SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants always seem to play close games and this was no exception. It just took more than nine innings.
Pinch hitter Hector Sanchez sent home a sellout crowd of 41,796 happy on an RBI single with the bases loaded as the Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in 11 innings on Sunday.
Buster Posey singled to lead off the 11th inning, and pinch runner Emmanuel Burriss advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Angel Pagan. Brandon Belt was intentionally walked and then Ryan Theriot was walked unintentionally to load the bases before Sanchez's RBI single.
Aramis Ramirez drove in two runs for the Brewers with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
In the ninth, the Brewers scored the tying run. Corey Hart reached on a fielding error by third baseman Conor Gillaspie. With two outs and two strikes, former Giant Travis Ishikawa doubled to left-center off closer Santiago Casilla to score Hart.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth inning to force extra innings.
Giants starter Matt Cain pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out 10, but for the third time in six outings, he got no decision.
Brewers starter Shawn Marcum went six innings, giving up five hits and three runs. Marcum has not won since his first outing on April 9 at Chicago.
Milwaukee took advantage of a leadoff walk to Nyger Morgan in the first inning. After Morgan stole second, Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun failed to bring Morgan home. With two outs, Ramirez came through with a bloop single to right field.
But the Giants responded in similar fashion. Gregor Blanco walked, and he scored on a double off the wall in right field by Gillaspie. Gillaspie would advance to third on a single by Melky Cabrera, and he scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Pagan to go ahead 2-1.
Pagan extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a double to leadoff the 4th inning. Pagan scored on a single by Theriot.
In the sixth, the Brewers got a one-out double to right center by Rickie Weeks. After an infield single from Braun, Weeks scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramirez.
Cain pitched out of a jam in his final inning of work. Jonathan Lucroy singled and advanced to second on a bunt single by Cesar Izturis. But Cain would strike out pinch hitter George Kottaras and Morgan to end the frame.
Notes: Thirteen of the Giants 28 games have been decided by one run. ... Pagan's 20-game hit streak is the longest active streak in the Majors. He and teammate Pablo Sandoval are the first Giants teammates in the San Francisco era to have hit safely in at least 20 games. ... RF Nate Schierholtz ended an 0-for-9 at the plate with a pinch hit single in the 7th inning. ... May 6 is the birthday of Willie Mays as the Giants hall of famer celebrated his 81st birthday. In the middle of the 2nd inning, fans sang Happy Birthday to the 'Say Hey' kid who was a guest in the Giants radio booth. ... The Brewers placed OF Carlos Gomez (strained left hamstring) and SS Alex Gonzalez (right knee) on the 15-day disabled list. Gonzalez will undergo an MRI in Milwaukee on Monday. 1B Mat Gamel who has a torn ACL in his right knee was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. They called up INF Taylor Green and INF Edwin Maysonet from Triple-A Nashville.