ANAHEIM -- So far in 2012, Giants reliever Shane Loux has been relegated to the role of the mop-up guy, always coming into the game when the club was trailing by a few runs.
But after seven appearances this season without pitching in a game the Giants won, Loux finally saw action in a Giants victory with his sixth-inning appearance in Monday's 5-3 win against the Angels.
"No one knows their role more than I do, and I'm OK with that," Loux said. "Every once in a while, though, it's nice when the phone rings, and they say your name and you look up at the scoreboard and it's a one-run game."
Before Monday, the Giants (38-30) had been trailing by an average of 3.43 runs when Loux entered. They were never leading, nor was the game ever tied.
The last time he pitched in a win came on Aug. 2, 2009, when he was with the Angels. He had spent all of '10 and '11 in the Minors. But since his first outing of the season on May 11, Loux has a 1.35 ERA in his 13 1/3 innings and has given up runs in just one of them.
"He commands the ball well, got some movement on it, and has a good breaking ball," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Though he's still looking for his first win since 2009, Loux said he's just glad to have pitched a meaningful inning as part of a victory.
"It's nice," Loux said. "I like getting work, but I like getting work to help the team win.
"I got a win in '03, and I got [two] wins in '09. Wait another few years and I'll get another."