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Sandoval, Giants top Rockies, win eighth straight

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DENVER -- The San Francisco Giants headed home with their playoff hopes still alive.

Pablo Sandoval homered twice in an eight-run fourth inning, part of a six-home run barrage that led the late-charging Giants over the Colorado Rockies 12-5 Sunday for their eighth straight win.

On its longest winning streak since April 2007, San Francisco closed within four games of Atlanta, the NL wild-card leader.

"We've done what we needed to do," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's obvious we need help. We've got to find a way to get [wins] and see what happens at the end."

Pitcher Matt Cain, Mike Fontenot, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford also homered for the Giants, who remained five games back of Arizona in the NL West.

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The defending World Series champions have nine games left, including three against the Diamondbacks.

"We feel like we've got a really good shot," Belt said.

Cain (12-10) allowed five runs -- three earned -- five hits, four walks and two hit batters in five innings. He helped himself with two hits, including his first home run since May 13, 2008, against Houston.

"I never found a rhythm," he said. "I was really working and putting a lot of pressure on myself throughout the five innings."

Bochy said he was one batter from taking Cain out in the fifth, but Cain got Tommy Field to hit into an inning-ending double play.

"He looked like he didn't know how to pitch with a lead like that," Bochy said.

In a four-game sweep of the Rockies, the Giants piled up 35 runs and 48 hits. Sandoval led the way with a seven hits, including three homers, in three games. He started the series by hitting for the cycle Thursday and ended it with his second multihomer game this season.

"What a series he had," Bochy said. "Pretty impressive. Pablo was locked in."

Sandoval led off the fourth with a homer to center off Esmil Rogers (6-6). One out later, Belt homered and Crawford doubled. Cain followed with a homer to center.

Sandoval ended the rally with his 22nd homer, a drive into the right-field bleachers for 10-1 lead.

"I said to my teammates, `I got the hard ones. We'll see what happens.' When you get the hard ones, it's tough to get the easy ones," Sandoval said. "I wasn't thinking about the cycle, you just want to get a pitch to drive the guy in. I got a good pitch, and I hit a home run."

Fontenot had given the Giants a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first.

Colorado scored twice each in the fourth and fifth innings to close the gap, but a solo homer by Crawford helped the Giants stay comfortably ahead.

Ty Wigginton and Seth Smith had two hits each for Colorado, which has lost five of six.

Rogers allowed nine runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, dropping to 0-4 with a 7.81 ERA since winning three straight starts in late July and early August.

"The ball was very true going through the strike zone and somewhere between belt and mid-thigh area," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "When you do that, you're going to get hit by good big league hitters. That's exactly what happened."

Notes

  • The Giants activated closer Brian Wilson from the 15-day DL.
  • The previous San Francisco player to homer twice in the same inning was Juan Uribe last Sept. 23 against the Chicago Cubs.
  • The last time the Giants hit four home runs in one inning was Aug. 23, 1961, at Cincinnati. They last hit six homers in one game Aug. 7, 2006, at Arizona.
  • The Giants open a three-game home series against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will face Clayton Kershaw in the opener.
  • Colorado finishes its home schedule with a three-game series against San Diego starting Monday.
 
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Pablo Sandoval helps the Giants rout the Rockies by blasting two home runs in an eight-run fourth inning.  (Getty Images)
Pablo Sandoval helps the Giants rout the Rockies by blasting two home runs in an eight-run fourth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

M. Fontenot
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4200202 .219
Mike Fontenot, 2B4212001 .221
Carlos Beltran, RF5221010 .301
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4234101 .310
Aubrey Huff, 1B4010001 .248
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   a- Conor Gillaspie, PH1010000 .273
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
Brandon Belt, LF-1B5111015 .216
Brandon Crawford, SS5221011 .200
Eli Whiteside, C5000011 .207
Matt Cain, P3122000 .127
    Justin Christian, LF1000100 .130
Totals4112131144  
a-singled for Ramirez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (38, Romero), Brandon Crawford (4, Rogers)
3B - Pablo Sandoval (3, Rogers)
HR - Mike Fontenot (4, Rogers), Pablo Sandoval 2 (22, Rogers, Reynolds), Brandon Belt (8, Rogers), Brandon Crawford (3, Reynolds), Matt Cain (1, Rogers)
RBI - Mike Fontenot 2 (16), Carlos Beltran (82), Pablo Sandoval 4 (67), Brandon Belt (16), Brandon Crawford (20), Matt Cain 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (31), Pablo Sandoval 3 (23), Matt Cain 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-Fontenot-Huff
E - Mike Fontenot (7, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (W,12-10) 5553430 2.86
Ramon Ramirez 2000210 2.77
Brian Wilson 1000020 3.13
Javier Lopez 1100000 2.79
HBP - Pacheco (by Matt Cain), Kouzmanoff (by Matt Cain)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 111-69, Ramon Ramirez 40-21, Brian Wilson 16-10, Javier Lopez 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 7-5, Ramon Ramirez 5-0, Javier Lopez 3-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 26, Ramon Ramirez 8, Brian Wilson 3, Javier Lopez 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., CF3101200 .231
Chris Nelson, 2B5010012 .247
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4000000 .302
Seth Smith, RF4121000 .285
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B2100212 .221
Ty Wigginton, LF3121103 .248
Chris Iannetta, C3111102 .237
Thomas Field, SS4000033 .250
Esmil Rogers, P1000000 .269
    Greg Reynolds, P1000000 .143
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Ellis, PH1000000 .249
    Jason Hammel, P1000010 .156
    Josh Roenicke, P0000000 .000
Totals3256466  
a-grounded out for Romero in the 6th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (30, Cain), Ty Wigginton (20, Cain)
SF - Seth Smith (7)
RBI - Eric Young Jr. (10), Seth Smith (58), Ty Wigginton (46), Chris Iannetta (50)
SB - Eric Young Jr. 2 (23, 2nd base off Cain/Whiteside, 2nd base off Cain/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Chris Nelson (8, Dropped fly)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Esmil Rogers (L,6-6) 3.2799204 6.64
Greg Reynolds 1.1422002 6.21
J.C. Romero 1110020 3.75
Jason Hammel 2100120 4.85
Josh Roenicke 1000100 1.93
HBP - Fontenot (by Esmil Rogers)
Pitches-Strikes - Esmil Rogers 72-45, Greg Reynolds 22-15, J.C. Romero 23-14, Jason Hammel 32-21, Josh Roenicke 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmil Rogers 1-10, Greg Reynolds 1-3, J.C. Romero 1-1, Jason Hammel 2-2, Josh Roenicke 1-2
Batters Faced - Esmil Rogers 21, Greg Reynolds 8, J.C. Romero 5, Jason Hammel 8, Josh Roenicke 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31875
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Paul Schrieber