Update 7:08 p.m. From AP:
The San Francisco Giants raised the flag and the Cardinals dropped the ball.
Aaron Rowand(notes) hit a game-winning single off the left-field wall with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and the Giants celebrated raising the World Series flag with a 5-4 victory over St. Louis on Friday.
First baseman Albert Pujols(notes) dropped what would have been an inning-ending grounder by Andres Torres(notes) with two outs in the 12th. Torres reached on the error and advanced to second on defensive indifference. Brian Tallet(notes) (0-1), the sixth Cardinals pitcher, intentionally walked Freddy Sanchez(notes) to load the bases. Rowand then drove a pitch to deep left-center, capping a long, festive home opener that lasted 4 hours, 24 minutes.
Dan Runzler(notes) (1-1), the Giants’ eighth pitcher, tossed a 1-2-3 12th for the victory. Full article
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The Splash live-blogged the opening ceremonies, which included this entry:
1:21 After presenting Ross and Lincecum with some post-season awards, team honors fallen Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was hurt badly in a fight after a Giants-Dodgers game in Los Angeles last week. After a moment of silence, the crowd breaks into a "Beat L.A." chant.
Update 4:20 p.m. On SFist, watch Brian Wilson help raise the World Series flag. And then eat it!