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Pierce Johnson rushed to the bullpen and hurriedly warmed up. It was still the fourth inning, and Giants starter Ty Blach was not tired or hurt.

Bruce Bochy wasn’t messing around.

The Giants were trailing 3-1 and threatening, and Bochy chose not to manage by the book, instead pulling Blach for a pinch-hitter, Pablo Sandoval, the turning point in Tuesday night’s 5-3 victory over the Reds.

Sandoval hit a two-run single to tie the score, and Andrew McCutchen’s fielder’s choice broke the tie. It was a four-run rally that began with Brandon Belt’s homer into McCovey Cove and included a stretch of five singles over six at-bats. …continue reading here…