SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr is the rare celebrity who came to sit in the owner’s box at AT&T Park and stayed the entire game. The Giants rewarded him with one hell of a finish.
Buster Posey hit a walk-off single off Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the 10th, giving the Giants a thrilling 5-4 win over the rival Dodgers in a game that looked lost minutes earlier.
The Dodgers took a 4-3 lead on Adrian Gonzalez’s solo homer in the top of the 10th, but Denard Span lashed a one-out double off Jansen in the bottom of the inning and scored on Joe Panik’s single to left. Brandon Belt followed with a bloop to right, setting up Posey.
In a game that lasted over four hours, the first inning was highlighted by Posey’s bat getting caught up in the net behind the plate after he lost control during a swing. Oh, the Giants also scored two runs on two walks and two singles with two outs.
Scott Kazmir settled in from there and the Dodgers made Jeff Samardzija grind, getting a run back in the second and another in the fifth. Samardzija was at 45 pitches through two innings and 84 after four. He was pulled with two outs in the fifth when Justin Turner singled and Adrian Gonzalez smacked a double off the right-center wall.
Kazmir was done after putting the first two batters on in the sixth and the Giants caught a break in taking the lead. Louis Coleman entered and got back-to-back double-play balls from Posey and Matt Duffy but Chase Utley couldn’t turn either one, allowing a run to score.
The next inning lasted 28 minutes, which usually is what you’d expect from an offensive outburst. This was simply a one-run frame, but Bruce Bochy made four pitching changes while playing the matchups in a desperate bid to hold the lead. It didn’t work. Cory Gearrin, the fifth pitcher of the inning, walked Trayce Thompson with the bases loaded and two outs.
Santiago Casilla, who has had a rough week, pitched a quick ninth to set the stage for the game-winner.
Starting pitching report: Samardzija’s last three starts — 5 innings, 5 innings, 4 2/3 innings — have been his three shortest of the season.
Bullpen report: Law faced one batter in the top of the seventh. Josh Osich faced two. Hunter Strickland got one and then Javier Lopez got one. Gearrin faced two.
At the plate: Posey threw his bat a second time, and it was on purpose. After lining out against Joe Blanton in the eighth he flung his bat back towards the dugout in disgust, something you don’t see often from him.
In the field: Osich temporarily prevented the tying run from scoring during his slice of the seventh. He nabbed a sharp grounder back up the middle and alertly threw to third to nail Enrique Hernandez, who had broken or home.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,358 human beings, including Steve Kerr and Klay Thompson, who wore a Dodgers hat to support his younger brother. One of those two Warriors got a standing ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard. The other one was playfully booed.
Up next: The Giants get their first look at 19-year-old Julio Urias, the best left-handed prospect in the game. He’ll face 35-year-old Jake Peavy.