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Giants outlast Braves on 11th-inning HRs

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ATLANTA -- Brandon Crawford didn't have to be told the Giants had no available position players in the 11th inning when he fouled a ball off his right knee and collapsed to the ground.

Crawford knew he had to remain in the game, and so he got up and hit the next pitch for a three-run homer to give San Francisco the lead in its 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

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Gregor Blanco added another three-run homer in the 11th as the Giants recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the 10th.

Manager Bruce Bochy rushed to Crawford's side after the shortstop fouled the ball off his knee. Bochy knew it was crucial that Crawford remain in the game.

"I was close to telling him that because we were out of players," Bochy said.

No need. Crawford already knew the situation.

"I was thinking about it a little bit when I was on the ground," Crawford said.

Crawford said the pain went away quickly -- especially after the homer, only his second of the season and his first since April 12.

"It's been a while since I hit a homer," Crawford said. "It felt pretty good."

The NL West-leading Giants have won five straight, including the first two games of this series.

Anthony Varvaro (1-1) hit Eli Whiteside with a pitch to open the 11th before walking Brandon Belt. Chad Durbin replaced Varvaro and struck out Joaquin Arias.

The left-handed hitting Crawford pulled a cutter from Durbin into the seats in right.

"I tried to run it in there closer to him instead of leaving it on the plate and it didn't quite get there," Durbin said. "It just wasn't in enough."

The inning continued as third baseman Chipper Jones' second throwing error of the game allowed Justin Christian to reach base. With two outs, Durbin issued an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera before giving up Blanco's homer, also to right field, pushing the Giants' lead to 9-3.

Jones homered off Brad Penny in the 11th. The homer, Jones' eighth, gave him 1,596 career RBI, matching George Brett's record for third basemen.

Asked if the landmark was bittersweet, Jones said "Bitter."

Cabrera homered in the sixth and had a run-scoring single in the Giants' two-run 10th inning to give San Francisco a 3-1 lead.

The Giants were one out from the win when Brian McCann hit a tying two-run homer off Santiago Casilla (3-4) in the bottom of the 10th. It was Casilla's sixth blown save in 29 opportunities.

Bochy said he will talk with pitching coach Dave Righetti and Casilla before deciding if he will change closers.

"He was too good tonight to do that," Bochy said of Casilla.

"We may have to change it up a little bit, but I don't want him to lose his confidence."

Jones' first error helped the Giants in the 10th.

Arias hit a one-out triple off Varvaro, who then intentionally walked Crawford. Christian hit a soft grounder to third base which Jones fielded while running toward the plate. Jones tried to make an underhand toss to McCann at the plate but threw the ball high, allowing Arias to score. Crawford raced to third on the error.

"Takes too much time to overhand it," Jones said. "It's one of those do or die plays. It turned out to be costly."

Varvaro walked Ryan Theriot to load the bases before Cabrera's bloop single drove in Crawford.

Buster Posey, who had three hits for the second straight night, led off the ninth with a single to right off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel before Pablo Sandoval hit into a double play.

Juan Francisco's homer in the third gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Cabrera tied the game in the sixth with his ninth homer.

San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong and Atlanta's Mike Minor both lasted six innings and posted almost identical pitching lines.

Vogelsong gave up four hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts. Minor gave up three hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Minor, who struck out the side in the third, retired San Francisco's first 12 hitters.

Posey hit a leadoff double to right field in the fifth for the Giants' first hit.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 16 minutes by rain.

Notes

  • The Giants placed C Hector Sanchez on the 15-day DL with a sprained left knee following an MRI on Wednesday. Whiteside was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and took over for Posey in the ninth.
  • McCann's homer was the 150th of his career.
  • LHP Jonny Venters (sore left elbow) may start a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. The Braves want Venters to make at least two appearances with Gwinnett before he comes off the 15-day DL.
  • The series ends Thursday with Braves RHP Tim Hudson facing Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner.
 
