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Pagan collects four hits in Giants' win

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DENVER -- A couple of games at hitter-friendly Coors Field has done wonders for what was a languishing San Francisco Giants offense.

Angel Pagan homered and had four hits to back a solid outing by Madison Bumgarner that sent the Giants past the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Saturday night.

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Buster Posey and Melky Cabrera also homered as the Giants pounded out a season-high 17 hits and beat Colorado for the fifth time in seven games this season, including four of five at Coors Field. It was the Rockies' 10th loss in 12 games.

San Francisco had 16 hits in a 16-4 rout of Colorado on Friday night.

"The guys answered back and did a good job the last couple of days," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's an old adage: get on the road and maybe the guys will come together and play better and get some confidence going. That's happened here and this is a park where hitters can get their confidence back. It's good to see some guys enjoying some success."

Bumgarner (12-6) kept the Rockies in check, allowing one run and five hits in six strong innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Pagan and Posey each had three RBI to help the Giants win consecutive games after a 1-7 skid. They own a half-game lead over second-place Los Angeles in the NL West.

"We struggled the last homestand, so it's been nice to come out and not only get a lot of hits, but to score some runs, as well," Posey said.

The surge of support didn't go unnoticed by Bumgarner.

"It seems like we always play pretty well here, and it seems like we caught it at the right time. The guys are swinging the bats great," Bumgarner said.

Jeff Francis (3-4) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings in his second-shortest outing since joining the Rockies in early June after beginning the year in Cincinnati's farm system. He struck out three and walked two.

"The tough part was we spotted them six in three and two-thirds innings," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "What I'm proud of is, the guys out there on the field, they keep busting their rear ends. They moved the ball around a little bit against a tough starting pitcher. We know how tough he is. A tough guy that's been tough on us in the past. We kept battling and got into their bullpen and did some things against their bullpen. What more can you ask them to do?"

Trailing 6-0, the Rockies got on the board when Josh Rutledge hit a solo homer off Bumgarner with one out in the sixth.

The Rockies rallied for a pair of runs off reliever Brad Penny in the seventh, getting an RBI single from Jonathan Herrera and a run-scoring double from rookie Matt McBride, who singled for his first major league hit earlier in the game.

But the Giants came back to tack on four more runs in the eighth. Brandon Belt doubled to start the inning and Pagan drove him in with a single. Ryan Theriot followed with an RBI double and, after Cabrera walked, Posey singled for his third RBI of the night. Gregor Blanco's pinch-hit sacrifice fly finished the outburst.

Pagan hit a solo shot off Rex Brothers in the ninth after the Rockies scored a pair of runs on Ramon Hernandez's double and a wild pitch by Sergio Romo that allowed Dexter Fowler to score from third base.

Cabrera put the Giants in front 3-0 in the third when he connected for his 11th homer, a solo shot off Francis that sailed into the left-field bleachers.

San Francisco got three more runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Joaquin Arias and Pagan and a bases-loaded walk to Cabrera, one of four walks he drew on the night.

The Giants broke on top in the first. Cabrera drew a two-out walk, and Posey followed by driving an 85 mph fastball from Francis onto the mezzanine behind the left-field bleachers for his 16th homer of the season and second in two nights.

Notes

  • Bochy said he is contemplating using third baseman Pablo Sandoval (hamstring strain) at first base now and then to cut down the risk of re-injury when Sandoval returns from the disabled list.
  • The Rockies placed OF Michael Cuddyer (strained right oblique) and LHP Christian Friedrich (stress fracture, lower back) on the 15-day DL and recalled INF-OF Matt McBride and RHP Edgmer Escalona from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
  • Pinch-hitter DJ LeMahieu had an RBI single in the ninth for Colorado.
  • Posey has six homers and 24 RBI in 18 games since the All Star break.
 
