A decisive hit by shortstop Brandon Crawford in the fourteenth inning gave the San Francisco Giants a hard-fought 8×7 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday in a long Major League game that lasted 14 innings.
The inning was opened by Denard Span with a single and after a double play pitcher Justin McGowan (1-3) – finally the loser – gave walks to Brandon Belt and Buster Posey, to leave the scene ready for Crawford’s decisive hit, his seventh of the match.
Since 1975, no player had had seven hits in a game in the Majors.
The Giants had loaded the bases in the 11th on a Belt walk, Crawford’s single, his fifth of the game at the time, and another walk to Joe Panik, but McGowan struck out Hunter Pence and grounded Eduardo Nunez to force home. a runner, and then a spectacular play by Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría killed the threat of the Californian team.
Hechavarría deducted a hit from pinch hitter Trevor Brown and forced the third out at second, in a play that lifted the spectators from their seats.
In the 13th inning, the Giants had also loaded the bases with a triple by Crawford and two intentional walks by Penik and Núñez, but again McGowan struck out the emerging Madison Bumgarner with two outs.
The Giants had tied the game in the eighth by walking Span and Angel Pagán, and after striking out Belt and Posey, Crawford hit an RBI single.
The California ninth had already scored a five-run rally in the seventh, with the go-ahead run coming on a wilpitch by pitcher Brian Ellington.
Trailing 5-1, the Giants had five runs in that lucky inning, on singles by Span, Angel Pagán, an RBI double by Belts and three straight hits by Posey, Crawford and Hunter Pence, in addition to the wildpitch , which made the difference at that time.
The Marlins had taken the lead in the fourth inning when Venezuelan Martín Prado walked, Christian Yelich hit an RBI double and Gianacarlo Stanton had an RBI single to put the 2×0 on the board.
Immediately afterwards, in the fifth, the ninth Californian discounted one for Span’s hit and Posey’s double, but then Cuban starter José Fernández put in his arm and struck out Crawford to finish the inning.
Back-to-back homers by Prado and Yelich in the fifth gave Miami a 5-1 lead in that inning.
The inning was opened by Fernández himself with a single and after being forced at second on a grounder by Dee Gordon, Prado and Yelich knocked the ball out of the park, the first with one on board, all in front of Dominican starter Johnny Cueto, who also left without decision.
In the sixth, the Japanese Irchiro Suzuki, who the day before in Denver against the Rockies reached 3,000 hits, came out of pinch for Fernández and received a long ovation.
In the fourth, the Giants had threatened for a double by Crawford, a walk to Panik and a single by pitcher Cueto with two outs, but outfielder Stanton took out the runner at home plate with an excellent shot.
The starter Fernández, who has an average of 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings, struck out six on this occasion and raised the number of men left with the rifle on his shoulder to 198 this season, a personal brand since his highest production so far they were 187.
The victory went to fellow reliever George Kontos (3-2).
In other results, Blue Jays to Rays 7×5, Twins to Astros 3×1, Braves to Brewers 4×3 in 12 innings, Cardinals to Reds 5×4, Rangers to Rockies 4×3 and Athletics to Orioles 3×2.