Giants take 2-1 lead in 10th, trying to close it out

In the first nine innings, the Giants collected exactly one hit.

In the top of the 10th, the first two Giants both hit safely. And thanks to a couple of two-out miscues by the Reds, those two hits were enough to finally give them a 2-1 lead in a game they simply must win.

Buster Posey led off the inning with a single, and Hunter Pence snuck a grounder into left field for another. But Jonathan Broxton, the Reds' third relief pitcher in the game, struck out Brandon Belt, and then he struck out Xavier Nady on three pitches. That brought up shortstop Joaquin Arias, who'd pinch hit for Brandon Crawford earlier in the game.

Broxton's first pitch to Arias was a fastball that sailed past catcher Ryan Hanigan for a passed ball, with both runners moving up. And moments later, Arias hit a grounder toward third base that handcuffed Scott Rolen. After fumbling the ball, Rolen did unleash a throw to first base but too late to retire Arias while Posey was crossing the plate with the game's first run since the third inning.

Somewhat oddly, manager Bruce Bochy allowed reliever Sergio Romo to bat for himself -- Romo struck out looking -- but Bochy obviously trusts Romo more than anyone else left in his bullpen to protect a one-run lead.

So we're in the bottom of the 10th, the Giants trying to protect a 2-1 lead and keep their season going.

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