The San Francisco Giants avoided elimination on Tuesday with their 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The Reds now lead the best-of-five game series 2-1.
After recording just one hit through the first nine innings, San Francisco led off the 10th inning with back-to-back hits off of Jonathan Broxton. It appeared, however, Broxton would be able to get out of the inning as he struck out the next two batters. A passed ball then moved runners to second and third. With two outs, Joaquin Arias grounded a ball to third, but Reds third baseman Scott Rolen bobbled the ball and Arias beat the throw, allowing Buster Posey to score.
Sergio Romo worked his second inning of relief to close out the game and give the Giants their first win of the series. Romo pitched a perfect two innings, needing just 15 pitches to record six outs.
Ryan Vogelsong started the game for the Giants and got off to a rocky start, but rebounded to limit the Reds to just one run over five innings. Vogelsong gave up three hits and a run in the first inning, but shut down the Reds during his final four innings. The Giants bullpen was also strong with four relievers combining for five scoreless innings.
Reds starter Homer Bailey was dominant over seven innings, but did not factor into the decision. Bailey didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning and finished with 10 strikeouts over seven innings. The Reds' bullpen was perfect through its first two innings of work before Broxton ran into trouble in the 10th inning.
The Giants will look to stave off elimination once again in Game 4 on Wednesday.