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Posted on: Saturday, April 10, 2010

Giants 4-0 after extra-inning win


Associated Press

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

San Francisco's Aaron Rowand, front, is mobbed after his winning hit against Atlanta in a 5-4 victory.

ERIC RISBERG | Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Giants needed every available player on their roster to stay unbeaten in what turned into a marathon home opener.

Barry Zito, set to make his next start Monday against Pittsburgh, was manager Bruce Bochy's next option to pitch.

Aaron Rowand drove in the winning run with two outs in the 13th inning with an infield single, salvaging the Giants' season debut in their waterfront ballpark and keeping alive their unbeaten start with a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves yesterday.

"We're just trying to keep it rolling 4-0 is not too bad," Rowand said. "It definitely gives you some momentum, some confidence."

It was the fifth game-ending hit of Rowand's career and scored Juan Uribe, who drew a one-out walk from Kris Medlen (0-1) before stealing second. Uribe went to third on catcher Brian McCann's throwing error, and Rowand brought him home.

Edgar Renteria hit a tying two-run homer off Braves closer Billy Wagner with one out in the ninth. Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was ejected in the top of the 13th for arguing balls and strikes, the 154th ejection of his career.

PHILLIES 8, ASTROS 0

Placido Polanco had four hits and two RBIs, and Raul Ibanez drove in three runs for visiting Philadelphia. J.A. Happ (1-0), David Herndon, Danys Baez and Jose Contreras combined on the eight-hitter.

CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 4

Pinch-hitter Nick Stavinoha's two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the ninth inning sent visiting St. Louis over Milwaukee.

DIAMONDBACKS 9, PIRATES 1

Chris Young hit a grand slam for his second homer in two games and matched a career high with five RBIs for host Arizona.

METS 8, NATIONALS 2

Rod Barajas and Jeff Francoeur became the first Mets hitters to homer twice out of Citi Field in the same game, powering New York past Washington.

REDS 5, CUBS 4

Drew Stubbs hit his first career grand slam off Esmailin Caridad in the eighth inning, rallying host Cincinnati over Chicago.

ROCKIES 7, PADRES 0

Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, and Clint Barmes hit a late three-run homer to lead host Colorado over San Diego.

DODGERS 7, MARLINS 3

Hiroki Kuroda limited Florida to five hits and an unearned run in eight innings, and Los Angeles spoiled the Marlins' home opener.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RAYS 9, YANKEES 3

Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar hit two-run homers to back the pitching of David Price and lead host Tampa Bay over New York. Price allowed three runs and seven hits in a career-best 7 2/3 innings.

TIGERS 5, INDIANS 2

Jhonny Peralta bobbled Magglio Ordonez's grounder, and the third baseman's throwing error cleared the bases in a four-run fifth inning that lifted host Detroit over Cleveland.

ROYALS 4, RED SOX 3

Rick Ankiel homered and hit a broken-bat, two-run single off Daniel Bard in the eighth inning, lifting host Kansas City over Boston.

RANGERS 6, MARINERS 2

Nelson Cruz homered for the third time in four games, Colby Lewis won his season debut and host Texas beat Seattle.

ATHLETICS 10, ANGELS 4

Daric Barton and Rajai Davis each had three hits and two RBIs, and Cliff Pennington added a three-run homer for visiting Oakland.

BLUE JAYS 7, ORIOLES 6

Travis Snider hit a game-tying RBI double and Jose Bautista hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth as visiting Toronto beat Baltimore.

TWINS 4, WHITE SOX 3

J.J. Hardy drove in Joe Mauer with a single in the 11th inning, and visiting Minnesota won its fourth straight win.

NOTES

Mariners: Seattle pitcher Cliff Lee is expected to miss the first month of the season because of his strained abdominal muscle.

Orioles: Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts left last night's game against Toronto with a strained abdominal muscle.