Hunter Pence gave Brandon Belt's hand a right good smacking before he dropped into the claustrophobic visiting dugout at Wrigley Field and administered high-fives that were so ferocious, a shoulder specialist should have been following him handing out business cards.
"Sometimes I get excited," Pence said. "I do a lot of things I wish I didn't when I get excited. I kind of lose my mind a little bit. Is Belt OK?"
Yeah, Belt was OK. All the Giants were OK on Sunday after they beat the Cubs 10-7 with a three-run 10th inning that would not have occurred without Pence's ninth-inning game-saver.
With the Giants down to their last strike, and facing a split of the four-game series against a woeful team, Pence hit a Shawn Camp slider over the ivy in left-center field for the Giants' first home run in 46 innings to tie the game.
Hector Sanchez and Brandon Crawford singled with one out in the 10th, and the Giants went ahead the only logical way in a game and series that was straight out of "Alice in Wonderland." Sanchez trotted home on a balk that was called when Camp faked a throw to first without stepping off the rubber.
Buster Posey added an RBI single and Marco Scutaro a run-scoring double to give Sergio Romo a cushion for his seventh save.
So ended a bizarro weekend in which either team could have swept the other with a break or two. In truth, the Giants would have been disappointed with anything less than a 3-1 series against a team that seems about 10 good players short of contending.
"I think we all need a day off after this series," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Believe me, we're happy we came out of here with three wins."