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Marlins, Cousins feel bad for Posey, but remain confident the collision was clean

SAN FRANCISCO -- Scott Cousins knew from the moment Nate Schierholtz camped under the ball in shallow right field he was going to have to come racing toward home full speed to have any chance to score.

What Cousins was hoping to find was a lane to slide through. But Giants catcher Buster Posey never gave him one.

So Cousins used his shoulder instead, bowling over Posey to pave the way for the winning run in the Marlins 7-6, 12-inning victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.

"I don't know if I'm going to be welcomed at home as much anymore, but it's a baseball play," Cousins said. "I feel bad for Buster Posey. I hope he's okay, I really do. I'm going to send a message over there to him.

"But at the same time, we got to keep stringing wins together. We're in an extremely tough division and we know the Phillies got a tough win [Wednesday] also. There's no time for us ever to back down."

The Marlins (28-19) had plenty of reasons to fold Wednesday. Up 6-2 in the ninth inning, Edward Mujica and Leo Nunez teammed up to blow the four run, costing Nunez, the major league leader in saves, his first blown save opportunity in 19 tries.

But the Marlins, who improved their major-league best road record to 14-7 road, showed resiliency by rallying to win the game in the 12th.

John Buck started the rally with a single to left, his first hit in 15 at-bats. Cousins tried to move him to second with a sacrifice bunt, but couldn't get the job done, forcing Buck out on a bouncer back to the mound. But one batter later, Cousins went from first to third on Omar Infante's single to right on a called hit and run, bringing Emilio Bonifacio to the plate.

Bonifacio then lifted a soft fly ball to right field, setting the stage for a mammoth collision at the plate that left the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year squirming in pain and with an injured left ankle.

Replays showed Posey never caught the ball, which came in on a bounce. But Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez contends the play was clean.

"It's a baseball play," Cousins said. "It's part of the risk of being a catcher. We're trying to win the game also. I'm not going to concede the out by any means. I'm on this team to do the little things to help this team win and if that means going hard and forcing the issue because I have speed, that's what I'm going to do. I'm not going to concede an out."

Cousins spent a few moments kneeling at home after the play was over hoping to see Posey was okay. But he had to be helped off the field by Giants trainers.

"You never want to see an opposing catcher get hurt like that, it's scary stuff," said Mike Stanton, who had four hits and four RBI for the Marlins. "I believe it was clean. It's not like he went out of his way to go hit him. He went straight over the plate."