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Gregor Blanco connects for a three-run shot in the 11th inning to help the Giants drop the Braves. (Getty Images)
Gregor Blanco connects for a three-run shot in the 11th inning to help the Giants drop the Braves. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Crawford
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Justin Christian, RF6100000 .185
Ryan Theriot, 2B5000120 .268
Melky Cabrera, LF5222100 .354
Buster Posey, C4030000 .308
    Gregor Blanco, PR-CF2113013 .255
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010012 .299
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Emmanuel Burriss, PH1000003 .208
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Cain, PH1000000 .143
    Brad Penny, P0000000 .000
Angel Pagan, CF3000101 .285
    Eli Whiteside, C0100000 .000
Brandon Belt, 1B3100222 .243
Joaquin Arias, SS-3B4110123 .244
Ryan Vogelsong, P2000013 .065
   c- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000002 .250
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Crawford, SS1213100 .240
Totals4299879  
a-lined out for Lopez in the 10th
b-grounded out for Casilla in the 11th
c-grounded out for Vogelsong in the 7th
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (19, Minor), Pablo Sandoval (15, Medlen)
3B - Joaquin Arias (3, Varvaro)
HR - Melky Cabrera (9, Minor), Gregor Blanco (5, Durbin), Brandon Crawford (2, Durbin)
RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (48), Gregor Blanco 3 (25), Brandon Crawford 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (14), Gregor Blanco 3 (11)
SB - Angel Pagan (17, 2nd base off Minor/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Melky Cabrera (4, Dropped fly), Ryan Theriot (5, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong 6411271 2.31
Jeremy Affeldt 2.1000020 2.57
Sergio Romo 0.1000010 0.66
Javier Lopez 0.1000110 3.72
Santiago Casilla (BS,6; W,3-4) 1222021 3.34
Brad Penny 1211001 3.00
IBB - Pastornicky by Javier Lopez
HBP - Uggla (by Sergio Romo)
WP - Sergio Romo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 105-68, Jeremy Affeldt 25-16, Sergio Romo 17-10, Javier Lopez 13-7, Santiago Casilla 17-12, Brad Penny 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 6-5, Jeremy Affeldt 2-4, Sergio Romo 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 24, Jeremy Affeldt 8, Sergio Romo 3, Javier Lopez 2, Santiago Casilla 5, Brad Penny 5
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF6010035 .305
Martin Prado, LF6000013 .311
Jason Heyward, RF4010110 .272
Freddie Freeman, 1B5110003 .275
Brian McCann, C4112101 .240
Dan Uggla, 2B4000043 .218
Juan Francisco, 3B2111002 .220
   a- Chipper Jones, PH-3B3111000 .313
Paul Janish, SS5010012 .182
Mike Minor, P2000021 .034
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .200
   b- Matt Diaz, PH1000010 .229
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Hinske, PH0000000 .206
   d- Tyler Pastornicky, PH0000100 .252
    Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   e- David Ross, PH1010000 .291
Totals43484313  
a-flied out for Francisco in the 7th
b-struck out for Medlen in the 7th
c-announced for Kimbrel in the 9th
d-was walked intentionally for Hinske in the 9th
e-singled for Durbin in the 11th
Batting
2B - Freddie Freeman (21, Casilla)
HR - Brian McCann (14, Casilla), Juan Francisco (7, Vogelsong), Chipper Jones (8, Penny)
RBI - Brian McCann 2 (48), Juan Francisco (19), Chipper Jones (35)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 2 (23)
SB - Jason Heyward 2 (14, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Posey, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Posey)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Martin Prado 1
DP - Janish-Uggla-Freeman
E - Chipper Jones 2 (8, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor 6311271 5.69
Kris Medlen 1100100 2.85
Eric O'Flaherty 1000000 2.94
Craig Kimbrel 1100000 1.25
Anthony Varvaro (L,1-1) 1243310 5.28
Chad Durbin 1241112 3.79
IBB - Arias by Mike Minor, Crawford by Anthony Varvaro, Cabrera by Chad Durbin
HBP - Whiteside (by Anthony Varvaro)
WP - Mike Minor (2), Anthony Varvaro (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 97-57, Kris Medlen 20-13, Eric O'Flaherty 11-7, Craig Kimbrel 9-7, Anthony Varvaro 34-16, Chad Durbin 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 4-6, Kris Medlen 2-1, Eric O'Flaherty 3-0, Craig Kimbrel 2-0, Anthony Varvaro 1-2, Chad Durbin 3-0
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 22, Kris Medlen 5, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Craig Kimbrel 3, Anthony Varvaro 10, Chad Durbin 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29410
Game Time - 4:08
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg