Giants, A’s stay alive

BUSTER POSEY scored the winning run as the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds in extra inning, 2-1, and stayed alive in their NL division series Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila).

Joaquin Arias beat the throw to first base following a fielding error by Reds third baseman Scott Rolen to let Posey complete the winning play.

Hardly able to get a hit the last two games, the Giants turned a passed ball and a misplayed grounder into a win that cut their series deficit to 2-1 and extended Cincinnati’s 17 years of home postseason futility.

The Oakland Athletics also stayed alive in their own series after blanking the Detroit Tigers, 2-0.

”These are the type of games we’ve played all season long,” said Sergio Romo, who pitched the last two innings for the win. ”We are a gritty and grinding team.”

Left-hander Barry Zito will pitch Game 4 on Wednesday for the Giants, who have won the last 11 times he started. The Reds have to decide whether to try ace Johnny Cueto, forced out of the opener in San Francisco on Saturday with spasms in his back and side.

Manager Dusty Baker said after the game that they hadn’t decided whether to let Cueto try it, bring back Mat Latos on short rest again, or replace Cueto with Mike Leake, who wasn’t on the division series roster.

Switching out Cueto would leave the Reds ace ineligible to pitch in the championship series should the Reds get that far.

The Giants managed only three hits against Homer Bailey and the Reds bullpen, but got two of them in the 10th – along with a passed ball by Ryan Hanigan – to pull it out. San Francisco won despite striking out 16 times. Noli Cruz


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