Sandoval, Pence power Giants past AstrosAug 31, 2012 - 6:29 AM
Brandon Belt went 4-for-5 with an RBI while Marco Scutaro added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Giants, who have won eight of their last 10 games.
Ryan Vogelsong (12-7) won his second straight start as he gave up four runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over six innings. He also had a hit and scored a run.
Matt Dominguez finished a homer short of the cycle and scored a run while Tyler Greene hit a solo homer for the Astros, who are mired in a slump that has seen them drop 12 of their last 13 games.
Jordan Lyles was charged with three runs on seven hits in just five innings of work for Houston. Fernando Rodriguez (1-9) gave up three runs in an inning of work to take the loss.
Houston scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead, but San Francisco took over from the fifth inning on.
In the fifth, Gregor Blanco led off with a single and moved to third on a Vogelsong single two batters later. Angel Pagan then doubled home Blanco and Scutaro followed with a single to plate Vogelsong. Sandoval's sac fly made it a 4-3 game.
The Giants took the lead in the seventh. Scutaro doubled with two outs and Sandoval tied the game when he followed with a single. An intentional walk to Buster Posey was followed by a wild pitch that put both runners in scoring position. Pence then singled to center for a 6-4 advantage.
Joaquin Arias homered to leadoff the eighth and Belt's RBI double in the ninth gave the Giants an 8-4 edge.
An RBI double from Jason Castro followed by a run-scoring single off the bat of Jimmy Paredes in the first staked Houston to a 2-0 lead.
Bogusevic's sacrifice fly in the second and a leadoff homer from Greene in the third gave the Astros a 4-0 advantage.
The Giants took eight of the nine games against the Astros this season...San Francisco begins a three-game set in Chicago on Friday...The Astros host the Reds for three game beginning on Friday...Vogelsong improved to 3-2 against the Astros.
- SAN FRANCISCO: 8
Aug 30 11:26 PM
- Gregor Blanco singled to right. On the play, Brandon Belt out at home, right field to catcher, to end the inning.
Giants 8, Astros 4 Mid 9Aug 30 11:13 PM
- Joaquin Arias lead-off Home Run (4) to left. Guillermo Mota due up.
Giants 7, Astros 4 Top 8, 0 OutsAug 30 10:50 PM
- Hunter Pence single to center scored Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey with two outs. Runner on first and Brandon Belt due up.
Giants 6, Astros 4 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 30 10:29 PM
- Pablo Sandoval single to right scored Marco Scutaro with two outs. Runner on first and Buster Posey due up.
Giants 4, Astros 4 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 30 10:22 PM
- Pablo Sandoval sacrifice fly to left scored Angel Pagan with two outs. Runner on first and Buster Posey due up.
Giants 3, Astros 4 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 30 9:36 PM
- Marco Scutaro single to short scored Ryan Vogelsong with one out. On the play, Angel Pagan advances to third. Runners on first and third and Pablo Sandoval due up.
Giants 2, Astros 4 Top 5, 1 OutAug 30 9:34 PM
- Angel Pagan double to left scored Gregor Blanco with one out. On the play, Ryan Vogelsong advances to third. Runners on second and third and Marco Scutaro due up.
Giants 1, Astros 4 Top 5, 1 OutAug 30 9:32 PM
- Tyler Greene lead-off Home Run (8) to right. Brett Wallace due up.
Giants 0, Astros 4 Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 30 9:00 PM
- Brian Bogusevic sacrifice fly to center scored Matt Dominguez with one out. None on and Jordan Lyles due up.
Giants 0, Astros 3 Bot 2, 1 OutAug 30 8:44 PM
- Jimmy Paredes single to center scored Jason Castro with two outs. On the play, Jimmy Paredes advances to second on the throw. Runner on second with two outs and Fernando Martinez due up.
Giants 0, Astros 2 Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 30 8:22 PM
- Jason Castro double to right scored Jose Altuve with two outs. Runner on second and Jimmy Paredes due up.
Giants 0, Astros 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 30 8:20 PM
- SAN FRANCISCO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 30 8:07 PM
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