SAN FRANCISCO -- Marco Scutaro was not considered a major addition when he was acquired from the Rockies by Giants general manager Brian Sabean just before the July 31 trading deadline.
However, Scutaro has been a significant asset for the Giants, and he came up big again on Monday. He had three hits and was the hero with a two-out single to left, scoring Brandon Crawford with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-8.
The Giants blew a 4-0 lead, but scored a run in the ninth to tie it and managed to complete the comeback with Scutaro's hit in the 10th.
"It's probably one of the best. if not the best, wins of the year," Giants catcher Buster Posey said. "Especially just bouncing out to an early lead, the D'Backs coming back and taking the lead. I felt we were a little flat there in the middle of the game. To pick it up, and Crawford legged out an infield single to lead off the 10th inning."
Brett Pill's sacrifice bunt moved Crawford to second base. Angel Pagan grounded out to first, moving Crawford to third base. And Scutaro
singled through a drawn-in infield against reliever Bryan Shaw to produce the game-winning hit.
"It's always exciting to get a walk-off," Scutaro said. "The important thing, it was a great team effort. We never give up, we just kept fighting. We didn't put our head down and we played hard all the way to the end."
Since he arrived in San Francisco, Scutaro is batting .322 with nine doubles and 22 RBIs.
"I've always admired Marco's play," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I've always respected how he's played the game. He's so professional how he goes about his business. He's great defensively and gives you quality at-bats. He's one of those guys that comes to play every day. He knows how to play the game and I think he's made players around him better."
With the Giants trailing 8-7 in the last of the ninth against Arizona closer JJ Putz, Scutaro doubled high off the left-field wall. He advanced to third, then scored on a double down the third base line by Posey to tie the game.
"I couldn't make a pitch when I needed it. I made a (lousy) pitch to Scutaro," Putz said.
Arizona has lost three straight games, all by one run.
"They jumped on us early and we responded great, came back and then we blew it," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "Very unlucky, but you give them credit for putting the bat on the ball and keep coming
at us at the same time. It just wasn't our day."
The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead.
Paul Goldschmidt doubled to left-center, bringing in the first run of that inning. Chris Johnson added a sacrifice fly. Reliever Guillermo Mota issued a two-out walk to Cody Ransom, and pinch-hitter Willie Bloomquist added an RBI single. Chris Young and Aaron Hill also had run-scoring singles to give the D'Backs a three-run lead.
The Giants had staked Barry Zito to an early 4-0 lead. Scutaro beat out an infield single to first to begin the first-inning rally. Pablo Sandoval singled, and, with runners on first and second, Posey doubled to right off the arcade
wall to bring in Scutaro. Hunter Pence followed with a booming triple to deep right center, scoring Sandoval and Posey. Hector Sanchez added a run-scoring single.
But Arizona chipped away at the lead, starting with a two-run homer by Johnson in the fifth inning.
NOTES: Sandoval has two extra base hits in 20 games since his return from the disabled list on Aug. 13. ... Pagan went 0-for-6, ending his six-game hit streak. ... San Francisco won for the first time at home this season when trailing after eight innings. ... Despite the loss, Arizona is 6-3 in its last nine road games. ... Putz has blown saves in consecutive games after a streak of 19
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