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Game Goes Down To The Wire, But Schierholtz Pulls Through

The Giants are that much closer to the playoffs with a win over the rival Diamondbacks on Monday afternoon. The Padres have yet to play at the time of writing, but you can bet what the players and fans will be doing on Monday night: watching the Padres game. The Giants pulled within a half-game of the division-leading Padres.

Madison Bumgarner continues to be impressive on the road, with a 5-2 record and 2.25 ERA in eight starts. He pitched seven shutout innings before being pulled in the eighth after a bad hit. He allowed five hits, fanning seven, and allowed one walk. Brian Wilson tied his career high save number with his 41st on the season. Santiago Casilla earned the win tonight.

Nate Schierholtz is the hero tonight, after a bad pickoff while pinch running earlier in the game. He hit a two-run triple in the 11th inning to put the Giants on top, and they stayed there. Aubrey Huff and Edgar Renteria each finished with a pair of hits for the Giants.

Some other notes from our Sports Network:

Wilson pitched around a leadoff walk in the home half to lock down the victory.

Neither team put a runner on third until the Diamondbacks threatened in the eighth.

Kennedy drove a Bumgarner pitch over the drawn-in outfield for a leadoff double and moved to third on Stephen Drew's deep fly ball. Sergio Romo relieved Bumgarner and walked pinch-hitter Ryan Church on four pitches, leading the Giants to put in Javier Lopez.