So much for an off day: Molina wins game for Giants; As fall to Yankees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Bengie Molina expected to have the day off, so San Francisco's veteran catcher didn't bother taking pregame batting practice.

He didn't need it.

Molina's pinch-hit double with two outs in the 10th inning drove in Andres Torres to give the Giants a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

"I was too tired for (batting practice)," said Molina, who started the Giants' first 13 games before Pablo Sandoval caught against the Padres. "I had a couple swings in the cage, I was warmed up and I was ready."

Molina's hit completed a two-game sweep of the Padres and gave the Giants a 4-1 record on their homestand after the team lost six straight on the road.

It came in front 26,593 fans, San Francisco's smallest crowd since moving into AT&T Park in 2000, and left the Giants in a much better mood as they packed for a three-game series at Arizona.

Equally important as Molina's hit was the performance of starting pitcher Barry Zito, who threw seven shutout innings and lowered his ERA from 10.00 to 5.63.

Zito allowed just one runner past second base and kept the Padres off balance with a mixture of snapping curves and a fastball that was his most effective of the young season. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter for the first time since June 25, 2008.

Yankees 9, As 7

NEW YORK (AP) " Melky Cabrera turned on a fastball and sent it soaring into the right-field stands, down an entryway in the bleachers that sparked remaining fans to sprint for the sought-after souvenir.

Cabrera's 14th-inning drive, the fifth home run of the game, concluded a 4-hour, 57-minute marathon Wednesday, a 9-7 Yankees win over the Oakland Athletics.

"I understand everybody's making a big deal out of home runs," Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. "Melky's ball would have been out of anywhere. It's not like there's cheap home runs being hit."

The switch-hitting Cabrera connected from both sides of the plate, also homering in the second batting right-handed.


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