Pence pinch hit homer caps comeback win


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Hunter Pence spent the first 5 years of his baseball career for the Houston Astros and came over to the Giants in a trade with the Phillies in 2012. Pence came back to the Giants over the Winter after being with the Rangers during the 2019 season. He has had a slow start in his reunion with the Giants but tonight he had a big hit to give the team a win in Houston. Wilmer Flores got the team on the board with a solo shot in the top of the 2nd for his 4th homer of the year. Brandon Crawford walked in the top of the 5th but was out instantly on a Chadwick Tromp grounded into a force play. Mauricio Dubon singled to put Tromp on 2nd as Alex Dickerson roped a base hit to bring in Tromp and cut the Astros lead to 2 runs. Tromp and Mike Yastrzemski walked in the top of the 7th and up came former Astros 2nd round pick of the 2004 draft, Hunter Pence. Pence hit a 1-2 pitch to the right field seats for his first home run of the year and the Giants were within a run. The club rallied in the top of the 9th, when Mike Yastrzemski walked and Hunter Pence singled him to 3rd base Darin Ruf dropped a single to left field to tie the game at 6-6. The new rule change helped San Francisco in the top of the 10th when Flores was on 2nd and then Austin Slater singled to put runners on the corners. Brandon Crawford broke the 6-6 tie with a single up the middle to score Flores and put the Giants on top 7-6. The team had 12 hits on the day, 2 of which were homers and the rest singles. Starter Tyler Anderson went 5 innings, allowed 4 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and struck out 2 batters. Reliever Tyler Rogers recorded his first MLB save of his career.

The Houston Astros wanted to give their rookie pitcher Brandon Bielak his 3rd win of the year. The team trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd but Kyle Tucker tripled and scored on a Martin Maldonado double and Jose Altuve walked to continue the inning. Josh Reddick stepped to the plate and doubled on a to deep center field that scored Maldonado and Altuve but Reddick was out at 3rd as the Astros lead was 3-1. Alex Bregman homered to add on to the Astros lead at 4-1. The Astros opened the bottom of the 6th off with 3 straight singles to load the bases for Martin Maldonado who grounded into a double play, but Correa was out at home. Center fielder Myles Straw singled in Kyle Tucker extending their lead to 5-2. Jose Altuve followed with a single of his own and another run scored. Houston had 10 hits on the day, including 2 each from Kyle Tucker and Josh Reddick. Starter Brandon Bielak kept his unbeaten record intact but had a no decision after 5 innings, allowing 2 runs off 6 hits with 4 strikeouts and walked 1 batter.

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