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Giants Rally Over Marlins


The last time Jose Mesa faced the Florida Marlins in the 10th inning, he blew a save in the most important game of his career.
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  • That was last October, when he pitched for Cleveland in the seventh game of the World Series.

    This was different, and so was the cast of Marlins he was facing. Still, Mesa savored San Francisco's 4-3, 10-inning win Saturday.

    "The thing you've got to do is just throw it out of your mind," said Mesa, still trying to recover shaky performances earlier this month that included three bases-loaded walks in one week, two of them that lost games.

    When Mesa went to a 2-0 count on Mark Kotsay to start the 10th, the crowd booed. He gave up a single and intentional walk before getting pinch-hitter Ryan Jackson on an inning-ending groundout.

    "The boos were all right. I get used to it," Mesa said. "They were much louder than that in Cleveland. I've been pitching bad. As soon as you start pitching good, they'll cheer."

    The Giants won it for Mesa (4-2) in the bottom of the 10th when J.T.Snow's sacrifice fly scored Bill Mueller with the winning run.

    San Francisco tied the score with two runs in the sixth off Livan Hernandez, then began the winning rally when Matt Mantei (3-3) walked Mueller and Ellis Burks opening the 10th.

    Mueller advanced on Jeff Kent's fly to right and scored without a play on Snow's fly to medium left.

    "I can't say it was one of those days," Mantei said, "because I've had one of those days too much lately. I keep getting behind people, and that's killing me."

    The Giants won their fifth straight over thMarlins, who swept them in the first round of the playoffs last year.

    "We had to fight for this one," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "The main thing is, we won. We're feeling like winners again."

    Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, the Giants tied the score and could have gone ahead. But two runners were thrown out on the basepaths.

    Burks doubled leading off and advanced on Kent's single. One out later, Stan Javier singled to right, scoring Burks, but Kent was thrown out by Mark Kotsay.

    Rich Aurilia followed with an RBI double but Aurilia was thrown out at third by first baseman Derrek Lee after left fielder Cliff Floyd's throw back missed the cutoff man.

    Florida had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, but Robb Nen got Todd Dunwoody on a grounder to first and John Cangelosi was caught off third in a rundown. Edgar Renteria then flied out.

    "We can't get the big hit," Florida manager Jim Leyland said. "Livan pitched great."

    Shawon Duston and Brent Mayne reached on infield hits starting the bottom half, but Rey Sanchez then struck out attempting to bunt and Marvin Benard grounded into a double play.

    Hernandez allowed three runs and 10 hits in eight innings, striking out seven and walking four. San Francisco starter Russ Ortiz gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

    Floyd's fourth-inning homer gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead, but Kent tied it in the bottom half, reaching 20 homers for the second straight season.

    Mike Redmond hit a two-run double with two outs in the sixth.

    Notes

  • Benard has hit safely in all 13 games as the leadoff hitter since the Giants traded Darryl Hamilton .
  • The Marlins are 24-22 in one-run games.
  • Floyd's homer, his team-leading 16th, was his first since July 30.
  • Barry Bonds served the second game of his three-game suspension. The Giants are 4-2 when he is not in the lineup.

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