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|Giants Hold on in 12 Innings to Win Home Opener
|SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Aaron Rowand hit a game-winning single off the left-field wall with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants celebrated raising the World Series flag with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
First baseman Albert Pujols dropped what would have been an inning-ending grounder by Andres Torres with two outs in the 12th. Torres reached on the error and advanced to second on defensive indifference. Brian Tallet (0-1), the sixth Cardinals pitcher, intentionally walked Freddy Sanchez to load the bases. Rowand then drove a pitch to deep left-center, capping a long, festive home opener that lasted 4 hours, 24 minutes.
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