Nuñez, Giants rally in ninth inning to beat Cardinals

ST. LOUIS – The Giants went precisely two years without a comeback victory in the ninth inning. Now they’ve done it in consecutive road games.

Eduardo Nuñez hit a two-run double that rolled to the center field wall, and the Giants overcame their own bullpen struggles while coming back against St. Louis Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh to take a 6-5 victory at Busch Stadium Friday night.

In essence, every victory for the Giants is a comeback win. Such are the depths they face in the standings after a miserable first five weeks. Time will tell if they have the talent and good health to dig out, but these ninth-inning comebacks would seem to indicate they do not lack for a fighting spirit.

Brandon Belt’s third hit of the game started the rally against Oh, who had converted 10 of his first 11 save chances this season. Brandon Crawford’s one-out single put runners at the corners. Then Nuñez lofted the first pitch over center fielder Dexter Fowler’s head.

Giants closer Mark Melancon allowed a leadoff single but fielded Dexter Fowler’s grounder to start a game-ending double play as the Giants opened a challenging, seven-game trip with the same kind of comeback that ended their last road foray at New York’s Citi Field.

The Giants are just 7-15 on the road this season – only the A’s have fewer road victories among major league clubs – but they have rallied in the ninth to win their last two.

Until their comeback in the ninth, Fowler stood to be the Giants’ downfall. His three-run home run off George Kontos in the seventh inning erased a one-run deficit.

Maybe the Cardinals held one whopper of a team meeting during the 46-minute rain delay Friday night, with Fowler perhaps borrowing snippets of a speech from Game 7 of last year’s World …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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