Jun 14, 2014 10:01 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
SAN FRANCISCO -- Call it inside-the-park payback.
Brandon Barnes' line drive in the top of the ninth bounced past lunging Giants center fielder Angel Pagan for a two-run, inside-the-park home run to give the Rockies their fourth straight victory, 5-4, at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon.
Both of Barnes' home runs this season have been inside the park. Not only that, but it was a measure of revenge for the Rockies, who watched Pagan beat them on a walk-off inside-the-park tally last May 25.
Trying to go home to home is a feature of Rockies-Giants games. Gregor Blanco tried to go the distance April 13 but was thrown out at the plate; the Giants, however, won that game on Brandon Crawford's 10th-inning homer.
At any rate, Barnes has become the Rockies' inside-the-park specialist. He pulled off the feat June 5 against the D-backs. On Saturday, his drive against Sergio Romo (3-3) -- who also took the loss and a blown save in Friday's 7-4 Rockies win -- came with Charlie Blackmon at first. Pagan's ill-fated diving attempt allowed the Rockies to win the series, which concludes Sunday.
Three of Romo's four blown saves this season have come against the Rockies.
But it was not without more drama. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Giants' Hector Sanchez hit an infield popup, but Rockies third baseman Charlie Culberson and shortstop Josh Rutledge collided. However, Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins (13 saves) worked Pagan into a game-ending double-play grounder.
The out at first base went to replay, and the ruling was that the call of first-base umpire Mike Muchlinski would stand.
The ninth-inning wildness made a winner of Rockies lefty reliever Rex Brothers (3-4), who entered in the eighth with a one-run deficit and struck out the side on nine pitches.
Rookie starter Christian Bergman gave up a solo homer to Hunter Pence in the first inning and a two-run shot to Buster Posey to tie the game at 3 in the fifth, but was mostly solid for six innings (eight hits, three strikeouts, no walks).
The Rockies' early scoring came off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. Colorado scored two runs on three hits, including Ryan Wheeler's RBI double and Blackmon's RBI single in the second and Rutledge's RBI double in the third.
The Giants, however, took a 4-3 lead in the seventh with two hits and a Posey sacrifice fly against Rockies righty reliever Adam Ottavino.