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Quiroz's pinch-hit HR gives Giants walk-off win in 10th

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It took Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey nearly four years to get his first career game-ending home run. Guillermo Quiroz did it in his first season with the defending World Series champs.

Of course, it helped facing a pitcher Quiroz was very familiar with.

One day after Posey's milestone hit in the series opener against the Dodgers, Quiroz matched him with a home run off Dodgers closer and former teammate Brandon League with one out in the 10th inning, lifting San Francisco to a 10-9 win over Los Angeles on Saturday night.

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"He hung a split-finger fastball," said Quiroz, who played with League in Toronto and Seattle. "I know him pretty well. ... So I kind of knew what kind of pitch he was trying to get me out with."

The Giants blew a 5-0 lead and wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the ninth before Quiroz hit an 0-2 pitch from League (0-1) into the left field stands. Quiroz pumped his fist as soon as he left the batter's box and scurried around the bases with his first career game-ending hit.

He is 4 for 6 this season as a pinch hitter after making the club as a bit of a long shot in spring training.

"I wasn't expecting a home run off a tough closer like that," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "For [Quiroz] to do that is impressive. Good for him. That's the ending of a wild game. They did a good job of coming back but so did we."

Santiago Casilla (3-2) pitched two innings for the victory.

The two teams used 12 pitchers and combined for 19 runs, 30 hits and stranded 24 runners in a game that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes.

San Francisco needed every bit of it to record its 11th comeback victory of the season - tops in the majors.

A.J. Ellis homered and was one of six Dodgers with two hits as Los Angeles lost for the fifth time in seven games.

"Tonight, in a sense, is encouraging," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It was as good as you can feel about a loss as you can."

Both teams had a chance to win it in the ninth.

Los Angeles got a one-out single from Dee Gordon but failed to advance him past second, while the Giants loaded the bases before Posey hit into an inning-ending double play.

The Dodgers haven't had a good time at all in the first two games of this series.

One day after left-hander Ted Lilly went on the disabled list, Los Angeles lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez to a hamstring injury less than a week after his return from an offseason thumb injury. Then first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was a late scratch with neck pain.

San Francisco, on the other hand, won its fifth straight.

Gordon put the Dodgers up 9-8 in the seventh when he drew a leadoff walk against Javy Lopez and was sacrificed to second. Gordon stole third and scored on a headfirst slide into home to beat the throw from San Francisco second baseman Marco Scutaro following Carl Crawford's infield grounder.

Pablo Sandoval's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh tied it at 9-all.

The Giants batted around in the first inning and led 5-0 after two to chase Dodgers starter Matt Magill. Posey had a two-run double to help the defending World Series champs take their early lead.

Ellis homered off San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong with one out in the fourth before Los Angeles sent 12 men to the plate and took the lead in the fifth.

Matt Kemp had a two-run double while Gordon tripled in two runs when his hit bounced past sliding right fielder Hunter Pence. Gordon later scored on Nick Punto's single.

After Andres Torres ended an 0-for-14 slump with a solo home run off reliever Javy Guerra in the fifth to pull the Giants within 8-7 and Posey scored the tying run on a wild pitch by Paco Rodriguez in the sixth.

The two teams traded runs in the seventh, setting the stage for the finish.

Notes

  • Giants CF Angel Pagan left the game after the fifth inning with a right hamstring strain.
  • San Francisco's starting pitchers haven't recorded a win since April 21, the team's longest drought since a 14-game stretch in 2010.
  • Magill threw 43 pitches in the first inning.
  • Injured Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a 60-pitch bullpen session in his latest step back from a broken left clavicle. "He felt like he had a lot more left, so that was good," Mattingly said.
  • LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1), who starts the series finale for Los Angeles, is coming off a 12-strikeout performance against Colorado. He'll oppose San Francisco RHP Matt Cain (0-2), who is seeking his first win of the season.
 
