Joaquin Arias and Hector Sanchez had clutch base hits in the ninth inning as the San Francisco Giants managed to come from behind to squeak out a victory against the Houston Astros by the score of 3-2 at Minute Maid Park.
After a few innings of stalemate, Angel Pagan broke through with his eighth home run on the season in the top of the fifth to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Matt Cain was cruising until Fernando Martinez blasted a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. A wild pitch in the eighth inning would plate Jimmy Paredes to give the Astros the lead heading into the ninth, but the Giants weren't done yet.
Brandon Belt started the rally with a single, followed by a double by Joaquin Arias to tie the game at two apiece. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez would plate Arias with an RBI single of his own, taking the lead and eventually sealing the Astros fate.
Santiago Casilla would earn himself the win, while Sergio Romo got his seventh save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth. Matt Cain remains winless at Minute Maid Park.
The Giants will send out Barry Zito to face Dallas Keuchel on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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