SAN FRANCISCO -- Brayan Villarreal made his Red Sox debut Tuesday night. It did not go swimmingly.
Villarreal, called up to the big leagues Monday, entered the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and promptly threw four straight balls to Marco Scutaro, forcing in the winning run and handing the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory.
Franklin Morales had started the inning and filled the bases by allowing a one-out single, a walk to pinch-hitter Andres Torres and hitting pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez.
The Giants had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth off Junichi Tazawa. With one out, Marco Scutaro single to right and went to third on a single down the left field line by Brandon Belt.
Buster Posey then hit a ball into foul territory in right. Shane Victorino made the catch, but wasn't in position to make a strong throw to the plate as Scutaro scored easily from third.
Jake Peavy, making his fourth start since coming to the Red Sox, was lifted after 5 2/3 innings, with his pitch count at 92. Peavy could be seen mouthing his displeasure as John Farrell came out of the dugout for the change.
Peavy had held the Giants scoreless through the first four innings. In the fifth, a soft bloop single into left by Roger Kieschnick and a triple just inside the third base line by Joaquin Arias gave the Giants their first run of the series.
A leadoff homer from Shane Victorino in the third had given the Sox a 2-0 edge.
The Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when, after loading the bases, they got a sacrifice fly from Mike Carp, hitting cleanup for the first time this season.
STAR OF THE GAME: Roger Kieschnick
The Giants third baseman had three hits and scored two runs, including the game-winnner in the bottom of the ninth.
HONORABLE MENTION: Ryan Vogelsong
The Giants starter allowed a run in the first and another in the third, but nothing more as he lasted seven innings. He bailed out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and left runners at the corners on the third.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Franklin Morales
Brayan Villarreal may have forced in the winning run with a four-pitch walk, but it was Morales who loaded the bases and left him the mess with a hit, a walk and a hit batsman.
TURNING POINT: With the Sox leading 2-1, David Ross collected the first Red Sox hit since the third -- a leadoff double. But Ross remained anchored at second as the next three Red Sox hitters went down in order, costing the team a chance at a valuable insurance run.
BY THE NUMBERS: Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in each one of the Red Sox' 14 interleague games this season.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "We shouldn't be in that situation...We've got to tighten some things up, do a better job of getting runners in, getting guys over, play a little bit of small ball every once in a while when we get an opportunity to step on somebody's neck and we didn't do that." - David Ross