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The last position player on the bench, Guillermo Quiroz hits a pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning to win it for the Giants. (Getty Images)
The last position player on the bench, Guillermo Quiroz hits a pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning to win it for the Giants. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

D. Gordon
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF6121002 .316
Jerry Hairston Jr., 1B3120012 .260
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
    Luis Cruz, 1B2000001 .095
Matt Kemp, CF6112014 .261
Andre Ethier, RF4010221 .250
A.J. Ellis, C5221102 .271
Skip Schumaker, 2B5121012 .149
Juan Uribe, 3B-1B4121013 .231
    Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   a- Justin Sellers, PH1000010 .191
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Dee Gordon, SS4222101 .500
Matt Magill, P0000000 .000
    J.P. Howell, P1000010 .000
   b- Nick Punto, PH-3B2011111 .391
Totals43915959  
a-struck out for Belisario in the 9th
b-walked for Howell in the 5th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, Vogelsong), Nick Punto (2, Machi)
3B - Dee Gordon (1, Machi)
HR - A.J. Ellis (2, Vogelsong)
SH - Nick Punto (2)
RBI - Carl Crawford (7), Matt Kemp 2 (13), A.J. Ellis (9), Skip Schumaker (2), Juan Uribe (5), Dee Gordon 2 (2), Nick Punto (4)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (1), Juan Uribe (1), Dee Gordon 2 (2), Nick Punto (3)
SB - Carl Crawford (5, 2nd base off Machi/Posey), Dee Gordon 2 (2, 3rd base off Lopez/Posey, 2nd base off Casilla/Posey)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-L. Cruz
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Magill 1.1655420 7.88
J.P. Howell 2.2311010 4.15
Javy Guerra 1222211 9.00
Paco Rodriguez (BS,1) 1000020 3.60
Ronald Belisario (BS,1) 2211010 3.52
Brandon League (L,0-1) 1.1211211 4.38
HBP - Arias (by Javy Guerra)
WP - Matt Magill (1), J.P. Howell (1), Paco Rodriguez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Magill 63-38, J.P. Howell 38-23, Javy Guerra 34-18, Paco Rodriguez 15-12, Ronald Belisario 25-19, Brandon League 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Magill 1-1, J.P. Howell 5-2, Paco Rodriguez 1-0, Ronald Belisario 3-2, Brandon League 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Magill 14, J.P. Howell 11, Javy Guerra 8, Paco Rodriguez 3, Ronald Belisario 8, Brandon League 7
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4110001 .275
    Francisco Peguero, LF2110001 .500
Marco Scutaro, 2B3220301 .252
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4331101 .331
Buster Posey, C4122201 .290
Hunter Pence, RF6020024 .273
Gregor Blanco, LF2013000 .288
    Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
   a- Joaquin Arias, PH0000000 .179
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Noonan, PH1000000 .290
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   c- Guillermo Quiroz, PH1111000 .444
Brandon Crawford, SS5000027 .257
Brandon Belt, 1B4000133 .221
Ryan Vogelsong, P2010013 .091
    Andres Torres, LF-CF2111102 .236
Totals401015888  
a-hit by pitch for Machi in the 6th
b-grounded out for Affeldt in the 8th
c-homered for Casilla in the 10th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (6, Magill), Francisco Peguero (1, Belisario), Buster Posey (8, Magill)
HR - Guillermo Quiroz (1, League), Andres Torres (1, Guerra)
SF - Pablo Sandoval (2), Gregor Blanco (1)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (24), Buster Posey 2 (19), Gregor Blanco 3 (8), Guillermo Quiroz (2), Andres Torres (3)
SB - Francisco Peguero (1, 2nd base off League/Ellis)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Scutaro-Belt, Belt-Crawford-Scutaro
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong 4.2977241 7.20
Jean Machi 1.1511020 0.93
Javier Lopez 0.1011100 4.26
George Kontos 0.2000000 3.71
Jeremy Affeldt 1000100 4.26
Santiago Casilla (W,3-2) 2100130 2.20
HBP - Hairston (by Ryan Vogelsong)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 89-54, Jean Machi 23-17, Javier Lopez 9-5, George Kontos 3-2, Jeremy Affeldt 10-5, Santiago Casilla 36-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 4-5, Jean Machi 1-1, Javier Lopez 2-0, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Santiago Casilla 2-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 25, Jean Machi 9, Javier Lopez 3, George Kontos 2, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Santiago Casilla 8
Game Information
Attendance - 41171
Game Time - 4:11
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Joe West