The San Francisco Giants scored four runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-6 lead, only to see Kole Calhoun belt a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the inning to give the Los Angeles Angels an 8-7 Cactus League win at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday.
Marco Scutaro made his Cactus League debut for the Giants, doubling in his first at-bat and finishing the day 1-for-2.
The Giants (11-8) trailed 6-3 after eight innings but got a rally going against Angels reliever Joe Smith. Trevor Brown reached with one out when shortstop Grant Green booted the ball. After a strikeout pushed the Giants to the edge with two outs, Brandon Hicks lofted a double to left to score Brown and make it 6-4. Tyler Graham singled home Hicks to cut the deficit to 6-5 and Chris Dominguez singled to put runners at the corners.
Ryan Lollis lined a triple to right field to put the Giants on top 7-6.
Jean Machi (0-1) came on to protect the one run lead, but after setting down the leadoff hitter, Machi allowed a single to Shawn O’Malley followed by Calhoun’s blast to right field that won it for Los Angeles (9-9).
Tim Lincecum started for the Giants and worked into the sixth, allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks in 5.1 innings. He did not strike out a batter. Brett Bochy got the last two outs of the sixth, Javier Lopez allowed an unearned run in the seventh and Yusmeiro Petit worked a perfect eighth.
San Francisco struck for two runs in the top of the first off Angels starter Hector Santiago. Scutaro, in his first spring at-bat, doubled to left and Buster Posey walked. After Hunter Pence was rung up on a called third strike, Pablo Sandoval and Mark Minicozzi hit back-to-back RBI singles.
The Angels chased Lincecum in the sixth. David Freese walked and Raul Ibanez singled to start the inning and Kendrick lofted a sacrifice fly to center. After Aybar singled, that ended the day for Lincecum. Bochy came on and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Yorbit Torrealba that put Los Angeles up 5-3.
The Angels made it 6-3 in the seventh off Lopez, who started the inning by hitting Calhoun with a pitch. Calhoun stole second and scooted to third when second baseman Tony Abreu couldn’t come up with Posey’s throw. After Lopez walked Green, Calhoun scored when John Hester hit into a double play.
The Giants had nine hits on the day, with Dominguez going 2-for-2 after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
San Francisco will host the Cleveland Indians at Scottsdale Stadium Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Pacific.