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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.
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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.
|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 Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||6||2||4||3||0||0||0||.284|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||1||2||1||1||1||1||.269|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||2||3||1||2||4||1||1||.352|
|Buster Posey, C||6||1||2||3||0||1||5||.325|
|Hunter Pence, RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.265|
|Marco Scutaro, 3B||4||1||3||0||1||0||1||.277|
|Brett Pill, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.204|
|Brad Penny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Gregor Blanco, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.238|
|Clay Hensley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joaquin Arias, SS||5||1||2||1||0||0||4||.248|
|Madison Bumgarner, P||3||1||0||0||0||1||2||.140|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.240|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Penny in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Arias-Theriot-Pill|
|E - Marco Scutaro (11, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Madison Bumgarner (W,12-6)||6||5||1||1||1||7||1||3.03|
|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|
|Eric Young Jr., RF||4||1||2||0||0||2||1||.269|
|Josh Rutledge, SS||5||1||1||1||0||1||3||.346|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.294|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||1||2||0||1||1||2||.326|
|Jordan Pacheco, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.303|
|Edgmer Escalona, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Ekstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tyler Colvin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.282|
|Rex Brothers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- DJ LeMahieu, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.235|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||5||1||2||1||0||1||2||.219|
|Matt McBride, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||2||1||.500|
|Jonathan Herrera, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.248|
|Jeff Francis, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.063|
|Josh Roenicke, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.111|
|Wilin Rosario, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.242|
|a-popped out for Ekstrom in the 8th|
|b-singled for Brothers in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Herrera-Rutledge-McBride, Herrera-Rutledge|
|E - Wilin Rosario (10, Throwing), Josh Rutledge (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jeff Francis (L,3-4)||3.2||9||6||6||2||3||2||6.02|
|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|
|Attendance - 35242|
|Game Time - 3:26|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione|