Misplayed ball leads to riveting Giants victory 

click to enlarge Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Angel Pagan, and Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after Pagan hit a walk-off RBI single driving in Buster Posey #28 (not pictured) in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds. - THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Angel Pagan, and Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after Pagan hit a walk-off RBI single driving in Buster Posey #28 (not pictured) in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds.

It was one of the strangest endings to a game this season for the Giants, but all that matters to them is they got the win.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Angel Pagan doubled in the winning run as the Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.

Pagan thought his flyball had been caught by outfielder Jay Bruce, who said later he should have caught it. No one was more surprised than Pagan when Bruce failed to grab it, and it turned out to be the winning hit, earning the Giants a split of their four-game series with the Reds.

“I thought he caught it because when he jumped, I thought he made the catch, but then I saw the ball bounce and hit the wall and I heard the people scream so that’s when I went crazy, started running and celebrating,” Pagan said.

Buster Posey had three hits and two RBIs and scored the winning run.

Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven innings, allowing only three hits, two runs and one walk. He added five strikeouts, but would get a no-decision.

One moment of drama came in the sixth inning when Vogelsong was trying to put down a sacrifice bunt and was nearly hit by a pitch.Once a second pitch came at Vogelsong’s head before he fouled it off, he was visibly upset and slammed the bat into the ground, causing both benches to empty. After a brief exchange between the two teams in front of home plate, order was restored and both sides were warned not to retaliate.

NOTE: First pitch was delayed by 12 minutes because of the 10-year reunion honoring the 2002 National League champion Giants team.

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