Colorado at San Francisco

W: C. Hensley (4-3) L: M. Belisle (3-4)
HR: COL - None   SF - H. Pence (18)

Pence keys Giants rally over Rockies wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos Torres was ready to celebrate a big day in the ballpark in which he grew up watching baseball. A late rally cost him the victory, but not his memories.

Torres singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and pitched two solid innings for the Rockies in his first appearance in San Francisco.

Hunter Pence's three-run home run in the eighth inning against Rafael Betancourt snapped a tie and gave the San Francisco Giants a 9-6 victory over Colorado on Sunday.

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"It's kind of nice to hit that in front of my father," Torres said of his first career hit and RBI. "This is home to me. Every time I come back here is something special."

Once D.J. LeMahieu doubled in a run one batter earlier to tie the game, Torres was told to hit for himself.

"I was told originally they were going to pinch hit for me," Torres said. "Then they said, 'No, go out there and hit.' So I hustled back out there. Second pitch, I literally got lucky. I didn't think I got it through so I was running as fast as I could."

He also recorded a shutdown inning in the seventh and was in line for a win before the Giants rallied.

"He bounced back after getting the lead," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "That's where we wanted to be."

Matt Belisle (3-4) took the loss after allowing the first three hitters he faced to reach base. Betancourt gave up Buster Posey's sacrifice fly to left and Pence's drive into the left-field bleachers.

Clay Hensley (4-3) pitched the eighth for the win.

Eric Young had three hits and drove in a run for the Rockies, who have lost three of four. Starting pitcher Alex White also drove in a run.

"We did everything we could to try and win that game," Tracy said. "We played with heart and we played with energy. The key to the whole eighth inning is when the leadoff pop up fell. I really believe that if we record that out, that inning was going to go cleanly. I believe that. We opened the door for them."

Giants starter Barry Zito lasted 5 1-3 innings, giving up four runs and seven hits. White allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings.

"We just made a mistake in the first inning," White said. "I just wanted to keep us in the game."

The Giants trailed 6-4 when Brandon Crawford singled, pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez doubled, and Angel Pagan walked to open the eighth. After Belisle got Marco Scutaro on a short fly to left, Melky Cabrera delivered an infield single to score a run.

Betancourt came in to face Posey, who fouled off five consecutive pitches before the deep fly. Pence, hitting .137 since being acquired by the Giants, then hit his 18th home run of the season.

Young and Josh Rutledge each doubled home a run in the third, and White's sacrifice fly in the fourth tied it at 3.

Ryan Theriot's double put the Giants back on top in the fifth, setting up Torres' hit in the sixth.


  • White recorded his first career RBI.
  • LHP Jeff Francis (3-4, 6.06) pitches Monday for the Rockies against the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Rockies IF Jordan Pacheco went 2 for 4 for his 24th multi-hit game.
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Hunter Pence's eighth-inning three-run homer snaps the tie and sends the Giants to a dramatic victory.  (US Presswire)
Hunter Pence's eighth-inning three-run homer snaps the tie and sends the Giants to a dramatic victory. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

E. Young
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
San Francisco

H. Pence
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Colorado Rockies
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Josh Rutledge, SS5021022 .327
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    Mike Ekstrom, P0000000 .000
Dexter Fowler, CF5120013 .292
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5000003 .315
Wilin Rosario, C3100210 .237
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4121011 .305
Chris Nelson, 3B4010013 .260
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3221110 .268
Alex White, P0001000 .105
    Carlos Torres, P1011000 .500
    Matt Belisle, P1000000 .000
    Jonathan Herrera, SS0000000 .252
2B - Eric Young Jr. (5, Zito), Josh Rutledge (10, Zito), Chris Nelson (10, Zito), DJ LeMahieu (5, Kontos)
SF - Jordan Pacheco (4), Alex White (1)
SH - Alex White (3)
RBI - Eric Young Jr. (10), Josh Rutledge (20), Jordan Pacheco (27), DJ LeMahieu (6), Alex White (1), Carlos Torres (1)
2-OUT RBI - DJ LeMahieu (3), Carlos Torres (1)
SB - Josh Rutledge (4, 2nd base off Hensley/Posey), Dexter Fowler (10, 2nd base off Hensley/Posey), Jordan Pacheco (5, 2nd base off Kontos/Posey)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gonzalez 1
DP - LeMahieu-Pacheco
Colorado Rockies
Alex White 4733230 5.82
Carlos Torres 2111210 4.39
Matt Belisle (H,18; L,3-4) 1.1444210 3.34
Rafael Betancourt (BS,5) 0.1211001 2.83
Mike Ekstrom 0.1000010 6.32
IBB - Crawford by Alex White
WP - Alex White (3), Carlos Torres (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex White 82-48, Carlos Torres 34-19, Matt Belisle 35-21, Rafael Betancourt 16-12, Mike Ekstrom 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 8-1, Carlos Torres 3-1, Matt Belisle 1-2
Batters Faced - Alex White 21, Carlos Torres 8, Matt Belisle 10, Rafael Betancourt 3, Mike Ekstrom 1
San Francisco Giants
Angel Pagan, CF4210100 .278
Marco Scutaro, 3B-2B5110013 .277
Melky Cabrera, LF5223001 .348
Buster Posey, C1011300 .332
Hunter Pence, RF5113025 .258
Brandon Belt, 1B4141100 .260
Ryan Theriot, 2B5021014 .268
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS3110102 .241
Barry Zito, P2000014 .083
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   a- Gregor Blanco, PH1000010 .234
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   b- Hector Sanchez, PH1010000 .278
    Joaquin Arias, PR-3B0100000 .262
a-struck out for Kontos in the 6th
b-doubled for Hensley in the 8th
2B - Angel Pagan (21, White), Brandon Belt 2 (18, White, Betancourt), Ryan Theriot (14, Torres), Hector Sanchez (9, Belisle)
HR - Hunter Pence (18, Betancourt)
SF - Buster Posey (7)
RBI - Melky Cabrera 3 (60), Buster Posey (76), Hunter Pence 3 (70), Brandon Belt (34), Ryan Theriot (27)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence 3 (27), Ryan Theriot (9)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Crawford-Theriot-Belt
E - Brandon Belt (3, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito 5.1744230 4.29
George Kontos (BS,1) 0.2311020 2.42
Clay Hensley (W,4-3) 2311110 3.40
Javier Lopez (H,12) 0.1000000 2.92
Sergio Romo 0.2000010 2.00
IBB - LeMahieu by Barry Zito
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 88-55, George Kontos 11-9, Clay Hensley 35-23, Javier Lopez 2-1, Sergio Romo 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 6-6, Clay Hensley 2-3, Javier Lopez 1-0, Sergio Romo 1-0
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 24, George Kontos 5, Clay Hensley 10, Javier Lopez 1, Sergio Romo 2
Game Information
Attendance - 41492
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Greg Gibson