CINCINNATI — Joaquin Arias hit a grounder toward third base and took off toward first, covering those 90 feet in a blink as a full-to-capacity ballpark went silent with angst.
Which would get there first, the baserunner or the ball?
"That's the fastest I've ever run to first," Arias said.
Fast enough to extend the 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.
"It hit my glove," Rolen said. "I just couldn't get it to stick."
Hardly able to get a hit the past two games, the Giants turned a passed ball and a misplayed grounder into a win that cut their series deficit to 2-1 and extended Cincinnati's 17 years of home postseason futility.
"These are the type of games we've played all season long," said Sergio Romo, who pitched the last two innings. "We are a gritty and grinding team."
And, with their season on the line, a little lucky, too.
"We got a break there at the end," manager Bruce Bochy said.
The Giants managed three hits and struck out 16 times against Homer Bailey and the Reds bullpen but got two hits in the 10th, along with a passed ball by Ryan Hanigan, to pull it out.