"I told them that's a tremendous job on their part," he related.The Rockies might have felt differently after stranding a franchise-record 20 runners, including 12 in scoring position. They left the bases loaded in the 10th and 13th innings and had a runner thrown out at home plate to end the 14th. Then came the 15th. Dexter Fowler, who went 10-for-16 (.625) in this series with seven walks, three RBIs, three triples and seven runs scored, opened the Rockies' half of the inning by tripling to left-center field off Guillermo Mota (0-3). As they did in the 14th, when Smith reached third with nobody out, San Francisco intentionally walked the next two batters to set up a force at home -- the Giants' only alternative. Helton ended matters by lifting the first pitch to medium-deep left field, where Torres caught the ball but had no play on Fowler. The Giants' eighth-inning rally included echoes of Saturday night's victory and of their glorious past. Rockies starter Jason Hammel permitted only two runners to reach scoring position while blanking the Giants for seven innings. Then Schierholtz, whose seventh-inning triple Saturday launched San Francisco's comeback from an 8-7 deficit, pinch-hit and christened the Giants' big eighth with his second home run of the season. Torres followed with an inside-the-park homer -- a sharp grounder past first base that proceeded into the right-field corner and caromed away from Ryan Spilborghs. The speedy Torres, who was nearing third base by the time Spilborghs grabbed the ball, slid home under second baseman Jonathan Herrera's high throw. Later, Travis Ishikawa, whose grand slam Saturday highlighted the Giants' seven-run outburst against ultra-ace Ubaldo Jimenez, concluded the scoring with an RBI single. "To be honest with you, I was going to second and [third-base coach Tim Flannery] told me to keep going," Torres said. Hammel disparaged the Giants' homers.
"The eighth inning was kind of laughable for me -- a one-handed, one-armed swing that leaves the yard and a 29-hopper that comes around for another run," he said. "If that doesn't happen, that game's over three hours ago."The Giants' rally averted another hard-luck defeat for Matt Cain, who yielded three runs and six hits in seven innings. It also unearthed an intriguing fact. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time an inside-the-park homer was part of a back-to-back home run combination for the Giants was June 1, 1966, at Atlanta. Willie Mays accounted for the inside job before Willie McCovey cleared the wall. Final score: Giants 4, Braves 3. The Giants mirrored history, but couldn't fully duplicate it.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less