The Giants evened up the series against the Rockies last night, winning 5-3, with the help of a pair of home runs by Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval to in the first inning to help set the tone.
With a man on and two outs in the top of the first, Pence crushed his 16th home run of the year. The monster shot was the longest home run hit in the majors so far this season with an estimated distance of 476 ft. Not to be outdone, Pablo Sandoval would follow up with a home run of his own. His solo shot was his 10th HR of the season and would mark the first time this year that the struggling Giants offense has hit back-to-back shots.
Rockies outfielder, Charlie Blackmon, who was filling in for an injured Dexter Fowler (knee), put Colorado on the board with a double in the bottom of the third as they tried to fight back from a 3-0 deficit. Bay Area native, Troy Tulowitzki, led off the fourth inning with a single and would later be driven home by an RBI single to right field by Wilin Rosario to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Giants were able to score in the sixth inning with an RBI single by Hector Sanchez which would prove to be the game winner and again in the seventh inning off a sacrifice fly by Marco Scutaro for an insurance run. Five runs off 13 hits is all the Giants would need as their pitching kept the ball out of the stands in this hitter friendly ball park.
Giants starter, Yusmeiro Petit, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno last Friday to replace Matt Cain, pitched well for the spot start last night. He allowed two runs on six hits through six innings of work. Sandy Rosario took over for Petit in the seventh and promptly issued a walk and gave up a double. Luckily, he was able to limit the damage to just one run in the inning.
That was the last run the Rockies would score as Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla worked the eight and Sergio Romo closed out the game in the ninth to earn his 32nd save of the season.