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Giants outlast Phillies in 14 innings

PHILADELPHIA--The San Francisco Giants ran out of relievers and bench players Tuesday night, but they never ran out of fight.

Brandon Crawford cleared the bases in the 14th inning shortly after the five-hour mark at Citizens Bank Park, and the Giants swiped a thrilling 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Seven Giants relievers took turns working out of trouble, setting the stage for Crawford's 14th-inning heroics. With the bases loaded and two outs, he lined a Jeff Manship pitch into the gap in left-center, scoring three.

The Giants went so deep into the roster that Tim Lincecum came on with two on and one out in the bottom of the 14th. Lincecum, scheduled to start Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, picked up his first career save.

The game lasted 5 hours, 46 minutes, and it seemed as if the Giants were fighting to stay in it for most of that time.

Majors runs leader Hunter Pence put the Giants on top early, reaching with a leadoff single and scoring on Pablo Sandoval's double. The Phillies countered with two in the bottom of the first, but that might have felt like a small victory for the Giants. Starting in place of Matt Cain, Yusmeiro Petit opened the night allowing two singles and a walk, but he escaped further damage before cruising into the fifth. By that time he had a 3-2 lead, thanks to a Gregor Blanco run in the second and Pence's 454-foot homer in the top of the fifth.

Ben Revere opened the bottom of the fifth with a single, and Jimmy Rollins followed with a homer to right. Ryan Howard singled two batters later and scored on Marlon Byrd's double, giving the Phillies a two-run lead. Petit was charged with five earned runs in five innings and now has a 6.32 ERA in six starts.

A double and two singles got the Giants a run closer in the top of the seventh, but with two runners on and one out, Michael Morse and Blanco struck out.

Buster Posey has been red hot in the second half, and he tied the game with one swing off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. The homer was Posey's 11th, and the first given up by the Phillies closer this season. It led to a long night.

Crawford's error nearly put the Giants away in the bottom of the inning. With one out, he bobbled Jimmy Rollins' grounder to short and then double-clutched his throw to first. Rollins went to third on Chase Utley's single, but Jeremy Affeldt struck out Howard and got Byrd to ground out.

The Phillies put the winning run on second with one out in the 11th. Santiago Casilla struck out Rollins and intentionally walked Chase Utley to set up a matchup with Howard, who grounded out softly to first amid a shower of boos. An inning later, George Kontos was the one to get out of a jam. Kontos, the eighth Giants pitcher of the night, walked a pair with one out. After a groundout, Domonic Brown hit a blast to left that Tyler Colvin tracked down inches in front of the wall. Kontos spent all day Sunday traveling and then pitched two innings Monday, but he went back out in the 13th and had a clean inning, extending the bullpen's scoreless run in this series to 14 innings. Minutes later, the lineup returned the favor, helping Kontos pick up his second win in two days.

--For the first time since Joe Panik made his major league debut, his parents were in the stands. Unfortunately for them, the young second baseman lasted just one at-bat. Panik sprained his right ankle in the first inning when he took an awkward step on a bang-bang play at first base. Ehire Adrianza replaced Panik in the bottom of the second and ended up getting seven at-bats.

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