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Recap: Red Sox 2, Giants 3
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: AT&T Park
Date: August 20, 2013 10:15 PM EDT
  

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brayan Villarreal was put in quite a difficult predicament in his first appearance with Boston.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, he failed to deliver.

Villarreal walked Marco Scutaro on four pitches with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Red Sox to a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

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Villarreal was wild as soon as he came in to face Scutaro and the game ended when umpire Mike Everitt ruled a close pitch was just out of the strike zone to the dismay of the Red Sox.

``We shouldn't be in that situation,' catcher David Ross said. ``We had a guy that we know who is notorious for taking pitches, we have to throw strike one.'

The Giants squandered numerous opportunities early in the game, going 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, but they tied it in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly in foul territory and used two walks and a hit batsman to win it.

Roger Kieschnick started the winning rally with a one-out single against Franklin Morales (2-1) for his third hit of the game. The Giants loaded the bases with two outs when Morales walked Andres Torres and hit pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez on the left wrist.

``We started out the inning in pretty good shape and then seemingly in a matter of about seven or eight pitches it looked like Franklin lost the strike zone a little bit and leaves us in a tough spot with two outs,' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

With Brandon Workman having pitched the past two days, Farrell gave Villarreal his first appearance with the Red Sox. Villarreal was acquired in a deal last month from Detroit and called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.

He made a poor first impression, throwing four straight balls to Scutaro. Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens told Scutaro that Villarreal had control problems before the at-bat and that proved true. Villarreal has walked nine of 29 batters he has faced this season, including two with the bases loaded.

``When he told me that, I wanted to make sure I looked for my pitch and not be too aggressive,' Scutaro said.

The Red Sox couldn't hold a 2-0 lead and lost for the fifth time in seven games to fall percentage points behind Tampa Bay for the lead in the AL East.

Sergio Romo (4-6) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

``It's nice to win one like this because we have been on the other side of them,' said starter Ryan Vogelsong, who allowed two runs in seven innings. ``When you play a tough game like that and things aren't going your way ... it's good to come out on the winning end of it.'

After twice failing to get a runner in from third with no outs, the Giants finally delivered in the eighth inning to tie the game.

Scutaro reached on a one-out single and went to third on Brandon Belt's single against Junichi Tazawa. Buster Posey then hit a high fly down the right-field line that Shane Victorino caught in foul territory. Scutaro scored easily on the sacrifice fly but Tazawa escaped without any further damage to keep the score tied at 2.

``No second-guessing guys. I let that ball fall and he hits a three-run homer then what are you guys going to say?' Victorino said. ``When I was on the move over there I told myself catch the ball and try and get in the best position I could to make the throw.'

Victorino helped give Boston the lead when he hit a rare right-handed homer off a righty pitcher. The switch-hitting Victorino is unable to bat left-handed because of an injured left leg. But that did not bother him when he led off the third inning with a drive to left that made it 2-0.

It was just the second time Victorino had hit a right-handed homer against a righty in his career, also doing it against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sept. 24, 2010, according to STATS LLC.

It looked as if that 2-0 lead would stand up when Jake Peavy escaped jams in the fourth and fifth innings. Belt, who had three hits, was stranded after a leadoff triple in the fourth when Posey grounded out and Peavy struck out Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford.

The Giants scored their first run of the series when Kieschnick led off the fifth with a single and scored on Joaquin Arias' triple. But San Francisco couldn't get the equalizer when Vogelsong, Gregor Blanco and Scutaro followed with groundouts.

NOTES: SS Xander Bogaerts (20 years, 323 days) became the youngest position player to appear in a game for Boston since Dwight Evans (20, 318) in 1972. He went 0 for 3 and stranded five runners. ... Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (neck and shoulder) threw 46 pitches in a simulated game and is set to make a rehab start Sunday. Farrell said he would like Buchholz to get three rehab starts but he might only get two depending on the minor league schedule. ... LHP Barry Zito (4-8) makes his first start of the month for the Giants in the series finale Wednesday after Chad Gaudin was placed on the DL. Felix Doubront (8-6) goes for Boston.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Red Sox at Giants
Mon, Aug 19 Final 7 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Red Sox at Giants
Tue, Aug 20 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Red Sox at Giants
Wed, Aug 21 Final 12 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BOS  -155   +100   7 
 SFO  +145   -120   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BOS  -167   -105   7 
 SFO  +152   -115   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BOS  70%   76%   76% 
 SFO  30%   24%   24% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB RECAPS
 Tuesday, Aug 20
 
    Blue Jays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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