Baseball roundup: Giants slam Rockies in the 11th

By From page B2 | April 24, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Hector Sanchez hit two of San Francisco’s six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th inning Wednesday that gave the Giants a wild 12-10 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

With the Giants on the verge of being swept in a three-game series at Coors Field for the first time in 12 years, Sanchez drove a fastball from Chad Bettis (0-1) into the bushes behind center field. The backup catcher also hit a solo homer in the eighth.

Michael Morse also hit two homers — a solo shot in the second and a three-run homer the following inning — as two Giants hit multiple homers in the same game for the first time since May 25, 2005. Brandon Hicks and Brandon Belt also went deep as the Giants rallied from a 5-1, second-inning deficit.

Hunter Pence led off the 11th with a single and Belt followed with a walk. After a sacrifice, Joaquin Arias was intentionally walked to get to Sanchez, who delivered his first career slam.

Sanchez finished with a career-high five RBIs.

Rangers blank A’s to complete sweep

OAKLAND (AP) — Martin Perez (4-0) pitched a three-hitter for his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26, helping Texas complete a three-game sweep with a 3-0 win over Oakland.

Sonny Gray (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for the A’s. He had won six straight regular-season decisions dating to September.

Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers, who moved a half-game ahead of Oakland in first place in the AL West with their first sweep of the A’s since August 2011.

The Associated Press

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