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DENVER -- Bruce Bochy gave his players a pep talk before Friday's game at Coors Field, and the San Francisco Giants responded with their biggest offensive night of the season.
Bochy, sensing the team needed a push, spoke to the players before batting practice.
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"It was time to talk to them and remind them where we're at here," Bochy said. "The biggest problem is we haven't been hitting, and you've got to create excitement by scoring runs. This game is going to humble you at times and you've got to man up and deal with it. You've got to be tougher."
The meeting was prompted by San Francisco's sudden lack of offense. The Giants were shut out twice and held to one run in two other games during their recent slump, but broke out against Colorado. They had a season high in runs and matched their season best with 16 hits.
"That meeting was very encouraging. We needed somebody to pick us up like that," Pagan said. "We felt like the energy level was down, to be honest. Just go out there and have fun."
San Francisco wasted no time in getting on the board against Jonathan Sanchez (0-3). The first four batters reached as the Giants took a 2-0 lead on their former teammate.
Sanchez, who tossed a no-hitter for the Giants on July 10, 2009, lasted only three innings, walking three and throwing two wild pitches.
Sanchez has struggled in three starts since coming to Colorado for Jeremy Guthrie on July 20. Friday's start was his shortest outing of his three games.
"I was in trouble in the first inning, threw a lot of pitches," Sanchez said. "The next two innings went quick. We have a pitch count here so I couldn't get deeper."
Pill made it 3-0 when he hit a leadoff homer in the fourth off Adam Ottavino.
Wilin Rosario homered for the Rockies, who have lost 9 of 11.
The Giants blew it open against Mike Ekstrom in the seventh. Vogelsong led off with a double and scored on Pagan's double. Ryan Theriot walked and Melky Cabrera doubled down the left-field line to make it 6-0.
Cabrera scored on Marco Scutaro's groundout to make it 7-0.
"We don't score like that very often, but the guys broke out of it," Bochy said. "We were in a pretty good funk there. It was a matter of time."
Vogelsong (9-5) cruised early. He retired the first nine batters of the game and allowed one hit through six innings.
"I felt pretty good. It's a tough place to pitch, man," he said. "The ball doesn't always do what you want to do. I was trying to keep them off the board as long as I could and give these guys a chance to relax and swing the bats. That was my goal."
The Rockies broke through in the seventh. Dexter Fowler led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. Jordan Pacheco and Todd Helton hit consecutive doubles, and one out later Rosario hit his 18th homer down the left-field line to make it 7-4.
"They hit some pitches I left up," Vogelsong said.
George Kontos relived Vogelsong and got the last two outs to end the inning.
Vogelsong allowed four runs and five hits, struck out seven and walked two in 6 1-3 innings.
"He was locating really well and the balls that we did hit were right at them," Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge said. "Couldn't really do much about that, couldn't get guys on base."
The Giants scored six times in the eighth -- three on Posey's 15th homer and two on wild pitches by Matt Reynolds. They added three more in the ninth.
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|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||4||3||1||2||0||0||.277|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||3||2||2||1||1||2||.267|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||4||2||1||2||1||0||0||.351|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Hector Sanchez, PH-C||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.278|
|Buster Posey, C||5||1||4||3||1||0||1||.325|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hunter Pence, RF||6||0||1||1||0||0||4||.266|
|Marco Scutaro, 3B||6||0||1||2||0||0||4||.272|
|Brett Pill, 1B||5||1||1||1||1||1||4||.202|
|Joaquin Arias, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||4||.244|
|Ryan Vogelsong, P||3||1||1||0||0||2||0||.077|
|George Kontos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Gregor Blanco, PH-LF||0||2||0||0||1||0||0||.238|
|a-doubled for Affeldt in the 9th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Kontos in the 8th|
|2B - Angel Pagan (20, Sanchez), Melky Cabrera (22, Ekstrom), Hector Sanchez (8, Torres), Ryan Vogelsong (1, Ekstrom)|
|3B - Angel Pagan (6, Ekstrom)|
|HR - Buster Posey (15, M. Reynolds), Brett Pill (4, Ottavino)|
|SH - Gregor Blanco (3)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (36), Ryan Theriot 2 (24), Melky Cabrera 2 (54), Hector Sanchez 2 (26), Buster Posey 3 (65), Hunter Pence (61), Marco Scutaro 2 (34), Brett Pill (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (14)|
|SB - Hunter Pence (5, 2nd base off Sanchez/Rosario)|
|CS - Angel Pagan (5, 2nd base by Sanchez/Rosario)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Scutaro-Theriot-Pill|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Ryan Vogelsong (W,9-5)||6.1||5||4||4||2||7||1||2.38|
|George Kontos (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.01|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 98-62, George Kontos 12-8, Jeremy Affeldt 13-10, Santiago Casilla 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 6-5, Santiago Casilla 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 25, George Kontos 2, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Santiago Casilla 3|
|Tyler Colvin, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.283|
|Josh Rutledge, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.355|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.294|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||2||0||0||1||1||1||0||.324|
|Jordan Pacheco, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.306|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.237|
|Wilin Rosario, C||3||1||1||2||0||1||0||.244|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Jonathan Sanchez, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Adam Ottavino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a- Eric Young Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Mike Ekstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ramon Hernandez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.212|
|Matt Reynolds, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Torres, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Ottavino in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Ekstrom in the 7th|
|2B - Jordan Pacheco (18, Vogelsong), Todd Helton (15, Vogelsong)|
|3B - Dexter Fowler (11, Vogelsong)|
|HR - Wilin Rosario (18, Vogelsong)|
|SF - Carlos Gonzalez (2)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (72), Todd Helton (37), Wilin Rosario 2 (44)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|E - Matt Reynolds (1, Throwing), Josh Rutledge (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jonathan Sanchez (L,1-9)||3||3||2||1||3||1||0||8.07|
|WP - Jonathan Sanchez 2 (6), Matt Reynolds 2 (5), Carlos Torres (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 67-33, Adam Ottavino 49-35, Mike Ekstrom 31-19, Matt Reynolds 33-21, Carlos Torres 38-23|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 3-5, Adam Ottavino 3-2, Mike Ekstrom 3-1, Matt Reynolds 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 15, Adam Ottavino 11, Mike Ekstrom 8, Matt Reynolds 10, Carlos Torres 8|
|Attendance - 30176|
|Game Time - 3:21|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Welke|