DeRosa drives in winning run for Giants in 12th
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Mark DeRosa(notes) kept glancing at the out-of-town scoreboard as he sat on the bench for seven innings. By the time he came to bat in the 12th, he’d seen the teams ahead of the Giants all win.
“If we wanted to keep any pulse, we had to win this game,” DeRosa said after he hit a game-ending RBI single off second baseman Orlando Hudson’s(notes) glove in the 12th inning, giving San Francisco a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
“It’s a tough situation, we all know that,” DeRosa said. “We still want to keep playing hard and never forget we’re the defending world champions. I sat there and watched the Braves win, Arizona won and the Cardinals won. We still want to finish strong and show our fans how much we appreciate their support.”
Ross kicked off the Giants’ 12th with a leadoff single. He moved to second on a wild pitch and Carlos Beltran(notes) was intentionally walked. Sandoval bounced into a fielder’s choice before DeRosa recorded his fifth career game-ending hit and first in four years.
“A line drive leap and just off the top of the glove,” Padres’ manager Bud Black said. “Probably as close as you can get.”
“We’ve been playing relaxed all year,” Cain said. “We weren’t able to find wins at times but we’re going to keep playing.”
The Giants grabbed the lead in the first. Ross led off with a single, moved to third on Beltran’s double and scored on Sandoval’s base hit.
“Pablo has been more disciplined up there and calmed down,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s worked at it. He knows if he doesn’t expand the zone he’ll be a better hitter.”
“We had other chances along the way and we couldn’t get the big hit,” Black said. “It’s something we’ve talked about all year.”
NOTES: Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez(notes) (ankle) threw off flat ground. … LHP Jeremy Affeldt(notes) is the Giants nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. … RHP Mat Latos(notes) (7-13, 3.72) pitches for the Padres in the series finale Wednesday. Latos is 2-3 with a 2.89 ERA over his last eight starts. He has a career 1.33 ERA at AT&T Park. … INF Orlando Hudson is the Padres nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. … RHP Tim Lincecum(notes) (12-12, 2.68 ERA) starts for the Giants on Wednesday. Lincecum returned to form in a no-decision his last time out, allowing one run and six hits over eight innings. He’s 8-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 17 starts against the Padres. … Giants speedster Darren Ford(notes) was picked off at 1B by Chad Qualls(notes) in the 8th. … The Giants are 13-8 in extra-inning games, 21-17 in their last at bat and 32-21 in one-run games.