Game over: Giants 3, Red Sox 2: Brayan Villarreal was called up from Triple A Pawtucket on Monday to join the Red Sox. Few noticed because the Sox also promoted Xander Bogaerts that day.
Villarreal was given his first chance in the ninth inning, coming in with the bases loaded and two outs of a tie game. Four wayward pitches later, the game was over as he walked Marco Scutaro to force in the winning run.
With Tampa Bay beating Baltimore, 7-4, the Sox have fallen into second place for the first time since July 30. They are percentage points behind the Rays.
The Sox have lost five of their last seven games and eight of the last 11. They have not won consecutive games since Aug. 6-7 at Houston.
Franklin Morales (2-1) started the ninth inning. Roger Kieschnick singled with one out and took second when pinch hitter Andres Torres walked with two down.
The Giants used Hector Sanchez, a switch hitter to pinch hit for lefthanded hitting Gregor Blanco. Morales got ahead of him 0-and-2 before hitting him in the arm with a 2-and-2 fastball. In came Villarreal and there went the game.
The Red Sox did not score in the final six innings, getting two hits. Sergio Romo (4-6) went an inning for the win.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Giants 2: The Sox had their fifth consecutive scoreless inning.
Junichi Tazawa started the bottom of the eighth. Scutaro singled with one out and went to third on a single to feep left by Belt. Posey was next and he hit a fly ball to foul territory in right field. Victorino caught it facing the wall and was in a poor position to throw and Scutaro scored to tie it.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Giants 1: Ross led off with a double but was stranded. Breslow then retired the side in order. Vogelsong was pinch hit for after a solid seven innings.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Giants 1: The last 10 Sox have gone in order. Meanwhile, Peavy allowed a leadoff double to right by Posey. He got two outs before Craig Breslow came in and got Crawford on a grounder to second with one pitch.
Peavy didn’t look too thrilled to be coming out.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Giants 1: The last seven Sox have gone in order. Meanwhile, the Giants finally scored in this series.
Kieschnick singled and scored on a triple by Arias. With the infield in, Vogelsong was robbed of a single by Pedroia. Blanco then grounded to Pedroia before Scutaro hit a slow roller to short that Bogaerts made a strong throw on to end the inning.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Giants 0: The Sox went in order in their half of the fourth.
Belt started the bottom of the fourth inning with a triple to the gap in right. Peavy stranded him there. Posey grounded to third before Peavy struck out Pence and Crawford swinging.
Thirteen innings and no runs for the Giants in this series.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Giants 0: Victorino led off with a home run to left field.
The Red Sox intended to give Victorino Saturday off and didn’t because Mike Napoli was hurt. Since then he is 8 for 15 with two doubles and a homer.
Victorino was batting righthanded against Vogelsong, something he has been doing because of a sore left hamstring. Victorino’s only other homer hitting righthanded against a righthander was Sept. 24, 2010 off R.A. Dickey.
Switch hitters often hit righthanded against a knuckleball.
Pedroia walked and went to third on a two-out double by Nava. But Bogaerts grounded to shortstop He is 0 for 2 and has left five runners on base.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Giants 0: Peavy had an easy first inning. Then Vogelsong retired the Sox in order.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Giants 0: Carp’s sacrifice fly drove in Ellsbury, who had singled and advanced to third after Victorino was hit by a pitch and Pedroia singled.
Middlebrooks singled to reload the bases but Nava popped to left and Bogaerts grounded to second (off the pitcher’s glove) in his first at-bat.
Pre-game: Good evening from AT&T Park and the second game of this series. It’ll be Jake Peavy against Ryan Vogelsong.
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One note: The Giants changed their lineup and now have Joaquin Arias playing third base instead of Pablo Sandoval.