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Steve Nicosia, who earlier homered, hit a game-winning double...

SAN FRANCISCO -- Steve Nicosia, who earlier homered, hit a game-winning double in the 11th inning Thursday night to give the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dusty Baker singled in the 11th off reliever Don Robinson, 0-3, and Johnnie LeMaster was sent in as a pinch runner but was thrown out at second when Joel Youngblood bounced into a fielder's choice.

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Nicosia then hit a Robinson pitch off the top of the left field wall as Youngblood scored from first base.

The victory went to Gary Lavelle, 3-3, who pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

Pittsburgh tied the score 3-3 in the ninth. Madlock singled and moved to second on a fly ball. Greg Minton relieved and one out later, pinch hitter Johnny Ray singled home the tying run.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, helped by two errors by shortstop Dale Berra. Dan Gladden grounded to Berra, who threw into the dirt. Brad Wellman followed with a one-hopper that Berra mishandled, putting Gladden on third. Bob Brenly followed with an RBI single.

Pittsburgh tied it 1-1 in the fourth when Bill Madlock singled, stole second and scored on Jason Thompson's single.

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Nicosia homered in the sixth, but Tony Pena tied it 2-2 in the seventh with his eighth homer and first since May 22.

The Giants snapped the tie in their half of the seventh. Mark Davis singled and was sacrificed to second. Wellman beat out an infield hit before Brenly delivered a sacrifice fly to center field.

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