DENVER Sometimes a team just needs to outhit its mistakes. Good thing the Giants are facing the Colorado Rockies woeful collection of arms.
The Giants didnt always look pretty Saturday night, especially the right-handed portion of their bullpen. But Buster Posey homered for the third consecutive game, Angel Pagan had another huge night and the Giants just kept swinging in an 11-6 victory at Coors Field.
Pagan had a four-hit performance that included a home run and three RBIs; he has reached base nine times in two games as the newly-reinstalled leadoff man. Prior to coming to Coors Field, Pagan hadnt reached base four times in a game since May 18.
The Giants have scored 27 runs in two games at Coors Field; they had scored a total of 29 runs on their most recent homestand, in which they lost seven of 10.
In fact, the Giants are now the highest scoring N.L. team in road games, with an average of 5.02 runs scored.
It always helps when you go 16-for-35 with runners in scoring position, as the Giants have done in two victories here.
Starting pitching report
Madison Bumgarner had life on his pitches while posting his fifth consecutive quality start, holding the Rockies to a run on five hits in six innings.
Josh Rutledge hit a home run in the sixth inning off Bumgarner, who has allowed a total of six homers over his last three road starts. But he didnt serve up any big flies with runners on base.
Bumgarner (12-6) did well to pitch out of a jam in the fifth that third baseman Marco Scutaro helped to create with a fielding error. Matt McBride followed with a single for his first big league hit, but Bumgarner induced a double-play grounder from Jonathan Herrera to keep the Rockies off the board.
Bumgarner struck out seven to continue a trend; over his last four starts, he has 33 strikeouts spanning 26 innings.
Is there a right-hander in the bullpen that Bruce Bochy can trust these days?
Brad Penny has ranged from mildly effective to flat-out awful, and his outing Saturday night was one from the latter column. The big right-hander just doesnt miss bats anymore. The bottom of the Rockies order went double-double-single to score twice off him and shrink a 6-1 deficit.
Clay Hensley wasnt any better. He inherited a 10-3 lead in the eighth and walked the leadoff hitter. Sergio Romo promptly gave up a long double to Ramon Hernandez that cashed in both of Hensleys runs.
Santiago Casilla was needed to bail out Javier Lopez in the ninth, and managers never like to burn their frontline guys in a blowout game.
In short: The Giant miss Guillermo Mota.
At the plate
Posey picked up the baton from a night earlier, quickly getting the Giants on the board with a booming, two-run home run in the first inning off left-hander Jeff Francis.
It was the first time in his career that Posey has homered in three consecutive games. The blast also gave him 24 RBIs since the All-Star break, the most among N.L. players.
Melky Cabrera, who walked ahead of Poseys homer, added his own shot with a solo homer in the third that ventured into Andres Galarraga territory near the top of the left field bleachers.
Posey entered the game hitting .416 against left-handed pitching, while Cabrera was hitting .403 against southpaws -- ranking them second and third in the majors. No wonder the Giants are 23-11 against left-handed starters this season.
But this is Coors Field, where extra runs are not insurance but a necessity. The Giants made it a 6-0 lead while collecting five singles in a three-run fourth inning; Francis last act was to issue a bases-loaded walk to Cabrera.
After the Rockies cut the deficit to 6-3, the Giants responded with four more in the eighth. Brandon Belt, who entered on a double switch, turned on an inside fastball for a leadoff double, and although he got a bad read on Angel Pagans single, the Rockies bungled the relay to the plate. Pagan alertly took second base and then stole third when Wilin Rosario, a catcher playing out of position at third base, was too quick with his swipe tag and ended up sweeping the dirt ahead of the runners arrival. Theriot doubled home Pagan, Posey hit an RBI single and Gregor Blanco added a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.
In contrast to their lack of clutch hitting that has plagued them most of this season, the Giants were 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position; a night earlier, they were 9-for-20 -- their most in a game since June 5, 2006, at Florida.
The Giants nearly had another big inning in the seventh, but Rockies second baseman Jonathan Herrera made a leaping grab of Joaquin Arias line drive and flipped to double Hunter Pence off second base.
The most entertaining play afield came in the first inning, when Eric Young Jr. stole second base but got picked off by Bumgarner. Third baseman Marco Scutaro dropped the ball as he was about to apply a tag, and Young refused to go down easy. The final scoring on the hilarious rundown: 1-5-6-4-5-3-1. Bumgarner made the tag as Young tried to slide around it. The Rockies gave Young a standing ovation for his effort.
The Rockies announced 35,242 paid. The winner of the 5050 raffle gets a spot in the Colorado bullpen.
The Giants conclude their series at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon. Tim Lincecum (5-11, 5.62), who endured the shortest outing of his career when he last appeared here in April, will oppose young right-hander Tyler Chatwood (1-1. 7.62). The pitching-poor Rockies scratched Chatwood from his start at Double-A to take the place of left-hander Christian Friedrich, who is out for the year because of a stress fracture in his back.