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CHICAGO -- Bruce Bochy wasn't tempted to take out Ryan Vogelsong when he faltered early, and the pitcher rewarded his manager's confidence with a fine finish.
Vogelsong gave up five early runs before retiring his final 10 batters and helped his cause by walking with the bases loaded as the San Francisco Giants rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
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"He was out of sync, even said he was having a hard time getting the ball where he wanted," Bochy said. "But he got in a good groove there after that one inning and started getting pitches where he wanted and he got in a good rhythm there."
Vogelsong (1-1) yielded eight hits and five runs in the first three innings before going on a solid run in a foggy and damp, 40-degree day to help the World Series champion Giants win their fourth straight.
"I still don't feel all that great after that," Vogelsong said. "I just was trying to throw the ball and hopefully things were going to change, and they did. We started hitting the ball and some people made some really good plays."
Trailing 5-0 after three innings, the Giants got some help in staging their comeback: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro's a two-out fielding error spurred a four-run fourth.
With runners on first and third in the fourth, Castro botched Vogelsong's grounder, allowing the first run to score. Scott Feldman (0-2) then gave up an RBI single to Angel Pagan and hit Brandon Crawford with a pitch ahead of Sandoval's double that pulled the Giants to 5-4.
"I think that one is basically not understanding that the pitcher hit the ball and you had plenty of time," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said about Castro's error. "You didn't have to overcharge the ball and overcook that whole play."
Added Castro: "It's really frustrating. I feel bad myself because that's a routine play and that's not supposed to happen. I tried to be too fast but I can learn; that play can't happen again."
Feldman allowed a single to Brandon Belt and walked Gregor Blanco after getting one out in the fifth. Hisanori Takahashi relieved and Nick Noonan singled to load the bases. Vogelsong then walked to force in a run and Pagan put the Giants ahead with a flyball to left field. Brandon Crawford then singled in a run to make it 7-5.
Feldman lasted just 4 1-3 innings and gave up six runs - two earned - on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three.
"We came back yesterday against the Rockies," Crawford said. "We have a lot of good guys in our lineup, so we've battled back before. We did it last year in the playoffs and we have a lot of similar players back this year, so we know how to battle back, for sure."
Jeremy Affeldt relieved Vogelsong after the sixth but he faltered in the eighth and was lifted after Alfonso Soriano doubled and Nate Schierholtz reached on a broken bat infield single. Santiago Casilla came on and got Welington Castillo to hit into a double play that scored Soriano to make it 7-6.
"I feel pretty good right now," Romo said. "It's a long season and I still have a lot of work to do. I'm real happy with the way I've started, but I just try to do the best I can for my teammates."
|Sergio Romo gets out of a tight jam in the ninth to preserve the Giants' victory over the Cubs. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.350|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||2||0||1||1||2||0||0||.273|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||1||2||1||0||2||.333|
|Joaquin Arias, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Buster Posey, C||4||0||0||0||1||1||6||.242|
|Hunter Pence, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.250|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||2||1||.156|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||4||1||1||0||1||2||1||.222|
|Nick Noonan, 2B||5||2||3||0||0||2||0||.455|
|Ryan Vogelsong, P||1||1||0||1||1||0||0||.000|
|a- Hector Sanchez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Vogelsong in the 7th|
|2B - Pablo Sandoval (1, Feldman)|
|SF - Angel Pagan (1)|
|SH - Ryan Vogelsong (1)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (6), Brandon Crawford (5), Pablo Sandoval 2 (8), Ryan Vogelsong (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (1), Brandon Crawford (1), Pablo Sandoval 2 (6)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Noonan-Crawford-Belt|
|E - Brandon Crawford (1, Throwing), Nick Noonan (1, Throwing)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Ryan Vogelsong (W,1-1)||6||8||5||4||1||5||1||7.15|
|Jeremy Affeldt (H,3)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||2.25|
|Santiago Casilla (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.25|
|Sergio Romo (S,6)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|WP - Ryan Vogelsong (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 107-64, Jeremy Affeldt 17-9, Santiago Casilla 15-9, Sergio Romo 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 3-10, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Sergio Romo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 27, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Santiago Casilla 3, Sergio Romo 4|
|David DeJesus, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.194|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.275|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||5||1||1||2||0||3||2||.188|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.370|
|Welington Castillo, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B-2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.200|
|Brent Lillibridge, 2B||3||0||1||2||0||0||0||.050|
|a- Steve Clevenger, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Scott Feldman, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Hisanori Takahashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Dave Sappelt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Bowden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Dioner Navarro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.083|
|a-struck out for Lillibridge in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Takahashi in the 6th|
|c-grounded out for Russell in the 9th|
|2B - David DeJesus (4, Romo), Starlin Castro (2, Vogelsong), Alfonso Soriano (1, Affeldt), Luis Valbuena (1, Casilla)|
|HR - Anthony Rizzo (3, Vogelsong)|
|RBI - Anthony Rizzo 2 (9), Brent Lillibridge 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brent Lillibridge 2 (2)|
|SB - Nate Schierholtz (2, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Posey)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Lillibridge-Castro-Rizzo|
|E - Starlin Castro (3, Misplayed grounder), Scott Feldman (2, Missed catch of throw)|
|Scott Feldman (L,0-2)||4.1||7||6||2||3||3||0||6.00|
|HBP - Crawford (by Scott Feldman)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 92-56, Hisanori Takahashi 40-25, Michael Bowden 25-16, Shawn Camp 3-3, James Russell 19-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 8-3, Hisanori Takahashi 1-2, Michael Bowden 1-2, Shawn Camp 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 25, Hisanori Takahashi 9, Michael Bowden 5, Shawn Camp 2, James Russell 3|
|Attendance - 25460|
|Game Time - 3:50|
|Temperature - 40|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|