The San Francisco Giants finally recorded a winning homestand for the first time since late May, defeating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Wednesday afternoon.
The Giants handed the ball to Yusmeiro Petit, who was making his first start since coming one strike away from a throwing a perfect game last Friday night. Petit needed just 11 pitches to retire the Rockies in order in the first.
The game remained scoreless heading into the bottom of the third, when Gregor Blanco led off the inning with a single. After the next two Giants batters made outs, Hunter Pence singled to keep the inning alive. Pablo Sandoval came to the plate and delivered with an RBI single to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Petit surrendered a walk and single to two straight Rockie batters. Third baseman Nolan Arenado tied the game at 1 with single off Petit. The Rockies had runners on first and third with one out in the top of the sixth, when Arenado singled home another run and one batter later, left fielder Charlie Culberson extended the Rockies lead to 3-1 with an RBI single that knocked Petit out of the game.
The Giants were given free passes in the bottom of the seventh, when Rockies reliever Josh Outman walked the first three batters to load the bases for Pence, who came a foot away from a grand slam, but had to settle for an RBI sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-2.
Brandon Crawford and pinch-hitter Angel Pagan both singled leading off the bottom of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza advanced both runners with a successful sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Buster Posey was intentionally walked loading the bases for Marco Scutaro, who produced an opposite field single to tie the game at 3. Brandon Belt connected with another opposite field hit to give the Giants a 4-3 lead. Belt has produced 27 RBI's in the 7th inning or later, which is tied for the 4th-most in the National League. Pence grounded into a force out and Sandoval struck out to end the inning.
Santiago Casilla needed 16 pitches in the top of the ninth to secure his second save of the season and a 4-3 Giants win. They finish the homestand with a 4-3 record and win the season series over the Rockies 10-9.
Petit earned a no-decision going 5.2 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, two walks, seven strikeouts and threw 102 pitches. Guillermo Moscoso notched the win (2-2) on the day.
Scutaro and Crawford each led the Giants with two hits on the day and the Giants left 13 men on base. The Giants committed zero errors during the whole homestand.
The 66-80 Giants begin a 10-game road trip Thursday night with a four-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Matt Cain (8-9) takes on Zack Greinke (14-3) in the opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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