Bumgarner, Pagan lead Giants past Rockies 11-6
DENVER (AP)—A couple of games at hitter-friendly Coors Field has done wonders for what was a languishing San Francisco Giants offense.
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 RBIs 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 RBIs in 18 games since the All Star break.