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Giants stay alive, top Reds in NLDS Game 3

  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th inning during Game 3 of the National League division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Giants won 2-1 to cut their playoff deficit to 2-1. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

CINCINNATI (AP) Joaquin Arias hit a grounder toward third base and took off, covering those 90 feet in a blink as a full-to-capacity ballpark went silent with angst.

Which would get there first, the infielder or the ball? Who would win the decisive playoff dash?

"That's the fastest I've ever run to first," Arias said.

Fast enough to extend the San Francisco Giants' season one more day.

Reds third baseman Scott Rolen bobbled the short-hop, giving Arias enough time to beat the throw as the go-ahead run scored for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that avoided an NL division series sweep.


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