Giants begin to show heavy mettle 

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  • The Giants Tim Hudson pitched into the ninth inning Saturday, earning his first win of the year.
They made some loud noise with another big hit at AT&T Park on Saturday. And when it was over, they left to a rousing ovation from another sellout crowd.

Oh, and the Giants weren’t too bad, either.

On a day that Metallica performed the national anthem, the Giants displayed some of their own heavy mettle in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Giants clinched the victory on a walk-off single — by the visitors, no less — which suggested that the defending champions were back, indeed. Matt Joyce’s hard grounder struck pinch-runner Tony Featherston for the final out, which was scored a single according to major league rules.

“No, I’ve never seen that,” said manager Bruce Bochy, who had seen almost everything in his career. “He smoked the ball. The runner really didn’t have a chance. ... But that was a wild finish.”

Starter Tim Hudson (1-2) pitched eight-plus innings to earn the victory, but the play of Casey McGehee made for better news. He had three hits at the plate and made two stellar plays in the field. The performance came on the heels of a report that general manager Brian Sabean had scouted the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals in search of a third baseman.

McGehee entered the game with a .164 batting average, and some would swear that his fielding percentage was every bit as low. In fairness,

McGehee had played on a bum left knee since the early days of the season. The Santa Cruz native also confessed that he had put too much pressure on himself to succeed near his hometown.

“I’m feeling better (physically),” McGehee said afterward. “And with that, there’s a confidence that I can do certain things and my leg is not going to fall off.”

“It’s coming with him,” Bochy said. “It’s just a matter of time. This guy can hit.”

For a Giants team that has won four consecutive games at home, this is no time to fade to black.

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