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GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 2

Giants' Hunter Pence starts party with 3-run homer

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, singles in front of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba to score Angel Pagan during the eighth inning in San Francisco on Monday.

Associated Press
Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer in the first inning that held up, Buster Posey added a late RBI single and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Colorado Rockies' five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Monday night.

Madison Bumgarner (2-0) won his sixth in a row against the Rockies and owns a seven-start unbeaten run in the rivalry.

He struck out five and walked five in 5 2/3 innings Monday, allowing two runs and five hits.

One of those was Carlos Gonzalez's long homer to right in the third. The ball bounced off the pathway and splashed into McCovey Cove.

San Francisco extended its winning streak against the Rockies to seven games and bounced back from a 14-3 loss to St. Louis a day earlier.

Pence sent the first pitch he saw from Jorge De La Rosa (0-1) deep into the bleachers in left-center for one of the hardest, longest balls he has hit at home since joining the Giants last July.

Pablo Sandoval singled twice and scored a run.

Bumgarner pitched a 1-2-3 first, then issued at least one walk in each of the next four innings.

After Michael Cuddyer drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, Bumgarner was helped by a double play to get out of it unscathed.

He walked Yorvit Torrealba to start the fifth, then Eric Young Jr. one out later before escaping another jam.

Bumgarner is off to a solid start after struggling last postseason. The lefty, who spent the winter working on his mechanics, is trying to build on a 2012 season in which he won a career-best 16 games and had a 2.33 ERA in 14 home outings.

Cuddyer hit a one-out single in the sixth and Chris Nelson had an RBI single two batters later. Giants manager Bruce Bochy called for Santiago Casilla as Bumgarner walked off to a standing ovation.

Casilla went 1 1/3 perfect innings, Jeremy Affeldt pitched a clean eighth and Sergio Romo allowed Josh Rutledge's leadoff double before striking out the side for his fourth save as the Giants retired 10 of the final 11 Rockies batters.

Posey's two-out single in the eighth provided some insurance.

De La Rosa allowed six hits and his only runs on Pence's homer, struck out three and walked one in a 76-pitch outing over six innings. He is 0-4 in his last seven starts dating to 2012.

Colorado starters reached 109 straight games without throwing 100 pitches, the longest such streak since pitch count data began in 1988.

The Giants went 14-4 against the Rockies last season for their most wins in the series, including 7-2 at AT&T Park.

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