Ellison's single in ninth lifts Giants past Braves
SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) --
finally delivered the big hits the
San Francisco Giants
were waiting for.
Feliz hit a clutch three-run homer in the seventh inning and Ellison blooped an RBI single in the ninth to give the Giants a 5-4 victory over the
After the Braves tied the game in the top of the ninth, Feliz led off the bottom of the inning with a single against
(2-6) but was erased one batter later on
came on and struck out former Brave
before giving way to
, who walked pinch hitter
. Ellison followed with his third hit, a bloop single to left field, and Cruz just beat
's throw to the plate.
"We worked hard to get back in it," Ellison said. "It's a credit to everyone on the team. We've battled back all year. It's just something we do."
Ellison's single was the second big hit of the game for San Francisco, which went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position Monday and grounded into inning-ending double plays with two on in both the first and third innings of this one.
Trailing, 3-1, the Giants broke through against Braves starter
in the seventh.
opened the inning with a ground-rule double and
followed with a single to put runners at the corners.
Feliz then sent a 1-0 pitch from Ramirez over the left field fence to give San Francisco its first lead, 4-3.
"The home run was a pitch on the outer half (of the plate)," said Ramirez, who allowed four runs and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings. "He went out there and got it. He guessed fastball, got it and hit it out."
"Pedro had a big homer," Giants manager
said. "He is always going to be a threat, especially when he gets a fastball and is challenged."
The blast also provided some redemption for Feliz, who stranded six runners in the series opener.
"It feels good," Feliz said. "Hitting the home run, coming from behind ... It's a good win for us. I just wanted to go up there and tried to be patient and get a pitch to hit."
could not hold the lead, however, yielding a leadoff homer to
in the ninth to tie the game at 4-4. Walker (3-2) issued a pair of walks and uncorked a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position before striking out Johnson to end the inning.
"I missed location with LaRoche," said Walker, who blew his fourth save in 18 chances. "I wanted to stay away from him, but it went inner-third, right in his wheelhouse. He really made me pay for it. To come back like that in the ninth is huge."
Atlanta's ninth-inning comeback ruined a solid performance by San Francisco starter
. The subject of trade rumors, Schmidt allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings while matching a season high with 10 strikeouts.
"(It's) probably the best I've felt since last year," Schmidt said. "The ball was jumping out of my hand. I was throwing changeups, sliders and fastballs. The situation dictated what I was throwing."
"Schmidt was really good tonight,"
said. "He was a little wild, but his stuff was very solid."
Activated from the disabled list before Monday's game, Braves third baseman
left the game in the seventh after experiencing some soreness in his left foot while scoring in the fourth.
"I told Bobby it was pretty painful and it was hard to go to my left and plant and throw," Jones said. "I really didn't see them scoring four runs off of Horacio there. He was going too good."