Series: Game 4 of 4

San Francisco won 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, September 15
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Game 2: Friday, September 16
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Game 3: Saturday, September 17
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Game 4: Sunday, September 18
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Giants 12

(83-70, 39-36 away)

Rockies 5

(70-82, 38-40 home)

    3:10 PM ET, September 18, 2011

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: M. Cain (12-10)

    L: E. Rogers (6-6)

    Pablo Sandoval's two homers key Giants' rout of Rockies

    Associated Press

    DENVER -- The San Francisco Giants headed home with their playoff hopes still alive.

    Pablo Sandoval homered twice in an eight-run fourth inning, part of a six-home run barrage that led the late-charging Giants over the Colorado Rockies 12-5 Sunday for their eighth straight win.

    On its longest winning streak since April 2007, San Francisco closed within four games of Atlanta, the NL wild-card leader.

    "We've done what we needed to do," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's obvious we need help. We've got to find a way to get (wins) and see what happens at the end."

    Pitcher Matt Cain, Mike Fontenot, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford also homered for the Giants, who remained five games back of Arizona in the NL West.

    The defending World Series champions have nine games left, including three against the Diamondbacks.

    "We feel like we've got a really good shot," Belt said.

    Cain (12-10) allowed five runs -- three earned -- five hits, four walks and two hit batters in five innings. He helped himself with two hits, including his first home run since May 13, 2008, against Houston.

    "I never found a rhythm," he said. "I was really working and putting a lot of pressure on myself throughout the five innings."

    Bochy said he was one batter from taking Cain out in the fifth, but Cain got Tommy Field to hit into an inning-ending double play.

    "He looked like he didn't know how to pitch with a lead like that," Bochy said.

    In a four-game sweep of the Rockies, the Giants piled up 35 runs and 48 hits. Sandoval led the way with a seven hits, including three homers, in three games. He started the series by hitting for the cycle Thursday and ended it with his second multihomer game this season.

    "What a series he had," Bochy said. "Pretty impressive. Pablo was locked in."

    Sandoval led off the fourth with a homer to center off Esmil Rogers (6-6). One out later, Belt homered and Crawford doubled. Cain followed with a homer to center.

    Sandoval ended the rally with his 22nd homer, a drive into the right-field bleachers for 10-1 lead.

    "I said to my teammates, `I got the hard ones. We'll see what happens.' When you get the hard ones, it's tough to get the easy ones," Sandoval said. "I wasn't thinking about the cycle, you just want to get a pitch to drive the guy in. I got a good pitch, and I hit a home run."

    Fontenot had given the Giants a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first.

    Colorado scored twice each in the fourth and fifth innings to close the gap, but a solo homer by Crawford helped the Giants stay comfortably ahead.

    Ty Wigginton and Seth Smith had two hits each for Colorado, which has lost five of six.

    Rogers allowed nine runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, dropping to 0-4 with a 7.81 ERA since winning three straight starts in late July and early August.

    "The ball was very true going through the strike zone and somewhere between belt and mid-thigh area," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "When you do that, you're going to get hit by good big league hitters. That's exactly what happened."

    Game notes

    The Giants activated closer Brian Wilson from the 15-day DL. ... The previous San Francisco player to homer twice in the same inning was Juan Uribe last Sept. 23 against the Chicago Cubs. ... The last time the Giants hit four home runs in one inning was Aug. 23, 1961, at Cincinnati. They last hit six homers in one game Aug. 7, 2006, at Arizona. ... The Giants open a three-game home series against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will face Clayton Kershaw in the opener. ... Colorado finishes its home schedule with a three-game series against San Diego starting Monday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumCoors Field, Denver, CO
    Attendance31,875 (63.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:09
    Weather69 degrees, sunny
    Wind4 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Joe West, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Paul Schrieber

    Research Notes

    From Elias: Giants hit 4 HR in 4th inning. Pablo Sandoval hit 2, sandwiched around home runs from Brandon Belt and Matt Cain. Last time they hit 4 or more homers in an inning was August 23, 1961 at Cincinnati. They hit 5 in the ninth inning. They were hit by Orlando Cepeda, Felipe Alou, Jim Davenport, Willie Mays, and John Orsino. Last team to hit 4 HR in an inning was the 2010 Diamondbacks, who hit 4 in an inning against the Brewers last August 11.
    Pablo Sandoval: 2 HR in 4th inning 1st player with 2 HR in an inning this season, last was Juan Uriber of the Giants, last September 23.
    Matt Cain: 5th career HR, 1st since 2008 Cain is the first pitcher to HR to straightaway CF since Dan Haren on June 28, 2010 at Cardinals.

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