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Giants rally to overcome Astros

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HOUSTON -- Ryan Vogelsong had a tough time early in his start on Thursday night.

But after using six relievers a night before, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy was forced to stick with him despite giving up four runs through three innings.

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Vogelsong (12-7) bounced back, pitching three scoreless frames before Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and the Giants rallied again for an 8-4 win over the Houston Astros.

"He kept grinding and that was a gritty effort," Bochy said. "He knew that we needed some innings out of him and he kept going and ends up getting a win. That shows you how tough he is. That was a tough start the first three innings."

The Giants were down 4-0 after four innings. They cut the lead to one with a three-run fifth inning, and Pablo Sandoval singled in a run in the seventh to tie it. Pence, who hit a three-run homer on Wednesday, then caused trouble for his former team again, this time with a two RBI grounder off Fernando Rodriguez (1-9) to shallow center field that put San Francisco on top 6-4.

San Francisco came back to win the opener of the series and Thursday's win completed their sixth sweep this season.

"Great comeback -- a couple of great comebacks here," Bochy said. "They played us tough."

Joaquin Arias added a solo homer in the eighth for the NL-East-leading Giants.

Vogelsong allowed seven hits and four runs. Sergio Romo got the last out of the ninth for his eighth save.

Tyler Greene homered for the Astros, who dropped to 1-9 under interim manager Tony DeFrancesco. DeFrancesco took over on Aug. 19 after Brad Mills became the first manager in the majors to be fired this season.

"The bottom line is we had lead going into the seventh inning, and somebody is going to have to step up out in that bullpen, and they're going to have to make pitches when they have to," DeFrancesco said.

The announced attendance was just 12,835, which set a record for the smallest crowd in the history of Houston's 12-year-old ballpark for the third straight game. The struggling Astros were competing for fans on Thursday night with both the Texans, who were hosting the Vikings in a preseason game, and Rice which took on UCLA.

Pence walked in the eighth inning and scored from first when Brandon Belt tied a career-high with his fourth hit of the night -- a double to right field -- to extend the lead to 8-4.

Belt, who is from Nacogdoches, Texas, had a large group of family at the park for the first two games of the series. Unfortunately his wife and several members of the group went home early and missed Thursday's game after becoming ill with what he thinks was food poisoning the night before.

"Too bad my family already left," Belt said, adding that he was up all night Wednesday tending to his sick wife.

Things looked good for the Astros early. Jose Altuve hit a leadoff single before scoring on a two-out double by Jason Castro, which a diving Pence barely missed in right field.

Jimmy Paredes singled to center field to score Castro and put Houston up 2-0.

Houston's Matt Dominguez, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, hit his first career triple to lead off the second inning. He scored on a sacrifice bunt by Brian Bogusevic to push the lead to 3-0.

Greene's opposite field solo shot in the third inning left Houston on top 4-0.

"I was just kind of off early with everything -- mechanically, tempo. Everything was just kind of out of whack," Vogelsong said. "It wasn't really one thing that I changed to get going, it just kind of started falling into place."

Houston starter Jordan Lyles yielded seven hits with three runs in five innings.

Gregor Blanco singled and advanced to third on a one-out single by Vogelsong in the fifth inning. Angel Pagan cut Houston's lead to 4-1 with his run-scoring double before an RBI single by Marco Scutaro.

The Giants got within 4-3 when Pagan scored on a sacrifice fly.

Lyles got into trouble in the second inning when three consecutive singles left the bases loaded with no outs. He wriggled out of that jam by retiring the next three batters to end the inning. The last out of the inning was a nifty one, as Lyles grabbed a comebacker from Vogelsong.

Notes

  • Astros' OF Justin Maxwell entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning. It was the first time he's played since Aug. 21 because of a bruised right index finger.
  • Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel was optioned to Oklahoma City to make room on the roster for Dominguez.
  • Houston OF Ben Francisco, who was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with discomfort in his right wrist, also sat out Thursday.
  • The Astros open a series with Cincinnati on Friday and the Giants travel to face the Cubs.
 
