San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence hits a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
By Jeremy Kahn
Coming into the game, Hunter Pence was 2-for-32 on the season, but what a homecoming for the native Texan.
Pence, who grew up in Fort Worth and made his major-league debut for the Houston Astros came back home to haunt his former team, as he picked up two huge hits and the San Francisco Giants came back from a 6-2 deficit to defeat the Astros 7-6 in 10 innings at Minute Maid Park.
Blake Taylor served up a three-run pinch hit home run to Pence that narrowed the lead down to 6-5 in the top of the seventh inning, and then Pence hit an opposite field single that sent Mike Yastrzemski to third base. Yastrzemski walked off of Astros closer Ryan Pressly.
Following the Pence single, Darin Ruf singled to left field to easily score Yastrzemski from third base.
With a runner on second base to open the top of the 10th inning, another Giants veteran in Brandon Crawford singled to score Wilmer Flores.
It was a tough night for Giants starter Tyler Anderson, as he went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two.
Once again, the Giants bullpen came up huge in the long run, as they went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, all by Rico Garcia in the bottom of the sixth inning, as it looked like the Astros broke the game wide open; however, that was not the case in the end.
Wandy Peralta, Shawn Anderson, Trevor Gott and Tyler Rogers went the final 4.1 innings, allowing all zeroes and three strikeouts, including the final two by Rogers that ended the game.
Gott picked up his third win of the season, as the Giants evened up the three-game series against the Astros.
With George Springer on second base to start the bottom of the 10th inning, Rogers was forced to face the heart of the Astros; however, he was up to the task, as he got Yuli Gurriel to ground out to Mauricio Dubon and Springer moved up to third base. Rogers then was able to get Carlos Correa on a 2-2 pitch, and then Kyle Rogers was called out on strikes to give Rogers his first career save.
Wilmer Flores gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as he hit his first home run of the season.
Alex Bregman hit a solo home run for the Astros, and it was the 29th home runs allowed by the team this season. It was the 15th consecutive game that the Giants allowed a home run, breaking the record for most consecutive games allowing a home run.
UP NEXT: Trevor Cahill will make his Giants debut on Wednesday, as he takes the mound in the finale, while the Astros will send Zack Greinke to the hill.