The Indians jumped out early against the Giants for three unanswered runs and chased starter Tim Lincecum from the game after just 4 2/3 innings.
But after cruising through the first four innings, Indians starter Zach McAllister was done in by a four-run fifth inning, allowing the Giants to steal a 5-3 victory Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.
A Michael Bourn double to start the game and Jason Kipnis one-out RBI single gave the Indians an early 1-0 advantage in the first inning.
McAllister recorded his first career hit in the second inning off Linecum to put two men on base. But Lincecum got Bourn to ground out and end the threat and keep the host’s deficit at one run.
After the first two innings, McAllister had already racked up four strikeouts – including three called – with two punchouts in each inning.
Giants second baseman Brandon Hicks made a nice diving play to his left to nab Indians Jason Kipnis at first base in the third inning, but the groundout scored Nick Swisher to raise the visitor’s lead to 2-0.
Swisher's second double of the game scored Bourn, who led off the fifth inning with a single for his second hit of the game, the duo padding the Tribe’s lead to three unanswered runs. Before the long inning came to a close, the Indians hitters had chased Linecum from the game after just four and 2/3 innings. The right-hander left with the bases loaded and two outs, but his replacement - Juan Gutierrez – struck out Yan Gomes to halt the Tribe’s rally.
In his brief outing, Lincecum allowed nine hits and walked two, throwing an aweful lot of pitches with 98 through only four and 2/3 innings. But he did limit the damage to just two earned runs before giving way to the bullpen.
After cruising through the first four innings, McAllister ran into major trouble in the bottom of the inning. Two base hits and a walk loaded the bases for the Giants with just one out, and pinch hitter Gregor Blanco put the Giants on the board with a run-scoring base hit through the right side of the infield. Angel Pagan followed with a sacrifice fly that cut the deficit to a run before Hunter Pence delivered the big blow with a two-run single that capped the four-run inning and handed the host a 4-3 lead.
After laboring through the four-run 5th inning, McAllister’s day was done. Reliever C.C. Lee took over to start the sixth inning, but was greeted rudely by slugging Giants catcher Buster Posey, who launched a full-count home run into the left field bleahers, giving the host a 5-3 advantage. And so it was Lee's turn to hit showers, with lefty Josh Outman taking over and managing to tame the Giants hot bats by striking out the batters he faced to end the inning.
Both bullpens settled down all the early offense, keeping the game with the Giants holding a two-run lead by the time Giants closer Sergio Romo came on to start the ninth. The Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi began the inning as a pinch hitter, and was accidentally plunked by Romo.
Romo jumped around on the mound in protest of the hit-by-pitch call, as he felt Giambi swung. Chirping from the home dugout caused the Giants bench to be warned, but Romo quelled all the drama by retiring the next three batters to pick up the save.