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Hunter Pence delivers a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning to help the Giants overcome an earlier 4-0 deficit.  (Getty Images)
Hunter Pence delivers a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning to help the Giants overcome an earlier 4-0 deficit. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Belt
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Houston

M. Dominguez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5111010 .290
Marco Scutaro, 2B5121000 .286
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4112000 .285
Buster Posey, C4110101 .324
Hunter Pence, RF4122120 .262
Brandon Belt, 1B5041000 .269
Gregor Blanco, LF5120037 .240
Brandon Crawford, SS2000004 .241
   a- Joaquin Arias, PH-SS2111001 .285
Ryan Vogelsong, P2110003 .087
   b- Hector Sanchez, PH1000000 .263
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   c- Francisco Peguero, PH1000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals40815826  
a-popped out for Crawford in the 6th
b-popped out for Vogelsong in the 7th
c-grounded out for Mota in the 8th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (30, Lyles), Marco Scutaro (24, F. Rodriguez), Brandon Belt 2 (23, Wright, Cruz)
HR - Joaquin Arias (4, Cruz)
SF - Pablo Sandoval (6)
RBI - Angel Pagan (50), Marco Scutaro (50), Pablo Sandoval 2 (45), Hunter Pence 2 (80), Brandon Belt (40), Joaquin Arias (30)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (12), Hunter Pence 2 (29), Brandon Belt (10)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1
DP - Scutaro-Crawford
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (W,12-7) 6744171 3.02
Guillermo Mota (H,4) 1000110 5.11
Javier Lopez (H,14) 1.2200000 2.30
Sergio Romo (S,8) 0.1000010 1.99
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 101-67, Guillermo Mota 14-8, Javier Lopez 24-19, Sergio Romo 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 4-5, Guillermo Mota 2-0, Javier Lopez 3-2
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 24, Guillermo Mota 4, Javier Lopez 7, Sergio Romo 1
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B4110011 .297
Tyler Greene, SS4111000 .226
Brett Wallace, 1B4000011 .289
Jason Castro, C3111110 .259
Jimmy Paredes, RF4021000 .200
Fernando Martinez, LF3000022 .177
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    Rhiner Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Marwin Gonzalez, PH1000000 .234
Matt Dominguez, 3B4130000 .417
Brian Bogusevic, CF2011101 .210
Jordan Lyles, P1000010 .133
   b- Brandon Barnes, PH1000010 .170
    Xavier Cedeno, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Justin Maxwell, LF2000022 .233
Totals3349429  
a-grounded out for Cruz in the 9th
b-struck out for Lyles in the 5th
Batting
2B - Jason Castro (12, Vogelsong), Matt Dominguez (1, Vogelsong)
3B - Matt Dominguez (1, Vogelsong)
HR - Tyler Greene (8, Vogelsong)
SF - Brian Bogusevic (1)
RBI - Tyler Greene (25), Jason Castro (22), Jimmy Paredes (2), Brian Bogusevic (24)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Castro (11), Jimmy Paredes (1)
SB - Brian Bogusevic (13, 2nd base off Mota/Posey)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jimmy Paredes 1
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles 5733020 5.46
Xavier Cedeno (H,2) 0.2100020 4.43
Fernando Rodriguez (BS,4; L,1-9) 1333110 5.96
Wesley Wright 0.1100010 3.35
Rhiner Cruz 2322101 6.94
IBB - Posey by Fernando Rodriguez
WP - Fernando Rodriguez 2 (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 85-54, Xavier Cedeno 13-8, Fernando Rodriguez 26-13, Wesley Wright 8-5, Rhiner Cruz 27-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 6-7, Rhiner Cruz 1-4
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 22, Xavier Cedeno 3, Fernando Rodriguez 7, Wesley Wright 2, Rhiner Cruz 9
Game Information
Attendance - 12835
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Paul Schrieber