The San Francisco Giants walked their way to a 3-2 win Tuesday night over the Boston Red Sox on a Marco Scutaro bases loaded walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth.
Ryan Vogelsong ran into immediate trouble in the top of the first as the first three Red Sox batters reached base. With the bases loaded, first baseman Mike Carp gave the Red Sox a quick 1-0 lead with an RBI sacrifice fly. Vogelsong limited the damage the rest of the inning and allowed just the one run.
Red Sox starter Jake Peavy recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the first. Right fielder Shane Victorino led off the top of the third with a solo homer to extend the Red Sox lead to 2-0.
Brandon Belt smoked a triple on the first pitch leading off the bottom of the fourth, but the Giants stranded him at third as Peavy retired the next three batters. Roger Kieschnick singled leading off the bottom of the fifth and scored on a triple by Joaquin Arias to cut the lead to 2-1. For the second straight inning, the Giants failed to score a runner from third base with no outs as Peavy got three straight ground outs.
Vogelsong kept the Giants in the game after the third inning, retiring 10 straight batters at one point. The Giants threatened again in the bottom of the eighth with consecutive singles by Scutaro and Belt. With runners on first and third, Buster Posey tied the game at 2 with an RBI sacrifice fly.
A Kieschnick single, walk by Andres Torres and Hector Sanchez getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Four straight balls to Scutaro gave the Giants a walk-off walk 3-2 win and snapped their two-game losing streak. It was the Giants ninth walk-off win of the season and first since June 22.
Vogelsong earned a no-decision going seven innings, allowing six hits, two runs, one walk, five strikeouts and threw 103 pitches. Sergio Romo was the winning pitcher on the night, improving his record to 4-6.
The Giants collected eight hits on the night, led by three from Belt and Kieschnick. For the second time in five games, Belt was one hit shy of hitting for the cycle. Kieschnick recorded his first three-hit game of his career.
The Giants were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base, yet they still won the game.
The 56-69 Giants look to win the series Wednesday afternoon when a pair of lefties take the hill. Barry Zito (4-8) battles Felix Doubront (8-6) at 12:45 pm.
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