The winning pitcher and the manager say Tuesday's win was among the biggest of their career.
The breakout player of the postseason, Giants outfielder Cody Ross, who had homered three times in the first two games at Philadelphia, hit an RBI single in Tuesday afternoon’s Game 3 to break a scoreless tie.
“He plays with no fear,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “That’s what you like about the guy.”
Bochy even tinkered with his lineup, moving Ross up into the No. 5 spot, who after the game said, “I’m just going up there trying to relax, stay calm, make something happen.” He’s doing an impressive job of that.
Meanwhile, Matt Cain had one of his strongest outings of the season. Cain allowed two hits over seven innings, struck out five and walked three in a strong 119-pitch effort.
Cain showed no signs of a long layoff in earning his first career postseason victory. He was pitching on 10 days’ rest since a no-decision in Game 2 of the NLDS against Atlanta.
In Game 4 Wednesday night, rookie Madison Bumgarner will start for the Giants. Joe Blanton will start for the Phillies. Blanton last pitched one inning of relief on the final day of the season, an 8-7 loss at Atlanta, and has not started since Sept. 29.