It took a pitcher to ignite the Giants' first serious rally in a long, long time.
Ryan Vogelsong, after a brief chat with third-base coach Tim Flannery, slapped a single through the middle to score the Giants' first run Tuesday and scored later in what amounted to a four-run rally in the third inning in New York.
The Giants' hitters were having serious troubles producing runs, and along comes a pitcher, making his second start since 2004, to the rescue. It was an up-the-middle-fest with Aaron Rowand and Mike Fontenot, the club's hottest hitters coming in, also hitting singles to center.
It was the beginning of a rare offensive outburst. The Giants scored seven runs and won 7-6 on Aubrey Huff's homer to lead off the 10th. The four runs in the third matched the team's entire output in the four-game series in Washington.
Before the game, manager Bruce Bochy met with his hitters to remind them not to try too hard, to try only for base hits. It worked as far as the third inning went. Single after single after single.
But Huff must not have been listening. Then again, nobody was complaining when his home run won it for the Giants.
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