Late MLB game: Rally gives Giants 3-1 edge

In a back-and-forth classic, the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 in front of a passionate crowd at AT&T Park.

Date published: 10/21/2010

By Andrew Baggarly
San Jose Mercury News

SAN FRANCISCO Juan Uribe doesn't command the English language. But in exultant moments, it doesn't seem to matter. He finds the essence.

"I go home now, be with my family," said Uribe, "And be a lot of happy."

A lot of happy.

What better description for the scene at China Basin on Wednesday night? What better words to summarize a four-hit night from their whiz-kid catcher, a redemption song from their Panda, and, yes, a celebration in the ninth inning that Uribe set off, injured wrist and all, when his sacrifice fly scored Aubrey Huff, sending the Giants spilling onto the field in full glory mode?

In a back-and-forth classic, the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 in front of a passionate crowd at AT&T Park. They took a kung fu grip on this National League Championship Series.

And they're one victory from the World Series. They could get it today behind Tim Lincecum.

Which would result in a lot more happy.

"One of the biggest games I've ever been a part of," said closer Brian Wilson, whose scoreless ninth inning gave the Giants a chance to win. "We did our celebration like any team would do on a walk-off. But we'll come prepared tomorrow. We'll celebrate after another victory."

Roy Oswalt, the Phillies' Game 2 starter who had thrown his usual mound session earlier in the day, came on to pitch the ninth and gave up consecutive one-out singles to Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey the fourth of the night for the gifted rookie.

Uribe, who didn't start the game because of his injury, had entered on a double-switch in the top of the ninth. First, he made a throw from deep at shortstop to help Wilson retire the leadoff hitter.

Then with Oswalt trying to bust him inside, Uribe got under a pitch, lofted it to left field, and Huff streaked across the plate.

"We saw something special tonight," center fielder Andres Torres said. "We never give up. We always come back.

"This team, we believe."

Anything is possible. Even two doubles in one at-bat.


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Date published: 10/21/2010