SAN FRANCISCO -- Eduardo Nunez shot a pitch into right field, delivering a walk-off win against Indians closer Cody Allen on Tuesday night. San Francisco's 2-1 victory in 10 innings over the Tribe culminated in a mob of celebrating Giants players on the infield.The win was the fourth in walk-off
SAN FRANCISCO -- Eduardo Nunez shot a pitch into right field, delivering a walk-off win against Indians closer Cody Allen on Tuesday night. San Francisco's 2-1 victory in 10 innings over the Tribe culminated in a mob of celebrating Giants players on the infield.
The win was the fourth in walk-off fashion this season for the Giants, who started their decisive rally with a leadoff double by Conor Gillaspie on his 30th birthday. Allen then watched a bunt from Denard Span roll by for an unlikely infield single, setting up the game-winning blow from Nunez, who recorded his first RBI since rejoining the team from a stint on the disabled list.
"It's great to have those," said Giants starter Ty Blach. "Everybody feels good after a win like that, especially after a tough one last night with a couple of plays that really hurt us. Being able to bounce back and play a really crisp game, that was great for our guys."
With the loss, Cleveland dropped to 1-4 on its current trip through Oakland and San Francisco. In the five games, the Indians have hit .192 as a team with 12 runs scored and have posted a .334 OPS in 41 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
"It's been kind of a theme this trip," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I don't want to go back and [focus on that], because that doesn't help, but we've just got to keep grinding. Sometimes teams go through periods like this. We've just got to figure out a way to win 2-1, as opposed to losing 2-1."
Blach handcuffed the Tribe over seven innings, scattering seven hits, striking out three and walking one in his no-decision. He dropped his ERA to 2.33 over his last three starts. Cleveland's only breakthrough against the lefty came in the third, when Bradley Zimmer singled and later scored on a triple by Brandon Guyer.
Indians righty Mike Clevinger -- also forced to walk away with a no-decision -- struck out seven, walked two and limited San Francisco to one unearned run in six innings. Over his past six turns for the Tribe, the right-hander has logged a 1.36 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and a .161/.277/.259 opponents' slash line.
"It's exciting. It's really exciting," Francona said of Clevinger's progress. "He and [pitching coach Mickey Callaway] have been working really hard about attacking the zone and he's doing it more. You're seeing the results. It gets exciting."
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Dyson's redemption: Giants reliever Sam Dyson's trying season opened with a pair of rough outings against the Indians during their season-opening series against Texas. Dyson allowed eight runs in one inning combined as the Rangers' closer in those games against Cleveland. On Tuesday night, he held the Tribe scoreless over the ninth and 10th innings, helping buy time for San Francisco's offense.
"You look at his body of work last year, really in the Major Leagues, he's used to pitching in high-level situations," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's got the stuff to do it."
Guyer's gaffe: The lone unearned run against Clevinger arrived in the sixth, when a missed catch by Guyer in right field proved costly. Nunez shot a pitch into right-center, where Guyer lost sight of the ball, which clanked off his glove, hit his chest and dropped to the grass for a two-base error. With first base open, Clevinger then tried to pitch around Buster Posey, but the Giants catcher got his bat on an outside slider and delivered his RBI single.
"I've got to catch it," Guyer said. "But at the last second, for whatever reason, I lost it. I've had that happen to me before and made the catch. It's a ball I've got to catch. It's really frustrating, especially when it's such a big run in the game. You never want anything like that to happen. [Clevinger] was pitching really good and didn't deserve to give up any runs."
"No wonder the ball got through. The baseball gods took care of him. Good pitch he hit, too." -- Bochy, upon learning Tuesday was Gillaspie's birthday
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Tuesday's contest was the first extra-inning game for Cleveland since April 11. It ended a streak of 84 consecutive games without extra innings, breaking the franchise's previous mark of 81 set in 1902.
Indians: Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (10-4, 3.65 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Tribe in a 3:45 p.m. ET Interleague game with the Giants on Wednesday at AT&T Park. Carrasco has not faced San Francisco since 2014, but has gone 7-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 10 road starts this season.
Giants:Player Page for Matt Cain (3-8, 5.56 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants in a 12:45 p.m. PT contest against the Indians on Wednesday. Cain hasn't started a game since the Fourth of July, when he lost his seventh consecutive decision.
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