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Angel Pagan contributes four hits to the Giants' total of 17 in the game, a season high.  (Getty Images)
Angel Pagan contributes four hits to the Giants' total of 17 in the game, a season high. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Pagan
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

R. Hernandez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF6243000 .284
Ryan Theriot, 2B5121111 .269
Melky Cabrera, LF2312411 .352
Buster Posey, C6123015 .325
Hunter Pence, RF5010012 .265
Marco Scutaro, 3B4130101 .277
Brett Pill, 1B4010023 .204
    Brad Penny, P0000000 .000
   a- Gregor Blanco, PH0001000 .238
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Joaquin Arias, SS5121004 .248
Madison Bumgarner, P3100012 .140
    Brandon Belt, 1B2110000 .240
Totals4211171167  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Penny in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Theriot (13, Escalona), Hunter Pence (16, Francis), Brandon Belt (15, Escalona)
HR - Angel Pagan (6, Brothers), Melky Cabrera (11, Francis), Buster Posey (16, Francis)
SF - Gregor Blanco (2)
RBI - Angel Pagan 3 (39), Ryan Theriot (25), Melky Cabrera 2 (56), Buster Posey 3 (68), Gregor Blanco (27), Joaquin Arias (16)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (13), Melky Cabrera 2 (16), Buster Posey 2 (19)
SB - Angel Pagan (18, 3rd base off Escalona/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Arias-Theriot-Pill
E - Marco Scutaro (11, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (W,12-6) 6511171 3.03
Brad Penny 1322000 5.40
Clay Hensley 0.1122100 3.38
Sergio Romo 0.2200010 2.20
Javier Lopez 0.2311010 3.42
Santiago Casilla 0.1000000 3.38
WP - Sergio Romo (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 106-68, Brad Penny 15-11, Clay Hensley 11-5, Sergio Romo 12-9, Javier Lopez 18-12, Santiago Casilla 3-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 6-4, Brad Penny 2-1, Santiago Casilla 1-0
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 23, Brad Penny 6, Clay Hensley 3, Sergio Romo 4, Javier Lopez 5, Santiago Casilla 1
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., RF4120021 .269
Josh Rutledge, SS5111013 .346
Dexter Fowler, CF4110110 .294
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4120112 .326
Jordan Pacheco, 3B3000002 .303
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Mike Ekstrom, P0000000 .000
   a- Tyler Colvin, PH1000002 .282
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   b- DJ LeMahieu, PH1011000 .235
Ramon Hernandez, C5121012 .219
Matt McBride, 1B4121021 .500
Jonathan Herrera, 2B4021001 .248
Jeff Francis, P1010000 .063
    Josh Roenicke, P1000011 .111
    Wilin Rosario, 3B2000003 .242
Totals39614529  
a-popped out for Ekstrom in the 8th
b-singled for Brothers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (25, Bumgarner), Ramon Hernandez 2 (9, Penny, Romo), Matt McBride (1, Penny)
HR - Josh Rutledge (6, Bumgarner)
SH - Eric Young Jr. (4)
RBI - Josh Rutledge (15), DJ LeMahieu (4), Ramon Hernandez (22), Matt McBride (1), Jonathan Herrera (7)
2-OUT RBI - DJ LeMahieu (2)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (12, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (2, 3rd base by Bumgarner/Posey)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Herrera-Rutledge-McBride, Herrera-Rutledge
E - Wilin Rosario (10, Throwing), Josh Rutledge (5, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,3-4) 3.2966232 6.02
Josh Roenicke 2.2200220 2.31
Edgmer Escalona 1444100 12.27
Mike Ekstrom 0.2100000 8.03
Rex Brothers 1111121 4.25
WP - Edgmer Escalona (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 66-41, Josh Roenicke 47-25, Edgmer Escalona 33-20, Mike Ekstrom 10-7, Rex Brothers 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 4-3, Josh Roenicke 6-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 21, Josh Roenicke 13, Edgmer Escalona 7, Mike Ekstrom 3, Rex Brothers 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35242
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione