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           === Giants' Petit takes center stage again vs. Rockies ===
 (Sports  Network)  - San  Francisco's Hunter  Pence accomplished a respectable
 feat on Tuesday night by joining the 20/20 club.
 Yusmeiro Petit almost made history himself last time out.
 Petit  takes  the mound for the  first time since  his near perfect game as he
 tries  to pitch  the Giants to a  series victory on Wednesday afternoon in the
 finale of a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies.
 The  right-handed  Petit is making  a major  case to be  a part of the Giants'
 rotation next season, going 3-0 with a 1.71 earned run average in three starts
 this season while also making one extended relief appearance in July.
 In  his 40th  career start  last Friday,  Petit retired  the first  26 Arizona
 Diamondbacks  hitters  he faced before  yielding a single to pinch-hitter Eric
 Chavez,  who  smacked a  full-count fastball  into right  field that a sliding
 Pence could only trap.
 Petit  didn't let it faze him, though, as he got A.J. Pollock to ground out to
 third to end the game and finish off the Giants' 3-0 victory over Arizona.
 "I  was never thinking  of what was happening in the game," said Petit through
 an  interpreter.  "But after  I got  the last two  outs I  just wanted to keep
 throwing good pitches. I'm just happy that I'm up here and hope I can stay."
 Petit,  who became  the 12th player in  Major League history to lose a perfect
 game  with two  outs in the ninth  inning, struck out seven and needed just 95
 pitches to record his gem.
 "It  was  a beautiful game and  a tremendous display of pitching," said Giants
 manager  Bruce  Bochy. "I couldn't be  happier for him. He's been fighting his
 way to get up here and has been trying to send a message that he belongs here.
 That  game tonight was  very impressive with how he pounded the strike zone on
 both sides. He had 25 guys pulling for him so hard out there."
 The 28-year-old beat the Rockies on Aug. 27 in a start with six frames of two-
 run ball. He is 1-1 versus the club with a 6.00 ERA in seven games (5 starts).
 The  Giants  led 6-0 after four  innings in Tuesday night's contest before the
 Rockies  rallied for  eight straight  runs. Pence  then tied  the game  in the
 eighth  with  a two-run single, but  Colorado's Michael Cuddyer hit his second
 homer of the game in the ninth inning to give his club a 9-8 win.
 Cuddyer  also  hit a three-run homer  in the fifth  to help the Rockies snap a
 four-game slide and prevent the Giants from winning a third straight contest.
 "I  loved the  way we battled," said  Rockies manager Walt Weiss. "We got down
 six  (runs) and competed  really well and found a way to win that game. It's a
 huge win for us."
 Pence had four hits and matched a career high with six RBI. He hit a three-run
 homer in the game, giving him 20 homers and 21 stolen bases on the season.
 Pence became the seventh player since the Giants moved to San Francisco to hit
 at  least 20  homers and steal 20 bases  in a season. The last was Barry Bonds
 (37 HR, 28 steals) in 1998 and others to do it since the move out west include
 Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Jeffrey Leonard, Glenallen Hill and Orlando Cepeda.
 "It's a great accomplishment," said catcher Buster Posey. "It's hard not to be
 a  huge fan of  Hunter's. From the time he gets here until the time he leaves,
 he's probably the hardest worker I've ever seen."
 Pence  is also  the third  player in  the majors  to hit  the 20/20  mark this
 season,  joining Colorado's  Carlos Gonzalez and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles
 Pence  will try to  stay hot today against Colorado's Juan Nicasio, who is 8-7
 with a 4.68 ERA in 27 starts this season.
 The 27-year-old righty is coming off a no-decision versus San Diego on Friday,
 giving up two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two walks. He also fanned
 seven in a game his club lost 4-3.
 Nicasio will face the Giants for the fifth time in 2013. He is 2-0 with a 2.45
 ERA over the first four encounters, though both wins came at home.
 The  Giants  and Rockies split  16 meetings this  season ahead of this series,
 with San Francisco winning five of six at home.
 09/11 10:53:37 ET