Giants beat Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 23, 2014 at 12:42 am •  Published: July 23, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If something didn't happen soon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was trotting a position player out to the pitching rubber.

As it worked out, something happened.

Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.

"It was huge," Bochy said of the hit. "George (Kontos) might have one more inning at that point."

Kontos (3-0) didn't have one more inning. The reliever got just one out before Lincecum, San Francisco's ninth pitcher, got the final two outs for the save.

Had the game still been tied, Bochy was considering outfielder Tyler Colvin.

"I asked him if he had pitched before and he mentioned high school," Bochy said.

Crawford snapped a 2-for-22 skid with his two-out hit off the wall in left-center field and finished with four RBIs. Buster Posey, who doubled and scored in the 14th, sent the game into extras with a solo homer in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his third save.

Kontos (3-0) allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings for to earn the win for the second straight night.

"That's why you keep your arm in good shape," Kontos said. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow -- try to give them an inning or two."

Jeff Manship (1-2) surrendered four runs and lost.

The Giants (56-44) improved to 8-2 in extra-inning games and 6-0 on the road. The Phillies (43-57) fell to 6-7.

"It's tough right now," said Ryan Howard, who had two hits for Philadelphia. "It's just how it goes sometimes. It's just not going our way this year."

Posey had four hits, including two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Hunter Pence had three hits, including a fifth-inning homer. Pence is a lifetime .353 hitter with 14 homers in 34 games against Philadelphia.

Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer in the fifth, giving him five homers and 13 RBIs in his last 10 games.

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