National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Houston|
(Wednesday, August 29th)
Final Score: San Francisco 6, Houston 4
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer in the first
inning and the San Francisco Giants went on to beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on
Joaquin Arias added a two-run triple for the Giants, who have won the first
two games of the three-game series and nine of their last 12.
Barry Zito lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, and
George Kontos (1-0) earned his first win in 39 major league appearances with 2
2/3 perfect innings, striking out four.
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel (1-7) retired 14 batters in a row after Pence's
homer in the first inning but took the loss. Four of the five runs he gave up
in five innings came in the first.
The Astros have lost four in a row and are 1-11 in their last 12 games.
There was a record-low attendance for the second day in a row at Minute Maid
Park. The 13,207 fans Wednesday night came after the teams drew 13,516 on
"The vibe in the clubhouse and in the dugout has been positive," Astros first
baseman Brett Wallace said despite the struggles. "I feel like the energy
level has been high. We've been in a lot of games we've played."
The Giants jumped on Keuchel in the first. After Angel Pagan hit a leadoff
double and scored on Pablo Sandoval's single, Buster Posey walked and Pence
cleared the bases with his 19th homer of the season.
Chris Snyder hit a one-out double in the second inning and scored Houston's
first run on Brandon Barnes' single. The Astros pulled within 4-3 in the third
on Wallace's RBI single and Jimmy Paredes' sacrifice fly.
Zito came out after giving up a single to Fernando Martinez. He and Kontos
were just two of seven pitchers used by the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy
credited one of them in particular for coming up big.
"First guy in saves you and that's what Kontos did. Gave us two good innings,"
San Francisco pushed its lead to 6-3 in the sixth, sparked by a leadoff double
from Marco Scutaro. After Keuchel walked Sandoval he was replaced by Mickey
Storey, who got Posey on a double play.
But Pence reached on Scott Moore's throwing error from third and Arias drove a
ball to left that Martinez dove for and missed, ending in a two-run triple.
Moore hit an RBI single in the sixth but the Astros had just two more runners
the rest of the game. Javier Lopez came in for Santiago Casilla in the ninth
and got a double play to end the game and earn his fifth save of the season.
The Giants have won a season-high five in a row on the road ... Bochy evened
his career record at 1,433-1,433 ... Keuchel is winless (0-7) in his last 10
08/30 01:16:42 ET