Giants Gain Heart From DeRosa

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You'd have thought they won the whole damn thing. That rarest of sights - a clutch line drive - had fallen safely into right-center field for a game-winning single, and the Giants sprinted out of the dugout like wild men, jumping all over Jeff Keppinger and forming a pile of humanity on the edge of the infield.

It was a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the horrible Houston Astros on Saturday night, and seldom has an evening of futility ended so well. This had been yet another procession of unwatchable at-bats by the Giants' weakest-hitting team since they moved to San Francisco, without the slightest hint that Pablo Sandoval could hit right-handed or that a couple of much-needed mainstays, Aubrey Huff and Cody Ross, had found...

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