MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Vogelsong walked into the dugout, fired his helmet down and turned his famous glare up a notch. Every one of the 33,394 people at Miller Park knew Vogelsong had made a huge mistake by not running hard on a grounder to short, and it was eating at him.

But Vogelsong regrouped, worked through countless jams and managed to give up just one run in six innings. The lineup rewarded him, and the Giants won 7-4 over the Milwaukee Brewers, giving Vogelsong a win on a night that started with an embarrassing moment.

The Giants had taken a 3-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Pablo Sandoval and Michael Morse. Vogelsong came up with two outs and the bases loaded and hit a spinning grounder to shortstop Jean Segura, who tried to go the short way and tag second. Brandon Crawford beat Segura to the bag, but Vogelsong had stopped running to first, thinking Segura would easily end the inning. The mistake gave Segura enough time to regroup after losing the race with Crawford, and he threw Vogelsong out at first. That cost the Giants a run and kept Hunter Pence from batting with the bases loaded.

"It was a stupid mistake on my part," Vogelsong said. "The thing that stung the most was that I cost Hunter a chance to hit with the bases loaded and keep the inning going."


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As Vogelsong slowly approached the dugout, manager Bruce Bochy gave him a quick pep talk.

"Boch said, 'Let it go. You've got a game to pitch,' " Vogelsong said. "That probably helped me more than anything. I'm sure he was upset with me, but to hear that reminded me that I've got to get my head in the right place."

That didn't happen quickly. Vogelsong grooved a fastball to Brewers leadoff hitter Carlos Gomez. After the long homer to right-center, a game that looked like a potential blowout was all of a sudden a two-run contest.

"I think he did (take the mistake out to the mound), to be honest," Bochy said. "He was really upset with himself about what happened. We've all been in a situation where we embarrass ourselves a little. I give him credit. He regrouped and pitched well."

Vogelsong stranded two in the second, two more in the third, one in the fourth and two in the sixth. He gave up seven hits and walked one but allowed just the Gomez homer.

"There was a game to pitch," he said. "You've got to have a short memory and do what you're supposed to do."

Sometimes a player needs a mental break to remember what exactly that is. Bochy gave Morse two full days off before this game and reminded the left fielder that he was a big part of the club's early success. Morse has struggled to hit for power in recent weeks, but he showed a good approach Wednesday, hitting an RBI single up the middle and another to right. Morse at his best uses an all-fields approach, and that tends to unlock the pop in his bat.

The Giants had 14 hits, but in the late innings it looked like they might still pay for the first-inning gaffe. A Brewers rally in the seventh cut the lead to one, but Joe Panik's third hit of the night drove in a run in the eighth. Sandoval followed with a blast to right, his 14th of the season. Sandoval had 12 homers in 2012 and 14 a year ago. The latest one scored Panik, who has eight hits and two runs in the past three games. Entering the night, Giants second basemen had combined for a .181 average, but Panik is at .261 after his second three-hit game of the trip.

"It's hard to put it into words, but the more time you have up here, the more time with teammates, the more at-bats, it all makes things easier," he said. "You understand the game better."

Panik's contributions helped Vogelsong get a second win on this trip. The first start was a gem, his first career complete game. This one was a battle on the mound and, as it turned out, on the bases. But Vogelsong held it together.

"That's a good one," Bochy said. "If we would have lost this one, I think we all would have been sick about it."

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THURSDAY'S GAME
Giants (Jake Peavy 1-11) at Milwaukee (Wily Peralta 13-6), 11:10 a.m. CSNBA