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It was in the eighth when Giants manager Bruce Bochy appeared to make another ill-fated call to a bullpen that coughed up a 4-1 lead in Game 2 at San Francisco. The Braves rallied to tie that one, then won it 5-4 on Rick Ankiel’s 11th-inning homer into McCovey Cove.

This time, it was Hinske who delivered. He fought back from an 0-2 count before hitting a line drive into the right-field corner that sent the standing-room crowd of 53,284 into a frenzy.

The next inning, there was nothing but stunned silence except for those who mustered the energy to boo Conrad.

Cox is known for defending his players more than perhaps any other manager, but even he might be forced to make a change at second base. The only other middle infielder on the roster is little-used rookie Diory Hernandez.

“I’ll have to sleep on it,” was all Cox would say when asked if Conrad would stay in the lineup.

Bochy made no apologies for the way his team pulled it out.

“To come back like that after a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, I mean, that can take the wind out of your sails,” he said. “And these guys came right back and found a way to get it done. That is a great win.”

Notes: President Jimmy Carter and former Braves owner Ted Turner attended the game, wearing Atlanta caps. … Conrad was the first player in franchise history to make three errors in a postseason game. In an interesting twist, the previous player to do it was former Atlanta shortstop Rafael Furcal with the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2008 NLCS.