PHILADELPHIA – If something didn’t happen soon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was trotting a position player out to the pitching rubber.
As it worked out, something happened.
Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.
“It was huge,” Bochy said of the hit. “George (Kontos) might have one more inning at that point.”
Kontos (3-0) didn’t have one more inning. The reliever got just one out before Lincecum, got the final two outs for the save.
Had the game still been tied, Bochy was considering outfielder Tyler Colvin.
“I asked him if he had pitched before and he mentioned high school,” Bochy said.
Crawford snapped a 2-for-22 skid with his two-out hit off the wall in left-center field and finished with four RBIs. Buster Posey, who doubled and scored in the 14th, sent the game into extras with a solo homer in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his third save.
Kontos (3-0) allowed one run in 2⅓ innings to earn the win for the second straight night.
“That’s why you keep your arm in good shape,” Kontos said. “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow — try to give them an inning or two.”
Marlins 6, Braves 5
In Atlanta, Jacob Turner allowed two runs in his bid for a permanent return to Miami’s rotation and the Marlins knocked Mike Minor out of the game early.
Donovan Solano had a career-high four hits and reached on a walk as Miami took its second straight win over Atlanta. Christian Yelich had two hits and scored three runs.
Pirates 12, Dodgers 7
In Pittsburgh, Gregory Polanco got out of a slump with a solo home run and a tiebreaking two-run single.
Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with his 15th homer and three RBIs. Ike Davis had three hits, including his sixth home run.
Cubs 6, Padres 0
In Chicago, Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs, and Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings in his return from the minor leagues.
Rizzo became the first National League player to reach 25 homers this season, his career high.
Nationals 7, Rockies 4
In Denver, Adam LaRoche hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh, Anthony Rendon had three hits, and Washington rallied to beat Colorado.
Brewers 4, Reds 3
In Milwaukee, Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning for the Brewers.
Rays 7, Cardinals 2
In St. Louis, Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5⅔ innings, and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double.
Diamondbacks 5, Tigers 4
In Phoenix, Aaron Hill drove in three runs and made a game-ending diving stop, Miguel Montero hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, and Arizona rallied for a win.