National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Freddy Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning to lift the San Francisco Giants over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5, in the rubber match of a three-game series at PNC Park.
Sanchez, who played with Pittsburgh from 2004-09, also scored twice for the Giants, who have won three of four. Juan Uribe knocked in two runs and scored a run. Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff, and Pablo Sandoval each had an RBI for the victors.
Brian Wilson (2-0) got the win despite giving up two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Santiago Casilla got the final two outs of the game to record his first save of the season.
"That would've been a tough one if we don't come away with the win," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Garrett Jones and Delwyn Young each hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, who had won three of four coming into Sunday's game. Lastings Milledge drove in the other run in defeat.
Octavio Dotel (2-1) took over on the mound for Pittsburgh in the top of the 10th. Andres Torres led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sanchez then lofted a fly ball to center to plate Torres.
"I was proud of the way the guys battled," Pirates manager John Russell said. "We had a chance to win it in the last inning. We're still searching for that huge hit."
In the home half, Wilson gave up a single to Ryan Doumit and walked Jones with one out. Casilla was then called in from the bullpen. He got Milledge to ground out and Jeff Clement to go down swinging to end the game.
With the score tied 3-3, San Francisco plated two runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead. Javier Lopez started the inning on the hill for the Pirates. Sandoval hit a grounder to first baseman Clement, who tossed to Lopez at first. Lopez couldn't handle the throw and Sandoval was safe. Sandoval went to second on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on Uribe's one-out double to left. Bengie Molina intentionally walked and Nate Schierholtz walked to load the bases for pinch-hitter Burrell, who hit a sacrifice fly off of Evan Meek.
Pittsburgh, though, tied the contest in the home half on Young's two-run homer. Wilson gave up a two-out single to Ronny Cedeno. Pinch-hitter Young stepped to the plate and blasted a 3-2 slider over the wall in right to send things into extras.
The Giants drew first blood with a run in the first. Sanchez and Sandoval hit consecutive singles with one out. Huff followed with an RBI base hit to right.
San Francisco added another run in the third on Sandoval's sacrifice fly. Torres scored on the play after a base hit and stealing both second and third.
The Pirates, though, tied the game in the fourth on Jones' two-run homer. Neil Walker led off with a walk and came around to score two batters later on Jones' blast over the wall in right-center field.
Uribe's sacrifice fly in the fifth put the Giants back in front, 3-2.
Pittsburgh plated a run in the sixth to deadlock the tilt and continue the back-and-forth battle. Walker walked and Doumit singled down the right-field line to put runners on the corners. Two batters later, Milledge hit an RBI base hit. The Pirates went on to strand runners on second and third.
The Giants stranded the bases loaded in the eighth.