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Giants Lose In 11th To Astros, 4-3

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The right foot of Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros gets caught under Orlando Cabrera #43 of the San Francisco Giants while sliding safely into second base after hitting a double in the top of the ninth inning during a game between the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants. Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros would be forced to leave the game at AT&T Park on August 28, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)

The right foot of Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros gets caught under Orlando Cabrera #43 of the San Francisco Giants while sliding safely into second base after hitting a double in the top of the ninth inning during a game between the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants. Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros would be forced to leave the game at AT&T Park on August 28, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Matt Downs delivered a go-ahead single with one out in the 11th inning and the Houston Astros beat the stumbling San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday to salvage a four-game split.

Jose Altuve got things going with a one-out double against Ramon Ramirez (2-3) and Downs followed with a single up the middle. Altuve was forced into action after slugger Carlos Lee left in the top of the ninth with a sprained right ankle sustained sliding into second on a double.

Mark Melancon (7-4) pitched the 10th and got the win despite allowing Mark DeRosa’s tying single. David Carpenter finished for his first career save.

The reigning World Series champions fell to 3 ½ games behind the first-place Diamondbacks in the NL West race after Arizona beat the Padres 6-1.

(Copyright 2011 by CBSSan Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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