Evan Longoria started Monday's game against the Dodgers on the bench.

But he came through with the biggest hit of the game.

Trailing the Dodgers 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Giants loaded the bases against Los Angeles' bullpen. Longoria then roped a 2-1 sinker off Ross Stripling in the left-field corner to clear the bases and give San Francisco a 3-2 lead.

Longoria picked up RBI No. 9, 10 and 11 on the season, and instantly sent a jolt of energy through Oracle Park.

"I've been waiting for that hit here for a year and a half," Longoria told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy G after the Giants' 3-2 win. "I've been up in some big situations and just haven't been able to come through. As a player, you just hope to get back in those situations and have the opportunities, so today, I'm happy to be the one to get the opportunity and come through finally."

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The veteran third baseman who had three hits in his last 20 at-bats, pinch-hit for Pablo Sandoval an inning earlier.

According to the Giants, the last time Longoria had a hit that gave his team the lead when trailing in the seventh inning or later was against the San Diego Padres on May 11, 2013, when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.


Maybe this is the hit that gets Longoria going.