SAN FRANCISCO -- Hector Sanchez blooped a single to left field to score Gregor Blanco with one out in the 11th inning Saturday afternoon as the San Francisco Giants snapped the Miami Marlins' nine-game winning streak at AT&T Park with a 2-1 victory that saw the ejection of Miami manager Mike Redmond six innings earlier.
After suffering two narrow defeats to the Marlins to begin the four-game series, the Giants finally got the upper hand after Blanco led off the 11th with a single off the fourth Marlins pitcher, Mike Dunn (2-2).
After a pitching change, Marco Scutaro sacrificed Blanco into scoring position, and he took third on Buster Posey's infield hit off Ryan Webb.
Hunter Pence was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a potential inning-ending double play, but Sanchez foiled that strategy by flaring a hit in front of Marlins left fielder Justin Ruggiano for the game-winner.
Sandy Rosario (2-0), the fifth Giants pitcher, got the win. He and three fellow relievers held the Marlins scoreless over the final four innings.
When the game went to the bullpens late, it appeared the Marlins would have the advantage. Their relievers had held the Giants scoreless on four hits over 5 1/3 innings in the first two games of the series, whereas their San Francisco counterparts had given up five runs on eight hits Thursday and Friday.
That dynamic changed temporarily when Giants manager Bruce Bochy opted to bring in his closer, Sergio Romo, in the eighth inning this time around. He retired five of the six batters he faced, striking out three.
Rosario was nearly as effective, allowing only Marcell Ozuna's double and an intentional walk in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out three.
The game-winning uprising came immediately after Pence had denied the Marlins a potential go-ahead run in the top of the 11th when he charged in to shoestring a sinking liner by Placido Polanco with two on and two out. Polanco was bidding for a fourth hit in the game.
For the second consecutive day, the teams went into the late innings tied, this time at 1. One difference Saturday: The Marlins' Redmond wasn't around to see the exciting finish.
Miami wasted little time getting its first run. Ed Lucas, the second batter of the game, turned on Barry Zito's curveball and belted a solo home run into the left-field bleachers.
The homer was a career first for Lucas, a 31-year-old Dartmouth product who made his major-league debut earlier this season after spending nine-plus seasons in the minors.
The Giants' run was far more complicated and cost Redmond his front-row seat.
After pitcher Jacob Turner had cut down Juan Perez at the plate on a safety squeeze by Zito, Gregor Blanco blasted a 400-foot bomb to right-center field.
The ball bounced hard on the warning track and nearly scaled the 20-foot brick wall. A sure triple was limited to a double when a fan reached over the wall and snatched the high hop, resulting in fan interference.
As is their discretion by rule, the umpires ruled Zito, who began the play at first base, would have scored if not for the interference, allowing the Giants to tie the score at 1-1.
Redmond argued the ruling with first-base umpire Mark Wegner and didn't leave the field until he had been thrown out. It was his first ejection of the season.
The battle of the bullpens began after both starters were pulled with similar stat lines.
Turner, making just his fifth career start, limited the Giants to one run on six hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked one in recording his fourth consecutive no-decision since winning his major-league debut.
Zito, pitching just three days after the death of his father, Joe, also gave up one run on six hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked two.
NOTES: The last Giants home win over the Marlins had been July 28, 2010. ... The Giants have not lost three consecutive games this season. ... Marlins 2B Lucas had 66 home runs in his minor-league career. ... Posey struck out in the ninth inning, ending a string of 41 plate appearances without a whiff. . ... Giants CF Angel Pagan disclosed before the game a new MRI taken on his left hamstring shows a small tear, one that might require surgery. He said he will get a second opinion -- probably early next week -- before deciding upon a course of action. ... Giants SS Brandon Crawford started for the first time since spraining his right middle and index fingers sliding headfirst into second base Tuesday night. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. ... Giants OF Andres Torres was held out of the game after having to leave Friday's contest with a bruised right knee suffered while sliding into third base.