The San Francisco Giants came back from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-6 behind a four-run fourth inning that was highlighted by Brandon Crawford’s three-run double.
Matt Cain pitched 6.1 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked two, as his season ERA climbed to 5.43.
San Francisco’s biggest issue lately has been avoiding the one big inning. That pattern didn’t change Thursday, as Cain surrendered three runs in the second inning. All three runs came via home runs off the bats of Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado.
Cain served up another long ball in the third inning. This time, Wilin Rosario was the beneficiary, as the powerful catcher hit a three-run homer into the right field bleachers to expand the Rockies’ lead to 6-0.
The Giants quickly erased a large part of Colorado’s lead in the fourth inning, however. Marco Scutaro singled to lead off the inning. Pablo Sandoval walked. Then, Hunter Pence singled to load the bases for Brandon Belt, who also walked. Gregor Blanco followed Belt with a weak line out, but Brandon Crawford made the score 4-6 with a three-run double, scoring Sandoval, Pence and Belt. Cain even chipped in, blooping a line drive over the shortstop’s head.
The Giants’ fourth inning rally seemed to have rejuvenated Cain, who went proceeded to pitch 3.1 one-hit innings following his early game struggles.
He left with a lead with one out in the seventh inning thanks to another three-run inning that was capped off by Angel Pagan’s two-run single that scored Belt and Crawford. Both Belt and Crawford reached on singles before Pagan drove them in. Blanco also collected an RBI, driving home Pence with a sacrifice fly.
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