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Peter Moylan, a ground-ball specialist, came on to face Juan Uribe. The Braves got what they wanted, only the grounder was between third base and shortstop. Glaus didn’t even make an attempt, Gonzalez made a backhanded grab and threw toward second for the force.
But the throw was a little high, and Infante had to reach up to get it. He had no shot at the double play — and the Braves wound up getting no one when umpire Ed Hickox ruled that Infante had pulled his right foot off the bag a split-second before catching the ball. Replays were inconclusive on a call that left the bases loaded with one out.
Jonny Venters, the third pitcher of the inning, struck out pinch-hitter Aaron Rowand on a wicked slider. But Ross came through with another big hit, grounding one out of Gonzalez’s reach into left field to bring home the go-ahead run.
Matt Diaz prevented the Braves from falling even farther behind when he made a strong throw to beat the slow-running Burrell, who was tagged out by McCann in a collision at the plate. But 3-2 was good enough for the Giants’ bullpen.
Santiago Casilla worked 1 2-3 innings, Javier Lopez struck out Jason Heyward to end the eighth and Wilson earned his second save in as many nights.
Then it was time to celebrate a playoff victory — and remember Cox’s career.
“I revere this man so much,” Bochy said. “It’s going to be strange coming in here and not seeing Bobby on the other side.”
NOTES: After drawing a sellout of more than 53,000 for Game 3, there were thousands of empty seats in the upper deck. … The Braves last win in an elimination contest was Game 7 of the 1996 NLCS, when they routed St. Louis 15-0 in the final season at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. … San Francisco, making its first playoff appearance since 2003, won its first postseason series since beating St. Louis 4-1 in the 2002 NL championship.
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