (by Wilton Lopez)
WP - Henry Sosa (1), Wesley Wright (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Henry Sosa 75-50, Wesley Wright 19-9, Wilton Lopez 16-10, Sergio Escalona 17-10, Fernando Rodriguez 37-24, Mark Melancon 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henry Sosa 5-7, Wesley Wright 1-0, Wilton Lopez 1-0, Sergio Escalona 2-0, Mark Melancon 2-2
Batters Faced - Henry Sosa 21, Wesley Wright 4, Wilton Lopez 4, Sergio Escalona 4, Fernando Rodriguez 8, Mark Melancon 8
Game Information
Attendance - 25838
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Adrian Johnson