Final Score: San Francisco 5, Colorado 4 (10 innings)
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Crawford hit a game-winning
home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the San Francisco Giants to
a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the rubber game of a three-game set
Sergio Romo (1-0) allowed one hit and struck out a batter in the top of the
10th to keep it a tie game and earn the win.
Crawford, who finished with two RBI, led off the 10th and blasted Rex
Brothers' (1-1) second offering into McCovey's Cove.
"Anytime you come in here it's going to be tough," said Brothers. "To come
away short with that one stings a little more, especially for me personally."
Pablo Sandoval crushed a solo homer and Angel Pagan added two RBI for the
Giants, who saw starter Tim Hudson hurl 7 1/3 innings and allow four runs on
five hits with five strikeouts.
"This was a big game for us to be at home and get this series," said Giants
manager Bruce Bochy. "We're showing already we're going to play a lot of tough
ballgames. I thought that this was a big ballgame with LA coming in."
Wilin Rosario and Justin Morneau each slammed solo shots for Colorado, which
has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games. DJ LaMahieu and
Drew Stubbs had an RBI apiece in the setback.
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, who was activated from the disabled list prior
to the game, allowed four runs with five strikeouts over six innings of work.
Rosario opened the scoring in the second with his homer to left, but the
Giants responded with three runs in the fifth to take the lead.
Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Michael Morse
followed with a single to left that enabled Pence to take third base. Crawford
hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Pence and tied the game at 1-1.
Brandon Hicks singled, then he and Morse moved up a base on a wild pitch by
Chatwood before Pagan singled to right, increasing the margin to 3-1.
Sandoval led off the bottom of the sixth with a homer to right and Morneau
answered in the following inning with a solo shot to cut the deficit in half,
4-2, after seven.
Nolan Arenado and LeMahieu clubbed doubles to leadoff the eighth, with
LeMahieu's two-bagger driving in Arenado. Stubbs singled in LeMahieu after a
sacrifice bunt from Brandon Barnes to knot the game at 4-4.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Gregor Blanco crushed one to right
that caromed off the wall toward the right-field line. Michael Cuddyer fell
once in hit the wall and then had trouble picking the ball up which allowed
Blanco the chance for an inside-the-park homer. Cuddyer rifled it in to
LaMahieu, who fired to the plate to nab Blanco.
The Rockies open up a four-game set at San Diego on Monday ... San Francisco
starts a three-game series with the Dodgers on Tuesday ... Colorado was 2-
for-2 with runners in scoring position ... The Giants were 1-for-2 with
runners in scoring position.
04/13 21:46:37 ET
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