Much-traveled Maxwell making himself at home with Giants

Much-traveled Maxwell making himself at home with Giants

SAN DIEGO -- After Thursday, Justin Maxwell can consider himself sufficiently steeped in Giants culture.

The much-traveled outfielder, who made San Francisco's season-opening squad as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, drilled a pinch-hit, 12th-inning single to account for the lone run in the Giants' 1-0 triumph over the Padres Thursday.

Maxwell, who played previously for three teams, had seen the Giants record similar victories, particularly when he played for Houston in 2012-13.

"They always found a way to win when I was playing with the Astros," Maxwell said. "Guys expect to win."

Maxwell expected to deliver as he faced Padres right-hander Nick Vincent in the 12th. With one out, Brandon Crawford helped set the stage for Maxwell by lifting a popup to shallow left field that shortstop Clint Barmes reached for but missed; the ball fell for a two-base error. After Casey McGehee flied out, Vincent intentionally walked Gregor Blanco to force the Giants' hand with reliever George Kontos due up next. Up came Maxwell, who received a start in Wednesday night's series finale at Arizona and went 1-for-5.

Said Maxwell, who struck out in his only career at-bat against Vincent, "He was making some tough pitches. But I faced him a few years ago so I kind of knew what he featured."

Maxwell drove a 3-2 slider to right-center field, scoring Crawford.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.