Sanchez's slam in 11th helps Giants beat Rox 12-10

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Backup catcher Hector Sanchez played a starring role in a wild win.

He could get used to this.

Sanchez hit two of San Francisco's six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th inning Wednesday that gave the Giants a thrilling 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. He also hit a solo homer in the eighth.

"Everybody wants to be the hero," said Sanchez, who was spelling Buster Posey in a day game following a night contest. "Everybody wants to do well."

Catching the entire game, Sanchez was starting to feel his legs cramp in the late innings. It certainly didn't affect his swing, as he fouled off quite a few pitches from Bettis before connecting. He almost instantly raised his hand because, "I knew it was out of the park," he said.

So did Bettis. But the reliever had no other choice than to try to blow a fastball by him with the count full and bases loaded.

"I put myself in a bad spot and got hurt for it," Bettis said.

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 for the Giants, who rallied from a 5-1, second-inning deficit.

"I mean, we're down 5-1, looking at getting swept here and they fought hard, found a way to win a game here," said manager Bruce Bochy, who was ejected in the fourth for arguing balls and strikes. "It makes for a better flight home."

Jean Machi (4-0) got one out in the 10th to earn the win. Sergio Romo struggled in a non-save situation, surrendering a two-run homer to Justin Morneau but retiring Brandon Barnes on a game-ending 5-4-3 double play.

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.

"We got the victory, and that's the best part," he said.